Construction News

February 21, 2020

Capitol News.  Legislators returned to the Capitol on Tuesday.  Bills are being assigned to committees as work begins in earnest to move legislation through the process.  The slog begins in earnest.  On Wednesday at noon, the Governor delivered his budget address, offering two scenarios for revenues and spending to the legislative body.  One option discussed his proposal to increase the income tax rate on the wealthiest in the state.  The second, more bleak outlook for spending, did not have additional revenue from income tax.  That more austere outlook had cuts to education and other budgetary savings to stay within the spending limitations.

We are seeing bill introductions dealing with Prevailing Wage and more.  Bills that have been introduced of importance to our industry will be available on the AGCI website in a week for your review.

Mark Strawn.  Lobbyist.  217.789.1570

Midwinter Seminar 2020.  If you would like to share or view pictures from the 2020 Midwinter Seminar in Hawaii, please visit

IDOT/Industry Joint Coop Highways Committee will meet on March 11.  If you have any agenda items you wish discussed please contact Bill Freyby March 4th.

2020 Committees.  If you would like to serve on an AGCI Committee for 2020, please complete the attached form.  Please note the Safety Committee serves as a resource center for safety issues and does not meet on a regular basis.  Deadline is February 28, 2020.

Scholarship Applications.  AGCI Education Foundation scholarship applications are now available.  The application and Statement of Requirements can be found on AGCI’s website at

The scholarship is open to children/grandchildren of full-time employees of an AGCI member.  The scholarship is $3000 per year for four years of undergraduate work considering the recipient maintains the required grades and stays in good standing with the college/university.  The Education Foundation encourages students applying to technical schools to apply.  The student must be entering into a major/course of study compatible with a career in the construction industry.

All applications must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2020.

Position Available.  Civil Engineer – Estimator – Project Manager

Iroquois Paving Corporation is seeking full time employees to estimate and manage civil construction projects in Central Illinois and the South Suburbs of Chicago.  The ideal candidate will have a degree in Civil Engineering or similar field with the ability to become licensed preferred.

The primary function of this position is to prepare cost estimates for multiple disciplines including, excavation, underground utilities, asphalt paving, concrete paving, and bridge construction.  The position will also provide project management support to operations and serve as a liaison between estimating and operations and IPC and its clients.  Other technical roles within the company will be served as well.

The position requires excellent communications skills and a positive attitude.  The position will establish grow and maintain positive relationships with clients, subcontractors and business partners.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office or similar is a must.  Experience with CAD, GPS or other relevant technology will be beneficial. 

IPC offers an excellent compensation and benefit package, including ESOP, PTO, Heath Insurance and more.  IPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




















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