THE ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS OF ILLINOIS

Construction News

October 20, 2017

CAPITOL NEWS - Mark Strawn, AGCI Lobbyist & Consultant

Legislators will return to the Capitol next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to deal with action taken by the Governor on legislation passed to his desk.  Thirty-eight different legislative items are up for action by the legislators, either outright Vetoes or in some cases Amendatory Vetoes.

As the funding at IDOT continues to worsen, with an additional $85 million taken for budget balancing purposes, the prospects for a vibrant 2018 construction season look grim.  With thousands of jobs in jeopardy, little attention is being drawn to this problem outside of our industry.  AGCI leadership is looking to address this shortfall and is preparing to aggressively reach legislators, community leaders and the public to find solutions to the problem.  With the 2018 elections looming, it will be extremely difficult for the legislature or the governor to proactively tackle this problem before ballots are counted next November.

Please, make it your priority to make responsible funding part of your discussion with any elected officials.

New Transportation Bulletin - Quality Assurance Testing

The Illinois Department of Transportation is moving to a web-based Transportation Bulletin targeted at making navigation more user-friendly for our industry partners. They have been finalizing the work on this software solution and are requesting you, or someone in your firm, assist the Department in testing the new product.

This testing will be in parallel with the scheduled November 17, 2017 letting.

Attached is a request of items for you, or someone in your firm, to validate the functionality of the new application.  The document contains all the items they would like you to try and provide feedback. This document is a guide, if you are unable to test all items listed, please just do what you can.  IDOT is grateful for any and all feedback received. 

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

AGCI is accepting applications for the Leadership Academy class of 2018.  The class meets once  a  quarter,affording  timetopracticeandtakecareofbusinessbetweensessions. Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 –5:00 pm and Thursday mornings from 8:00 - noon.  Participation fee is $1,000.  Please see the attached registration form.  If you have any questions contact Bill Frey at bfrey@agcil.orgor 217-789-2650, ext. 210.

NEW MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY AND BY-LAWS AMENDMENT

The Membership Committee would like to add a new membership category – Affiliate Member.  The new category would split out the Associate member category.  Associate members would be defined as companies that supply materials, equipment, rental equipment and tools, but do not self-perform any work on the site of a construction project. 

Affiliate members would be defined as companies that have a direct interest in the construction industry such as insurance, workers compensation, risk management and bonding companies, banks, assurance brokers, law firms, engineering firms, safety training companies, consultants, auction and real estate services, CPA firms, computer and IT services, data and communication companies, office equipment companies, sanitation services, fleet management services, alarm companies, telephone companies, underground locating services, universities that provide construction-related curricula, etc. 

Associate member annual dues will be $1,000 and Affiliate member annual dues will be $750.

The Board of Directors recommends to the Active membership the change In membership categories as well as the appropriate By-Law amendments. Please see attached.

The matter will be placed on the Agenda for a vote at the Annual Business Meeting on December 4, 2017.

If the matter is approved, current Associate members will be moved to the appropriate category.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bill Frey at bfrey@agcil.org or 217-789-2650, ext. 210.

DISTRICT ELECTIONS

Ballots have been sent for the following District Elections:

District 1—Director

District 3—Director

District 4—Director, Collective Bargaining Committee Chair and Alternate

District 5—Director

District 6—Director

District 7—Director, Collective Bargaining Committee Chair and Alternate

District 8—Director

District 9—Director, Collective Bargaining Committee Chair and Alternate

Ballots must be returned and postmarked by November 2nd.  If you haven’t received a ballot or have any questions, please contact Susan at sdokey@agcil.orgor 217-789-2650, ext. 213.

99TH ANNUAL AGC CONVENTION

Make your plans to attend the 99th Annual AGC Convention, February 26-28, 2018 in New Orleans, LA.  Come celebrate 100 years of construction, cultivate new ideas and partners, see and hear the latest in construction innovation, and leave with the tools to take your business to the next level.  Come join your fellow construction industry colleagues and benefit from the over $100 Billion worth of experience present as well as take part in 18 education sessions, 4 division sessions and meetings, 2 plenary sessions, and 2 awards ceremonies featuring the very best in the construction industry.  The AGC Convention is your opportunity to get plugged into the past, present and future of your industry. Learn more here…

REGISTER BY OCTOBER 31, 2017 & SAVE $300

EDUCATION FOUNDATION AUCTION/RAFFLE

The Education Foundation will be mixing it up at the Annual Convention this year with a combination of silent and live auctions and the Dollars for Scholars Raffle.  There will be 5 silent auction baskets that you can bid on all day.  We will have a live auction with no more than 15 items to be sold.  There will also be a scaled down Dollars for Scholars Raffle.  Only 100 tickets will be sold at $100 each.  The grand prize of $5,000 will come down to the last 5 participants.  There will be 10 - $100 drawings.

The raffle will take place at the end of the auction.  The purpose for the raffle is to show even though AGCI members compete, we come together for the good of the construction industry.  The raffle simulates this on a small scale, with contractors competing in a fun activity toward a common goal.  The raffle is meant to raise no more than $4,000 so please, do not donate your money back.  Although the Education Foundation appreciates your commitment to the program, the purpose is not all monetary.  If you would like to provide more money to the program please do so in the auction, which would be the best place to make substantial donations.  We also ask that only individuals purchase tickets, not companies or other associations.

TFIC WEEKLY SUMMARY

TFIC’s End of Week Summary can be found by following this link

http://mailchi.mp/9415e6d0ca6c/end-of-week-summary-april-1820961?e=b3849e4d5e

2018 MIDWINTER SEMINAR

So far we have a great crowd signed up to attend the 2018 Midwinter Seminar in Los Cabos.  The attendees include:

Greg & Joan Miller - Diamond Construction                                                                         

Bob & Diane Dunn - Dunn Company       

Robert & Laura Kinney - Kinney Contractors

Bill & Jennifer Kinney - Kinney Contractors

Eric Reuther & Tammy Elston - Illini Drilled Foundations

Sam & Shelly Beelman - Concrete Supply of IL

Mike & Tracey James - Astec, Inc.

Corey Ingles & Andrea - G.M. Sipes Construction

Pete & Emily Hamm - G.M. Sipes Construction

Craig & Crecia Robeen - Altorfer

Mark & Susan Bell - Midwest Fence

Lisa & Randy Roesner - Commercial Fabricators

Bob & Jeanne Bruner - UCM

Steve & Connie Ashe - E.T. Simonds Construction

The Pedregal is a first-class resort and you won’t want to miss this trip!

Visit www.theresortatpedregal.com to learn more about the resort. 

Registrations must be received by December 3to secure your room.  The registration form is located on AGCI’s website at http://www.agcil.org/cms/ckfinder/userfiles/files/MWRegistrationForm2018(1).pdf

 

 

 

 

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