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Communication

 

IRTBA will be the recognized authoritative public voice and credible information source for the transportation design and construction industry in Illinois. IRTBA will drive change through various methods of communication and calls to action with members and the public. The following Communications goals were accomplished in 2018:

  • Governor Bruce Rauner and IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn, along with IRTBA and agency partners called on motorists to obey work zone laws for speeding and to follow the law banning the use of mobile devices in a national press event in April to support and advocate for safer work zones.
  • ​Tollway Chairman Bob Schillerstrom, Chief Engineering Officer Paul Kovacs, and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Artl presented at IRTBA’s 2018 Annual Convention. 
  • Provided an analysis of IDOT’s FY 2019-2024 Multi-Year Plan (MYP), including a breakdown of funds and what they’ll be allocated toward, as well as how the funds compare to the previous MYP. 
  • Informed members and collaborated with IDOT and the Illinois Tollway on requirements needed to comply with new MASH testing criteria that would be going into effect mid-year.
  • Cautioned members on campaign contribution rules and restrictions that are prohibited as part of the Illinois Procurement Code.
  • Incorporated a new section with direct links to Bid Results in the Friday Facts eNewsletter to keep members apprised of bid lettings and other business opportunities from IDOT, the Tollway, counties, and other agencies.
  • Promoted the progress, through publications and social media, of the Illinois Tollway’s O’Hare Western Access Project. 
  • Converted all publications, marketing emails, etc. over to a mobile-friendly format. 
  • Significantly expanded our social media reach and engagement. Facebook page insights indicate a 72 percent increase in engaged users when analyzing a full year’s worth of data. IRTBA’s Twitter page saw an increase by 14 percent in followers (88 people/organizations) and Tweet Impressions increased by 33 percent. Our Twitter profile visits saw an increase by 34 percent, and our number of IRTBA mentions increased by 73 percent.
  • General Membership Meeting attendees enjoyed a pre-show presentation of over 120 pieces of trivia, photos, and fun facts from IRTBA's past to celebrate our 80th Anniversary! 
  • Promoted numerous agency public hearings in order to increase attendance and support for transportation improvement projects, including, but not limited to: Tri-County Access project, Interstate 80 from Ridge Road to Route 30; the southern extension of Houbolt Road over the Des Plaines River; Harlem Avenue at 63rd/65th Streets; I-55 Improvements in Will County; Illinois 47 in Woodstock, Barrington Road from Central Road to Illinois Route 62, and many more. 
  • Instructed members about the timely renewal of Clean Construction Demolition Debris (CCDD) permits, the rules involved in permit re-applications, as well as what to do if a member misses their permit re-applicat ion deadline.  
  • Publicized ARTBA’s Lanford Family Worker Memorial Scholarship, for children of fallen workers, and ARTBA Foundation’s The Helping Hand Program, which recognizes businesses with extraordinary programs—outside the scope of normal business operations—that demonstrably benefit and help improve the quality of life in the community where they are based or conduct business.
  • Provided election round-ups on the gubernatorial election, the race for Attorney General, and hotly-contested Senate and Congressional races. Also profiled several candidates in tight election races in the Friday Facts eNewsletter to better inform members on Election Day.  
  • Reported on the potential candidates for Chicago’s mayoral race after the announcement by current Mayor Rahm Emanuel that he would not be running for a third term. 
  • Enlightened business owner members about many changes the IRS made to the filing regulations that could have affected tax liabilities for companies of all sizes for the 2017 tax year. Also informed business taxpayers who make business-related payments to charities or government entities about new deductions, and about a new credit for tax years 2018 and 2019 to employers who provide paid family/medical leave. 
  • Issued a special call to action to raise public awareness for work zone safety after two, tragic work zone safety incidents occurred in the fall. 
  • Encouraged members to donate to Road Builder Charities and ARTBA’s Worker Memorial fund for #GivingTuesday.
  • Promoted CDOT’s eProcurement Vendor Workshops.
  • Participated in Metropolitan Planning Council’s (MPC) #BustedCommute social media campaign. Encouraged members to take photos to document the poor conditions of transportation infrastructure in Illinois and post them to social media to advocate for infrastructure funding and improvements. 
  • Mobilized members through a call to action to contact their legislators and tell them to oppose SB 2492 and SB 3506 – both pieces of legislation would significantly impact CCDD facilities in Illinois.
  • Submitted comments and enlightened members on some of the shortcomings of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)’s working draft of their On To 2050 Plan – most notably that the Illinois Route 53 and the Illiana Expressway did not receive support in CMAP’s plan.  
  • Rapidly informed members on the suspension of the Tollway’s electronic bidding option on all Tollway Construction Bids.
  • Promoted the Illinois Tollway’s Give Them Distance campaign with a booth at the May General Membership Meeting, on multiple social media posts, and Friday Facts articles. The campaign educates drivers about Illinois’ Mover Over Law and urges members to lead by example and “take the pledge” to Give Them Distance to promote safety.
  • Issued a press release to the media about Work Zone Safety Awareness Week and took part in a statewide social media campaign to emphasize safety at the start of the construction season through participation in #GoOrangeDay. 
  • Gained industry input on countless IDOT and Tollway special provisions and specifications, including the Special Provision for removal and disposal of regulated substances, Subcontractor Mobilization Payments, Alternate Pavement Bid, proposed changes to the 2018-19 Tollway Standards and Manuals, 3D Pilot Project Specification, Buried Moment Slab, Structure Mounted Noise Abatement Wall (TL-5), Pavement Marking Blackout Tape, Compensable Delay Costs, Subcontractor Mobilization Payments, Luminaire/LED,  Pavement Marking Blackout Tape, Compensable Delay Costs, Subcontractor Mobilization Payments, Hot-Mix Asphalt – Density Testing of Longitudinal Joints, Hot-Mix Asphalt – Longitudinal Joint Sealant, Oscillatory Roller, Hot-Mix Asphalt – Pay for Performance Using Percent Within Limits – Jobsite Sampling, Mast Arm Assembly and Pole, and Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Connector for Bridge Approach Slab, to name a few.
  • Advised members via the Friday Facts of how the City of Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinance interacts with Collective Bargaining Agreements.
  • Successfully crusaded in two separate campaigns on social media and in the Friday Facts for members to vote for local agencies’ (IDOT and the Illinois Tollway) nominated projects to receive national recognition for their superior quality and innovative work. 
  • Informed business owners of the Department of Employment Security’s proposed amendments that would impact businesses that participate in unemployment insurance, impact businesses that hire independent contractors, and the impact on businesses with unclaimed property.  
  • Released a special edition of the IRTBA Insider to provide a comprehensive recap the November election results. 

A complete outline of the IRTBA's 2018 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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