Nadine Lacombe was appointed General Counsel in June 2012.
As the RTA’s chief legal counsel, she provides advice regarding regulatory compliance and statutory powers and requirements, oversees litigation, contracting, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, audit and facilities and coordinates the drafting and adoption of ordinances and resolutions by the RTA Board.
Nadine has over 25 years of legal experience. Most recently, she served as General Counsel of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, the agency overseeing all of the State’s administrative functions. There she managed the agency’s legal affairs in the areas of labor relations, employment, information technology, procurement, diversity in contracting, employee benefits and property management. Additionally, Nadine was an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney for ten years and later held positions with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the law firms of Sidley Austin, LLP, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, LLP, as Global Director of Diversity, and as a municipal finance attorney with Chapman and Cutler, LLP. Her professional background combines a litigation and transactional practice with years of public service and policy experience.
Nadine holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana and a law degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Nadine resides in Chicago with her husband and two children.