The ILLBA Insider
May 2019

One Industry, One Voice!

We are Stronger Together

Dear ILLBA Members,   
Special Annual Meeting Highlights: If you were unable to attend, you'll especially want to catch up.
Member News: A lot has been happening. Be sure to take a look! 
Calendar of Events: We have quite a few important dates included.

Not an ILLBA member? Join today to receive this and many other benefits of the organization dedicated to the chauffeured transportation industry. Visit ILLBA's website or call its office at 630-665-9133 for more information.
Read on for more updates!   
Member News

Anuj Patel Joins LCT's New Industry Education Leaders Faculty

Pontarelli Companies' Anuj Patel has joined the LCT's Education Leaders faculty.

Click here for more. Have ideas for LCT education topics? Reach out to Anuj at

Windy City Limousine Earns LMC Group's Circle of Excellence Award

Congratulations to Windy City Limousine in receiving the 1st Quarter 2019 LMC Group's Circle of Excellence Award. WCL won this accolade for its superior performance in human resources policies and practices.

Read about it here.

Midwest Transit Equipment Featured in Chauffeur Driven Magazine

Congratulations to vendor member and new ILLBA board member Chris Norlin, Midwest Transit Equipment, and the team for its recent cover article!

Here's the story!

2019 Service Leader of the Year Awarded to Antoinette Gonzales

Congratulations to Antoinette Gonzales of Aries Charter Transportation for winning the Northwest Convention and Visitors Bureau 2019 Service Leader of the Year.

Please continue to submit your members news, with photos, links or videos, to Paula at the ILLBA.


2019-2020 Board

President Tracy Raimer announced the 2019-2020 Board of Directors at the May 15 ILLBA Annual Meeting.

Operator Members:
Walt Chadick, Chicago Trolley and Double Decker
Beth Cox, Cox Livery
Paula DeBiasi, Chicago CoachWorks
Scott Delheimer, Class Act Limousine
Ron Hoye, Carey Limousine Chicago/Embarque
Art Rento, Pontarelli Companies
Tracy Raimer, Windy City Limousine and Bus
Brian Sheely, Epic Limo Inc.

Vendor Members:    
Chris Norlin, Midwest Transit Equipment
Chris Weiss, Chauffeur Driven

Thank you to this year's Nominating Committee Chair Beth Cox and Co-Chair Ron Hoye, to all members and vendors for taking the time to vote, and to those who ran for a board seat.
Outgoing board vendor member Sarah McKee was recognized for her service during the ILLBA Annual Meeting.

The new board will select the 2019-2020 officers during the June board meeting.

Congratulations to the board!

Annual Meeting Highlights

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's annual meeting a success.

We are especially grateful to all sponsors, speakers and exhibitors who came to share the day with us or contributed to make it happen.

Meeting highlights are here. We will have more photos and information in the next newsletter. Stay tuned!

City of Chicago Updates

In case you missed it:

Advertising is now permitted on livery vehicles. Find it here.

For a listing of suspended livery vehicles, go here.


Get Real Time Traffic Tweets

Did you know that you can follow each of the five tollways and receive real-time roadway incident information? Go to the Illinois Tollway website for the Twitter addresses:
  • Tri-State (I-94/I-294/I-80)
  • Jane Addams Memorial (I-90)
  • Reagan Memorial (I-88)
  • Veterans Memorial (I-355)
  • Illinois Route 390
Tollway Trip Tweets include information about the type of incident, the location by nearest crossroad and milepost, and the subsequent impact on traffic, such as lane closures.

IDOT reminds everyone that the Tollway Trip Tweets are an informational service to be used only when you are not operating a vehicle. Remember, it is against the law to email, text or tweet while driving in Illinois.

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Private Facebook Page ILLBA Members

A Facebook page has been added for members to share late-breaking news, information and ask questions. Access is restricted to ILLBA members and is not public. It is another way to stay informed with the ILLBA, as well as share information with others. If you are interested in joining this page, please become a Facebook friend of Paula or Tracy and request access. Remember to join our public Facebook page too!

New Members


Board of Directors

Windy City Limousine

Vice President:
Pontarelli Companies

  Paula DeBiasi
Chicago Coachworks


Walt Chadick
Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.
Cox Livery Service
Class Act Limousine


Midwest Transit Equipment

Epic Limo

Chauffeur Driven Magazine

ILLBA Contact Info:

Quick Links

ILLBA Website

Have a Question - Email ILA

Become a Member

Upcoming Dates
NLA Day on the Hill
June 5-6, 2019
Washington, DC

Tour of Berkshire Plant (Indiana)
June 5, 2019
(RSVP required, call ILLBA office)

ILLBA Board Meeting
June 12, 2019
10 a.m. - 12 noon

ILLBA Board Meeting
July 10, 2019
10 a.m. - 12 noon

New Membership Meeting
July 23, 2019
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
(location TBD)

ILLBA Board Meeting
August 7, 2019
10 a.m. - 12 noon

ILLBA Board Meeting
September 7, 2019
10 a.m. - 12 noon

Midwest Bus and Motorcoach Association Annual Convention
August 12-14, 2019
Bettendorf, IA

Midwest Operators Meeting at BusCon
September 24, 2019, 1 - 3 p.m.
Indianapolis Convention Center

ILLBA Contact Links
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NLA Has Moved!

As you may know, the NLA has entered into a new partnership and management agreement with Chauffeur Driven.

The NLA's new address is:

National Limousine Association
1002 Lincoln Drive West, Suite C
Marlton, NJ 08053

All other contact information remains the same.

Association News

Midwest Bus and Motorcoach Association Announces Annual Convention

The MBMCA Annual Convention will be August 12-14, 2019 in Bettendorf, IA.

Go to this link for announcement and other details.

Don't Miss Out on Savings for
Limo Anywhere Conference

Discounts Available for Limo Anywhere Academy

Planning to attend the Limo Anywhere User Conference September 10-12, 2019 in Fort Worth, TX? Use the code ILLBA-LAACAD for $50 off registration.

For Sale!

2015 Lincoln Stretch Limo for Sale

Contact Dan Cosma of The 312 Limo at 773-818-4976 for more general information.

Find photos and details here.

Have something to sell? Looking to buy? Want to reach more than 250 operators? ILLBA members can place an ad for free in the newsletter!

Contact Paula at the ILLBA office for details.

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