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 2017 advocacy goal successes include:

  • President & CEO Michael Sturino alongside members of industry testified on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives regarding the impacts the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) shutdown would have on the transportation industry and the state's economy as a whole. IRTBA staff also provided members with talking points to member speakers on the devastating impact an IDOT shutdown would have on businesses within the transportation industry. 
  • Lobbied FHWA regarding the Department of Transportation Appropriations Act 2017, which resulted in Illinois receiving $139,567,379 as a result of redistribution of unused FY2017 obligation limitation.
  • Hosted a grassroots event and industry drive down to Springfield and met with Governor Bruce Rauner, House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, Senate President John Cullerton, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, and House Transportation Committee Chairman Marcus Evans and advocated for robust investment in our transportation infrastructure. 
  • IRTBA President & CEO Mike Sturino participated in a press event with Governor Bruce Rauner and IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn regarding the regional significance and importance of the I-55 Managed Lanes project.
  • Advocated regarding I-55 Managed Lanes, Route 53 expansion, IDOT funding, Tri-State Tollway expansion, and various other legislative initiatives in legislative meetings with numerous members of the House of Representatives and Senate. 
  • Pushed for the resolution between the Illinois Tollway and Canadian Pacific Railroad concerning the Right Of Way dispute and the resolution required to complete the Elgin-O'Hare Western Access Project. 
  • Participated in a Transportation Town Hall with Rep. Margo McDermed.
  • Supported repeal of Obama-era “blacklisting rule,” which would have burdened the federal procurement process, resulting in delays and decreased competition for government contracts.
  • Hosted fundraiser for Congressman Dan Lipinski, a consistent supporter of increased revenues for a strong federal transportation program, who faces a challenger in next year’s primary election.
  • IRTBA President & CEO Mike Sturino has been named Chairman of ARTBA's Council of State Executives. He will also serve on ARTBA's Executive Committee. 
  • Followed and lobbied countless bills and regulatory measures related to transportation - including, but not limited to amendments to vehicle codes, DOT laws of civil administrative codes, OSHA Crystalline Silica Standard, IUM Tree Protection Standard, and more. 
  • IRTBA President & CEO Mike Sturino, Board Chairman-Elect Mark Barkowski (F.H. Paschen), and Board Member Dan Plote (Plote Construction) attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to promote the opening of new sections of the I-390 toll road.
  • Met with all leadership in the Illinois House and Senate.
  • Hosted multiple lobbying trips to Washington, D.C. and Springfield concerning several key legislative matters, including transportation funding and policy.
  • Worked 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.
  • Conducted regular reviews of upcoming bills and communicated with legislators about the potential impacts to the industry.

A complete outline of the IRTBA's 2017 Year in Review is available here.


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

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