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 2017:

  • IRTBA leadership and staff worked tirelessly behind the scenes to recruit member experts and provide custom talking points for each speaker at the Tollway Board meeting in favor of the Tri-State Tollway expansion project, which resulted in an increase to the Tri-State Tollway budget from $1.9 billion (for a rebuild in place project) to $4 billion, to include added lanes and significant interchange work – a significant win for the transportation design and construction industry. 
  • Launched a major cable, radio, and digital ad campaign supporting the Illinois Route 53 expansion project, which helped to change perception of the project by informing the public about all of the positives the project could have on the region’s economy. 
  • Worked collaboratively with labor to promote significant upcoming Tollway projects, including the expansion of both the Tri-State and Illinois Route 53/120. 
  • 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. 
  • Issued a special call to action to members regarding the I-55 Managed Lanes project being in jeopardy.
  • Mobilized and organized members of industry to write letters to the Illinois Tollway supporting advancing the Route 53 Environmental Impact Statement, to counter signatures that were received in protest of the project’s advancement. 
  • Assisted contractor members in responding unwarranted withdrawal liability notices. 
  • Published information about the City of Chicago’s new Vision Zero Truck Safety Requirements and included information about a live demo and means to contact the city about questions regarding the changes. 
  • Alerted members about ongoing issues regarding IEPA’s CCDD violation notices. 
  • Enlightened members about changes the IRS made to the filing regulations that could have affected tax liabilities for companies of all sizes for the 2016 tax year.
  • Participated in an industry press conference alongside representatives from the Tollway, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, and construction workers to raise public awareness about work zone safety. 
  • Advised members on the adoption of a new IDOT CADD Manual.
  • Issued a Call to Action to push members to contact their representative about signing the Graves-Norton letter to show support ending the HTF gimmicks and short-term patches and providing states with real certainty about future federal highway and public transportation investment.
  • Pushed for member participation in a confidential University of Illinois survey about experiences with workers' compensation and premium prices—findings were used to continue workers’ comp reform in Springfield. 
  • Educated members on extremely deceptive Memoranda of Understanding within Collective Bargaining Agreements.
  • Informed members about mandatory electronic bidding requirement being implemented at IDOT. 
  • Published multiple analyses of 2018 Chicago Mayoral Election candidates’ positions so members can make informed decisions at the polls. 
  • Informed members of other states’ legislative- and voter-approved initiatives to allocate portions of oil and gas taxes, sales taxes and other taxes to state highway funds—noting that investment in transportation pays dividends and is a political win-win.
  • Provided comments to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) regarding budget priorities which were used to develop their Long Range Transportation Plan, to be released in late 2017. 
  • Facilitated agency/industry communications through cooperative committees.
  • Promoted numerous agency public hearings in order to increase attendance and support for transportation improvement projects.
  • Provided a smartphone app for attendees to gain news and information on program changes on-the-go at the Annual Convention.

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

Contact: Liz Hutnik-Carrero | Director of Communications | E: | P: (630) 626-3576

500 Park Boulevard, Suite 1250
Itasca, Illinois 60143
Phone: (630) 773-1220
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