Emerging Leaders Program: Springfield Drive Down


ELP Springfield Drive Down


IRTBA leaders and members of the Emerging Leaders Program descended upon our State Capitol this week to meet with state legislative and executive leadership as part of our annual Springfield Drive Down. At the top of the agenda for all of our meetings was the excessively high balance in the Road Fund. Other issues raised included concerns about various environmental bills and impacts on industry, the newly proposed transit consolidation bill and costs associated with transit operations, HB5304 which would implement speed enforcement cameras in work zones, HB4809 which would allow the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to more expeditiously move projects forward through streamlined property acquisition processes, and SB3425 which would impose enhanced penalties for assaulting transportation workers. On Tuesday, IRTBA President Mike Sturino met with Senate staff leadership to also address pending legislation, the Auditor General to discuss Lockbox Amendment compliance, Illinois State Police to review legislative and administrative issues associated with the IRTBA-supported work zone speed camera enforcement. Industry leaders met with Senate President Don HarmonHouse Speaker Chris WelchHouse Republican Leader Tony McCombieSenate Republican Leader John CurranHouse Assistant Majority Leader Jay HoffmanHouse Transportation Committee Chair Marty MoylanSenate Transportation Committee Chair Ram Villivalam, and Senate Executive Appointments Chair Laura Murphy.  ELP and industry leaders also met with Senators Don DeWitteTerry BryantJulie MorrisonLinda Holmes, and Laura Ellman, as well as Representatives Ryan SpainJoe SosnowskiNorrine HammondDan Ugaste, and C.D. Davidsmeyer


ELP and IRTBA leaders also met with Deputy Governor Bria ScudderIDOT Secretary Omer OsmanIDOT Deputy Secretary Jeremy LaMarche, IDOT staff members Kaitlyn MitchumJustan MannTim McMahon, and others from the department to discuss the need to get more work out, legislative issues, payments, staffing, and more. IRTBA’s lobbyists Cornerstone Government Affairs did their usual outstanding job of helping to facilitate the meetings with State of Illinois leadership. 


On this trip ELP and IRTBA members learned that bills are not the only things that sometimes get stuck in Springfield, but elevators too! Thanks for taking the minor hiccup in stride during this year’s Drive Down. See photos above.


Special thanks to our seasoned IRTBA members who took the time to advocate for the transportation industry in Springfield! 


  • Beth Conley, Superior Asphalt Materials
  • Beth McCluskey, TY Lyn
  • Brian Mihelich, True North
  • Dave Lorig, Lorig Construction
  • Eileen Chin, R.M. Chin & Associates
  • Jesse Sauzameda, Truck King Hauling 
  • Joe Catalano, Michael Baker International
  • John Bryan, Geneva Construction
  • John Clinnon, Wight & Co.
  • John Harris, Bluff City Materials 
  • Jon Gallagher, Gallagher Asphalt
  • Len Kapovich, S & J Construction
  • Mike Bryan, Geneva Construction
  • Mike Folkening, Civil Tech
  • Mike Paine, Dunnet Bay Construction
  • Phil Shea, Prairie/VCIMENTOS
  • Sharon Jean Baptiste, Jacobs
  • Sherry Melby, KJM enterprise
  • Tricia Walsh, Parsons