Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara will be a part of the transition team for Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker to ensure the transition of power from current Governor Rauner goes smoothly.

McNamara will head the group that will deal with the financial issues that the state faces. Along with developing new strategies in the business climate to stimulate Illinois' economy.

As part of a 17 member team, McNamara says he hopes to increase capital, develop the workforce, and provide mentorship with opportunities for small businesses plus local entrepreneurs.

As Illinois moves into its new administration, McNamara says that his involvement will give Rockford "a seat at the table'.

Telling Mystateline.com:

"Bringing the focus that I've had here, when it comes to building and strengthening neighborhoods, when it comes to helping small, women and minority owned businesses start in our community," McNamara said. "I'm going to bring that focus to this committee. It's an honor to be part of it, I'm excited to be part of it."

As far as his role here in Rockford, Mayor McNamara, it will be business as usual and only expects to be a part of the transition team until shortly after Governor-elect Pritzker takes office.