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Advocacy

IRTBA will be the successful leader, educator, and advocate for stimulating positive change at all levels for the transportation design and construction industry in Illinois. Our 2018 advocacy goal successes include:

  • Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker attended IRTBA’s 81st Annual Meeting and gave a speech to over 1,500 members in attendance regarding the importance of transportation infrastructure, innovation, growing Illinois’ economy and construction jobs.
  • IRTBA’s President & CEO Mike Sturino testified before the Illinois House Transportation: Regulation, Roads & Bridges Committee, giving an overview of President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan and how it relates to the transportation construction industry's priorities. His testimony touched on developing a permanent solution to revenue shortfalls, the funding structure of Trump's proposed plan, and the ability to deliver the plan.
  • IRTBA’s President also testified in early May before the Illinois House Transportation Committee to address the obvious funding issues, decline in purchasing power, and potential solutions to help maintain and expand Illinois' transportation network, and also elaborated and informed the committee about several potential transportation funding solutions.
  • IRTBA leaders met with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in March to discuss transportation infrastructure and a capital bill. The Mayor in December came out in favor of a capital bill with funding from an increased gas tax and a new fee on electric vehicles. 
  • Advocated for 3P Highway lighting resulting in IDOT RFI.
  • Promoted agency coordination on 3D Modeling. 
  • Issued a call to action for members to urge their legislators to oppose a tort liability bill, SB 2481, or exclude the Road Fund from the bill, which could bankrupt the Road Fund and would have had a disastrous impact on IDOT design and construction work. As a result of IRTBA’s advocacy efforts, Govorner Bruce Rauner issued an Amendatory Veto of this harmful bill.  
  • IRTBA President & CEO Mike Sturino represented the transportation design and construction industry's interests in Springfield in November, working on a coalition with labor and business representatives to secure needed additional revenues for an Illinois capital bill. 
  • Issued a call to action for members to oppose an anti-business, anti-growth measure that would afford any person to be listed as an interested party in a proceeding, a power currently afforded to the agencies and plaintiff party requesting the proceeding. The measure could grind public construction work to a halt.
  • Filed an Amicus brief with the Illinois Supreme Court in support of the CCDD Coalition. 
  • Governor Bruce Rauner met with 50 IRTBA leaders and members of this year's Emerging Leadership Program to discuss transportation infrastructure issues and a Capital Plan in 2019. 
  • IRTBA President & CEO Mike Sturino has been appointed to serve on Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker's Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Transition Committee.
  • Issued a call to action for members to participate in a Department of Labor survey which would assist in the ascertainment of 2018 prevailing wage rates.
  • Members of this year’s Emerging Leadership Program and IRTBA leaders met with Senate President John Cullerton in Springfield during a Lobby Day in the spring.
  • Attended three stakeholder meetings regarding the Illinois Tollway’s Tri-County Access Project.
  • Participated in a lobby day in Springfield; met with IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn and Deputy Secretaries Omer Osman and Justine Sydello. Meeting discussion included IDOT's vision for the near future and ways to advocate for transportation. Members of the group engaged in candid conversations with Senate President John Cullerton, Leaders Sen. Bill Brady and Rep. Jim Durkin, as well as Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino. 
  • Met with 18 senators and 18 representatives of Congress during the Springfield lobby day and sat in on a House Appropriations-Public Safety Committee, where the subject matter was transportation. 
  • Retained, for the first time ever, the services of an exclusive lobbyist and governmental affairs director to further advance IRTBA’s legislative agenda. 
  • Kept members informed on Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal, which included $2.2 billion in pay-as-you-go funds to the Illinois Department of Transportation's (IDOT) road program.
  • Met with 14 of members of Congress and staff in May during the Federal Issues Program (FIP) & Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-in to call for long-term, sustainable funding for infrastructure projects around the country. 
  • Met with USDOT Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to discuss transportation on a national level and Illinois’ status as the transportation hub of our nation. 
  • Tracked, monitored, and lobbied countless pieces of legislation and regulatory measures related to transportation – including, but not limited to: IDOT/Tollway Procurement Authorization, Construction Man Hours Requirement, Workers' Comp Repetitive Injury, Mile Per Driving Tax, DOT Road Fund, Mechanics Liens for subcontractors, MFT fund distribution to local government, Design-Build/CMGC/ATC, Innovations for Transportation Infrastructure Act, Clean Construction Demolition Debris (CCDD), wage liens, contractor prompt payment retainage, exemption of Road Fund dollars from a court of claims measure that would remove the $100,000 limit on awards in tort cases. Also conducted regular reviews of upcoming bills and communicated with legislators about the potential impacts to the industry.
  • Met with USDOT Acting Administrator Brandye Hendrickson to identify key opportunities for automated technology, digital infrastructure, traffic management, safety, roadway design, regional planning, policy, as well as special considerations that will need to be made to accommodate Chicagoland's unique position as a hub for freight travel. 
  • Issued a legislative recap on the final day of the spring legislative session regarding the Illinois General Assembly’s budget (HB 109), most importantly noting the bill contained $8.8 billion in IDOT capital re-appropriations for projects that were put on hold during the budget impasse.
  • Attended an industry Field Day, which was a hands-on road conditions tour of roads and bridges in downstate Illinois. Attendees educated legislative champions on the needs of a capital bill. Legislators who attended the Field Day included House Transportation Committee Chairman Marcus Evans, Rep. Tim Butler, Rep. Sara Jimenez, Rep. Margo McDermed, and Rep. David Olsen.
  • U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis served at the keynote speaker for IRTBA's convention. Former Speaker of the House John Boehner also made a surprise appearance at the event.
  • Hosted and attended multiple lobbying trips to Washington, D.C. and Springfield concerning several key legislative matters, including transportation funding and policy. 
  • Collaborated side-by-side with TFIC to effectively advocate for our members and industry in Springfield.
  • Worked with elected officials, associations, agencies, and municipalities to address safety, funding, labor, diversity, the environment, electronic bidding, alternative project delivery methods, specification changes, prompt payment, funding, and procurement issues.
  • Continued regular meetings with IDOT and Tollway to discuss policy issues. 
  • Provided members with a “voter checkup” and provided resources to encourage individuals to double check their voter registration.
  • Participated in Sen. Sue Rezin’s Summer Survey to comment on the status of roads and bridges, as well as IDOT’s winter survey to comment on the status of IDOT’s infrastructure. 
  • The IRTBA Executive Committee met with then gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker in both May and July to discuss the gubernatorial candidate’s transportation agenda.
  • Met with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Director Alec Messina to address industry concerns with Clean Construction Demolition Debris (CCDD) enforcement. 

A complete outline of the IRTBA's 2018 Year in Review is available here.


Contact: Liz Carrero | Director of Communications | E: liz@irtba.org | P: (630) 626-3576

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