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October 23, 2020    

Capitol News.  Illinois is limping towards the conclusion of the most unusual campaign season in my memory. November 3rd will be the denouement for the 2020 election cycle. It is highly likely, on the national level, we will not conclusively know the outcome for several days after voting concludes on that Tuesday evening. With an unprecedented number of early voting ballots already received, the absentee voting looks to continue its surge through election day. Counting those ballots all over the country will take time. To date, over 47 million ballots have been mailed in to election authorities. That is more than 1/3 of the ballots that were cast in 2016, nationally. Remarkable.

Voters in Illinois have competitive legislative races in two segments of the state. For the Illinois House of Representatives, there are two races that have attracted money and interest in the Metro-East part of the state. Incumbent Democrats Monica Bristow and Nick Reitz are in races for their political lives. Very close. Republicans are under siege in the collar counties of the state. There are predictions that a Republican minority in the House will shrink even more as Democrats tout the fact that they hope to pick up an addition 4-6 seats, mostly in the suburbs. Republicans are being outspent everywhere, as Speaker Madigan is using his substantial war chests to overwhelm those candidates. It does not look like it will end well for Republican Leader Durkin’s caucus. There is little at stake in the Illinois Senate.

The Constitutional proposition to provide Illinoisans with a graduated income tax on the ballot appears to be lagging support going into the last 11 days of the election cycle. Most numbers show support at 51-52%, short of the needed 60% for passage. This question will be the first real referendum on Gov. Pritzker’s political muscle in Illinois. Right now the tax question still needs a lot more support. The Governor has provided over $50 million of personal money to facilitate passage. However, the anti-tax faction has a bigger billionaire on their team, hedge fund owner Ken Griffin, that has provided over $45 billion to defeat the Governor’s proposal.

Be Safe. Stay Healthy. Mark Strawn & Kevin Morphew


New AGC of America discount programs.  AGC of America has announced two new member discount programs: Home Depot Pro and CLC Lodging.

About the Home Depot Pro program: AGC members can earn 2% back on all purchases and rentals made in-store or online, no matter how they choose to pay - by check, personal credit card, or Home Depot account. Click here to learn more and sign up.

About the CLC Lodging program: AGC members can save time and money using CLC’s comprehensive lodging solutions for construction companies with teams that travel. You can sign up here.

Last year, AGC of America’s discount programs saved members over $11.4 million. Check back often at the AGC of America website’s member discounts page for the latest discount programs and related information.


Sexual harassment prevention training.  Employers with employees working in the State of Illinois are required to provide all employees with annual sexual harassment prevention training compliant with Section 2-109 of the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA).

Employers may develop their own sexual harassment prevention training program that meets or exceeds the minimum standards for sexual harassment prevention training as outlined in the IHRA’s Section 2-109(B), or they may use the model sexual harassment prevention training developed by the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR).

As of January 1 of this year, employers are required to provide training to each employee each calendar year. This means that Illinois employers must complete training by December 31, 2020 and by December 31 of every year thereafter. 

Links to a number of related resources can be found on our website at


FINAL REMINDER: ASBI Virtual Convention.  The American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI) will hold its Virtual Convention on October 27-28. Contractors, consultants, DOT staff, and other industry professionals are invited to attend sessions from 1:00 to 4:30 each day and learn about the construction industry’s latest technologies and innovations.

More information on the convention is here. To attend, create a user account at ASBI’s website. Once completed, your account can be used to register for the convention here.


End-of-Week Summary. TFIC's End of Week Summary for the week ending October 23, 2020 can be found at




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