Construction News

May 19, 2017

CAPITOL NEWS - Mark Strawn, AGCI Lobbyist & Consultant

The Senate’s Grand Bargain continues to capture the spotlight, although I’m not sure that the scrutiny is all favorable.  There is still considerable mistrust between the Senate Republicans and the Senate Democrats.  Then throw the Governor’s office into the mix and negotiations become quite tense.  Pension reform didn’t pass, property tax freezes were put on hold, revenue proposals are still being planned, but a spending proposal was debated.  The calendar is starting to run out.  Both Chambers are scheduled to go home this weekend.  Monday is the 22ndday of May, leaving just 9 days remaining to come to a budget agreement in the Senate, send it to the House where it will be debated and dissected and likely amended, which requires it to return to the Senate for approval.  Too many moving parts and not enough days.  The likelihood of a “lifeline” spending plan is becoming a greater reality.

AGCI and IRTBA continue to work on HB 284 – Davis- Harris, which provides a sliding scale of mandated mobility payments to sub-contractors.  Potentially, most, if not all of the mobility monies will be required to be paid to sub-contractors.  Depending on the dollar amount of the sub-contract, subs will receive anywhere from 7% - 25% of their contract amount as mobility payments, coming from the amount bid by the General contractor for mobility.  Bad bill.  We are still trying to work with the sponsors.

Please review the bills we are tracking on our website.


The weekly summary can be found by following this link

IDOT and AGCI will host an EBids training session

Wed, May 24, 2017 1:00 PM

You may join us in person at:

The Associated General Contractors of Illinois

3219 Executive Park Drive

Springfield, IL 62703

If you prefer to join us via webinar, click the link below to register:

Registration URL:

Webinar ID:  780-793-859

If you prefer to call into the training and listen in:

Conference Call (562) 247-8422 (The conference call is muted.  You may listen in only)

Attendee Access Code: 989-630-188

Use the attached form to register.


Friday, June 23rd at The Rail Golf Course in Springfield.

$150 per person includes breakfast, golf and lunch.  Shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.  The form may be found at contact Susan Dokey.  Sponsorships are also available. 

Putting Contest Sponsor—Illini Drilled Foundations

Beverage Sponsors

Roland Machinery

Hesse Martone


Hole Sponsors

Altorfer, Inc.

Asphalt Stone

Commercial Fabricators

Hennegan & Associates

P.H. Broughton & Sons

Petersburg Plumbing & Excavating

Diamond Construction

Dunn Company

Proceeds benefit the Education Foundation scholarship program.


IDOT reminds contractors that heavy traffic is expected during the Memorial Day period.  Insofar as possible, traffic hazards should be eliminated on construction and maintenance work during the period.  In accordance with Article 107.09 of the Standard Specifications, the holiday period will be from:

May 26—Friday—3:00 p.m. to

May 29—Monday—11:59 p.m.

All contractors on all types of contracts and all maintenance forces should be instructed to plan their work during the holiday period in accordance with the provisions of Article 107.09.  Since the largest percentage of holiday traffic is carried on Interstate and other rural multilane highways, particular attention should be given to eliminating lane closures on these routes unless physically precluded by stage construction or exempted by the contract provisions.

Detour runarounds should be inspected for pavement markings, signing and needed surface repairs.  Marked detours should be checked for proper signing and directional information.


Join us as the Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals in Chicago on Friday, June 2nd.  We will be watching the game from the Right Field Rooftop.

Tickets are $223.12 each, which includes food and drink.  Game time is 1:20 p.m.

Contact Brittany Stribling(217-789-2650, ext. 211) at the AGCI office for more information and to secure your tickets.

Individuals are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.  We suggest you make them as soon as possible.


Registration is now open for the 2018 Midwinter Seminar.  Save the dates of January 21 – 28 and join AGCI at the Resort at Pedregal in Los Cabos.  “Renew, Re-energize and Rediscover”; start planning your trip to Paradise now.  Bill and Jennifer Kinney (Kinney Contractors) have selected the site for 2018 and are looking forward to seeing you in Los Cabos. 

Visit their website www.theresortatpedregal.comto learn more about the resort. 

Please return your registration form by December 3to secure your room.  The registration form is located on AGCI’s website at



























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