Construction News

March 16, 2018


Capitol News.  The Illinois Senate adjourned Wednesday afternoon after debating somegun reforms that won’t be signed into law.  First, the bills must try to pass in a more conservative House of Representatives.  Those bills will have a tough time in the House.  Should they pass in the House, the Governor will likely Veto or make changes. 

Members from both Chambers are back in their districts in the final push before the Primary Election Tuesday, March 20.  For me the most surprising factor in elections this year are the number of undecided voters, according to polling in almost all of the state-wide races.  Democrats in the Governor’s race are stuck, with JB Pritzker leading the pack with 45% favorability and seemingly stuck at that number, despite spending $63 million to win.  In the Democratic primary for Attorney General, 8 candidates are vying to follow Lisa Madigan into that office.  Polling has former Governor Pat Quinn leading by single digits over State Senator Kwame Raoul, with the rest of the herd trying to play catch up.   Governor Rauner leads State Representative Jeanne Ives, somewhat comfortably, but will not run away with a victory.  Representative Ives will likely garner 40% + of the vote, making that election closer than anyone might imagine.  Republican Representatives who voted for the Income Tax increase are facing challenges in a half a dozen districts.  Most incumbents should survive, but there will likely be at least one race where an incumbent falls.

AGCI continues to focus on talking about a new infrastructure package to anyone who will listen.

Please see the AGCI websitefor legislation we are tracking.   Mark Strawn, 217.789.1570

St. Louis Baseball Outing.  Don’t miss out on this great event scheduled for July 27, 2018.  Watch the Cardinals take on the Cubs and enjoy good food, drinks and fun.  We have returned to the party suites this year with an upgraded menu. 

AGCI has also reserved rooms at the Hyatt Regency. 

Use the attached form to reserve your tickets and rooms.  If you have any questions, contact Brittany Stribling.

2018 Directory Ads.  AGCI is preparing the 2018 Construction Directory & Buyer’s Guide.  If you would like to advertise, please use the attached form or contact Brittany Stribling.


TFIC WEEKLY SUMMARY.  The End of Week Summary can be found at


Implementation of MASH Permanent Constant-Slope Concrete Barrier.  For all lettings after June 30, 2018, IDOT will be using a new constant-slope double face concrete barrier that meets the Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH 2016) Test Level Five requirements.  The barrier will replace the current F-shape on all projects.  Highway Standard Drawing 637001 will be issued in January 2019 reflecting these changes.  For the interim, detail drawings for the constant-slope barrier will be included in contract plans.  Draft details are attached

Multi-letting projects with an initial letting date before July 1, 2018 may be eligible to continue to use National Cooperative Highway Research Program 350 concrete barrier (F-shape) in later lettings.  On-going work by IDOT related to MASH implementation includes developing a reinforced constant-slop bridge parapet design and a temporary concrete barrier. 

For questions or more information contact John McCormick, Bureau Chief of Safety Programs and Engineering at  217-782-3658.

Spring Permit Customer Meetings.  The IDOT Customer Conference will be held on the following days:


Tuesday, March 20

IDOT Central Office—Springfield

9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

There will be no fee to attend the conference and lunch is on your own.

Thursday, March 22

IDOT District 8 State Complex—Collinsville

9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

There will be no fee to attend the conference and lunch is on your own.

Thursday, March 29

Pheasant Run—St. Charles

9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

There will be no fee to attend the conference and lunch is on your own.

The St. Charles conference is part of the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association’s Conference.  To attend the ITEA Annual Conference at the cost of $75 including lunch register here.  This year they will have a hands on DOT Inspection with the Illinois State Police.

To register for IDOT’s Customer Conference register here.


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