Construction News

August 16, 2019

Capitol News. 

Two House Speakers were in Springfield this week to rally the Democratic troops, heading into the fall.  It is one of the few times that the Speaker of Illinois House of Representatives plays second fiddle in Illinois.  US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi was in Springfield to meet with party loyalists and fans to show the colors.  With a motorcade of motorcycles and lights and sirens on cop cars, the Speaker addressed her base at the fairgrounds for both a breakfast and a luncheon.  That evening, a small fundraiser was held in town for Congressional Candidate Betsy Londrigan who is reviving her bid to unseat incumbent Congressman Rodney Davis.  I feel like I’m writing a social column for my town’s weekly newspaper.

There is still a lot of anticipation as legislators and contractors await the IDOT 6 year program, to ensure that needed and promised projects are included.  This is proving to be an enormous time filling task for the department.  It should be worth the wait.

TFIC is continuing its outreach to interested legislators who voted for the Capital programs to highlight the importance of their votes.  AGCI has been actively involved in these “Thank you” meetings.  Don’t be surprised if the AGCI office reaches out to you and your company to see if you are interested in participating in these important meetings.  If your schedule permits, please strongly consider joining the meeting and thanking the legislator(s) for their vote.        

Don’t forget to sign up for the Annual Golf Outing. 

Mark Strawn, AGCI Lobbyist    217.789.1570

40th Annual Golf Outing.  Only 1 month away!  Join us for our 40th Annual Golf Outing on Monday, September 9th at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield.  The day is always full of golf, fun, food and camaraderie.

Shotgun start at 12:00 Noon.  Cost is $175 per person (of the total amount $75 is a contribution to AGCI PAC).  Lunch and dinner are included.  If you don’t or can’t golf, then please join us for dinner for $25 per person.  The registration form can be found at

Thanks to the following companies who have already sponsored a hole!

Altorfer Cat

Asphalt Stone

Bowmark Consulting Group

Carter-Waters Construction Materials

Commercial Fabricators

Hennegan & Associates

Hesse Martone

J.L. Hubbard Ins. & Bonds

Kerber, Eck & Braeckel

Knight Engineers

Metal Culverts

Petersburg Plumbing & Excavating

Purple Wave Auction

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

Samron Midwest Contracting

Roland Machinery

Structural Rubber Products

Truman Flatt & Sons

United Rentals

2020 Midwinter Seminar.  What are you waiting for?  What could be better than winter in paradise?  Sign up today for the 2020 Midwinter Seminar at the Grand Hyatt In Kauai, Hawaii from January 25 through February 1.

Please see the attached registration form for pricing and other information.  Contact Brittany Stribling if you have any questions.  Aloha!

IDOT News.

Labor Day Holiday Memo. IDOT reminds contractors that heavy traffic is expected during the Labor Day Holiday.  In accordance with Article 107.09 of the Standard Specifications, the holiday period will be from:

August 30—Friday—3:00 p.m. to

September 2—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.

TFIC News.

Downstate Friends of Infrastructure Presentations.  Please let Bill Freyknow if you would like to attend.

August 21—11:00 a.m.

Rep. Mike Halpin and Senator Neil Anderson

MetroLink Operations and Maintenance Center

4501 4th Avenue

Rock Island


August 26—10:00 a.m.

Rep. Charlie Meier

NOTS Logistics

17848 Mockingbird Road



August 26—1:00 p.m.

Rep. Jay Hoffman (with Rep. Latoya Greenwood and Senator Christopher Belt)

America Central Port

1635 W First St.

Granite City


August 26—4:30 p.m.

Rep. Terri Bryant

Kinkaid Stone Company

4287 Kinkaid Stone Road



August 28—1:30 p.m.

Senator Sue Rezin and Rep. Lance Yednock

Location TBD

Ottawa area

End of Week Summary for August 16 can be found at




































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