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February 17, 2017

CAPITOL NEWS - Mark Strawn, AGCI Lobbyist & Consultant

On Wednesday, the Governor delivered his 3rdBudget Address to the General Assembly.  His message provided two paths to help balance the state budget.  In his first proposal the Governor offered a plan to increase spending, make strategic cuts in programs and expenditures and a pathway to new job creation incentives and structural reforms.  He offered praise to both Republican Leader Christine Radogno and Senate President John Cullerton and urged both of them to keep moving forward with their efforts to find the Grand Bargain.

The second pathway outlined would provide the Governor with broad discretionary powers to make cuts and move monies as needed between agencies.  This is the less preferred method.  Senate Democrats have been more than a little reluctant to provide the Governor with such sweeping power to cut and move stressed monies.  The Governor’s proposal would set spending at close to $38+ billion.  FY 17 expenditures are expected to be $32+ billion.  This would be a shortfall of more than $6 billion between revenues and proposed expenditures.

Secondly this week, TFIC organized a Lobby Day on Wednesday afternoon, immediately following the Governor’s Budget address.  Almost 65 TFIC members stormed the Capitol complex.  There was a two pronged message that was delivered to legislators. First, thank you for allowing the “Lockbox” Constitutional amendment language to move forward to protect existing and future revenues.  Second, as the “Grand Bargain” discussions continue, infrastructure revenues should be part of that overarching discussion.  That message was well received.

We are now posting legislation that we are tracking with proposed positions on bills.  Please take time to review these bills on our AGCI web-site.


OPEN HOUSE

AGC of Illinois will host an open house in honor of Judy Wainman’s retirement.  She has been a staff member for 46 years.  The open house will run from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21st at the AGCI Office.

We hope to see you there.


IDOT PERMIT CUSTOMER MEETINGS

IDOT is holding 3 customer conferences for 2017 as follows:

Wednesday, February 22 - Holiday Inn—Carol Stream

This meeting will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. as part of the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association’s Annual Conference.  There will be no fee to attend the IDOT Customer Conference and lunch is on your own.  You can register to attend the rest of the ITEA conference at a discounted rate if you choose at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-itea-conference-tickets-30598014485.

Wednesday, March 15 - IDOT Central Office—Springfield

The meeting will run from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  There will be no fee to attend the IDOT Customer Conference and lunch is on your own.

Friday, March 17 - IDOT District 8 State Complex—Collinsville

The meeting will run from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  There will be no fee to attend the IDOT Customer Conference and lunch is on your own.

Agenda for the 2017 Customer Conference

· Customer Introductions

· District Staff Introductions

· Presenter Introductions

· Illinois Truck Enforcement Association (ITEA)

· Portable Scales

· Illinois State Police—Truck Enforcement Division

· Permits Update

· ITAP Update

· GIS Mapping Questions

To register for any of the 2017 IDOT Customer Conferences follow this link:  http://bit.ly/2hRI9Jn

If you have any questions, please contact the Permit Office via email at dot.permitoffice@illinois.gov


SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

Applications for the 2017-18 academic year are now available.  Please see the attached Statement of Requirements for details.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN MARCH 15, 2017.

The Application and Statement of Requirements are also available on AGCI’s website at http://www.agcil.org/education/education-news


TFIC’S WEEKLY SUMMARY

The weekly summary can be found by following this link: http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5982dbf3d5cd25d4f23a56c06&id=615e9106bd&e=b3849e4d5e.

 

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