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June 4, 2021  

Capitol News.  Well it turned out to be a wild ride after all. Lawmakers passed a budget, very late in the evening on the 31st of May, that the Senate President held and did not send to the Governor right away. His move was prompting speculation everywhere on the WHY of that maneuver, once it was discovered. An interesting side note that it was a Republican Senator that outed the President’s parliamentary move. The reasoning was never fully explained after the motion to hold was removed and the budget was forwarded to the Governor for his signature. The FY ’22 budget will total more than $42.2 billion in spending. While Illinois received $8.1 billion in federal reimbursements for Covid-19 related expenses, only $2.5 billion of those monies were allocated for next fiscal year, leaving a balance of $5.6 billion for out-year spending. Hopefully, much of that will be earmarked for the UI Trust Fund debt due to Covid. Wishful thinking, I’m afraid.

Legislative maps were drawn by the majority party in both chambers that will create no end of heartburn for Republicans in the state. The Supreme Court districts were also reconfigured to help maintain the Democratic majority on the State’s highest court. Congressional mapmaking was delayed until later this summer in order to use the official census data to help define the districts.

AGCI members all in all had a pretty good legislative session, in that no monies were raided from the Road Fund. The 1% sales tax on motor fuel is now rescheduled to transfer to the Road Fund; no monies were taken to underwrite debt service for the RTA. Trailer fees were reduced on light trailers, but those lost dollars were replaced with title transfer increases to even the ledger. All in all, the TFIC coalition helped ensure that more than $250 million remained intact for the Rebuild Illinois infrastructure program.  No small victory.

A number of issues still remain to be resolved, but none of them directly affecting bottom lines for the construction industry. Energy issues are still unresolved. Paid family leave was left on the table as organized labor came out in opposition. This is an issue that will be revisited. Business interests negotiated a 7-day “paid leave for any reason” bill that pre-empted home rule governments throughout the state and provided uniformity for employers. The issue of mandating the payment of prevailing wages for private, large utility work re-surfaced and gained traction but ultimately fell short. Another strong grab by some construction unions in the state.

Both chambers of the General Assembly will return to Springfield to finish their business, likely later in June.

Please see the latest bill file of legislation we have been monitoring for AGCI members.

Be Safe.              Stay Healthy.                  Mark Strawn  &  Kevin Morphew


Education Foundation golf outing.  This year’s Frank Tyrolt Education Foundation Golf Outing is getting close — just three weeks to go!

We’ll be at The Rail in Springfield on Friday, June 25. Shotgun start at 9:00, with driving range and continental breakfast available before start. After golf, lunch and awards.

If you haven’t already, fill out the attached registration form and send it to Brittany Kesterson.

As always, we’re grateful for our members’ continued support. A big thank you to the following sponsors:

Truman L. Flatt & Sons  Civil Constructors
Hesse Martone Petersburg Plumbing & Excavating
Reagan Traffic Control Diamond Construction
Structural Rubber Midwest Fence
Howell Paving Dunn Company
J.L. Hubbard Ins. & Bonds Keeley & Sons
Advanced Asphalt Roland Machinery
Keller Construction Hennegan & Associates
Champaign Asphalt Co.  Warning Lites of Southern Illinois
Altorfer Luby Equipment Services
Sierra Bravo, Inc. P.H. Broughton & Sons
Asphalt-Stone Co. Stark Excavating
Tobey’s Construction & Cartage RoadSafe Traffic Systems
Purple Wave Kerber, Eck, & Braeckel
Kinney Contractors  

Congressman Davis.  On Thursday, AGCI joined Central Illinois Builders to present a national PAC check to Congressman Rodney Davis. Congressman Davis updated the group on how a Federal Infrastructure bill may move forward.

Jim Bruner from UCM presented on behalf of AGCI.


Cardinals baseball outing.  Tickets are now available for this year’s baseball outing. Following our meeting of the Board of Directors, we’ll be at Busch Stadium on Friday, July 16 to watch the Cardinals take on the San Francisco Giants. Watch the game in comfort from one of two party suites. Beer, wine, mixed drinks, and an all-you-can-eat buffet are included.

Pre-game festivities begin at 5:15 and the first pitch is at 7:15. We also have a block of rooms available at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch for those wishing to make a night of it. You'll find the registration form here. Fill it out and send it to Brittany Kesterson.


Continuing renovation.  In addition to the recent resurfacing of the parking lot, this week AGCI completed much-needed upgrades to our parking lot lighting. New LED lighting was installed and donated by Bodine Electric. Our thanks to Bodine for their generosity and for a job well done.


TFIC end-of-week summary.  Click here for TFIC’s summary for the week ending June 4, 2021.





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