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April 9, 2021  

Capitol News.  After spending 2 weeks away from the capital city, lawmakers are scheduled to return on Tuesday to begin the sprint (slog) towards the close of the legislative spring session. The Senate extended their deadline to move bills out of committee to the 16th of April. All of the Senate efforts will be focused on what bills will move from committees next week. The House, in the meantime, will turn their attention to debating and voting on bills that passed the first committee hurdle. It will be interesting to watch the flow of work, as the House will still need to determine how much direct interaction their members will have with one another now that vaccinations have be made available to members of the General Assembly. Outside interest groups and lobbyists will still have limited access to the Capitol for the foreseeable future.

Now that we are down to the final month and a half of session, more attention will be focused on budget. How the state will allocate their federal monies will be a hot topic of debate. The state’s portion of the stimulus package will be about $7.5 billion, while local governments are in line to receive up to $5.5 billion. Will the money for the state be used to pay down the backlog of bills? Or will some lawmakers see this largesse as an avenue for new spending priorities? It will make for serious debate in the closing weeks.

Please check out our updated bill file for AGC on the website.

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.          Mark Strawn  &  Kevin Morphew


Scholarship applications.  Today is the postmark deadline for Education Foundation Scholarship applications.

The application and statement of requirements can be downloaded here.


Staff cell phones. AGCI staff members Brittany Kesterson and Justin Lefever can now be reached by cell phone: 217-971-0956 (Brittany) and 217-971-0987 (Justin).

Cell numbers and email addresses for all AGCI staff can be found in the sidebar on the left side of the front page of Construction News each week.


AGCI parking lot. The much-needed overlay of the AGCI parking lot was completed on Wednesday. Thank you to Bob Bruner and UCM for the HMA. And a special thanks to Truman Flatt and his laydown crew for the extra effort to make it a perfect job.


Education Foundation golf outing.  This year's Frank Tyrolt Education Foundation Golf Outing will be held on Friday, June 25 at The Rail Golf Course in Springfield.

The day begins with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start. Driving range and continental breakfast will be available before the start. Lunch and awards will follow after golf.

Please consider supporting the Education Foundation with a sponsorship (see registration form).

See the attached registration form for more information or contact Brittany Kesterson to register.


TFIC end-of-week summary.  Click here for TFIC’s summary for the week ending April 9, 2021.




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