This week I took part in meetings with State Representatives Demmer, McCombie, and Marron and State Senator McClure to discuss the current condition of Illinois' transportation infrastructure and the need to invest in our infrastructure in order to promote further business growth.
I expect the Governor to announce his appointee for IDOT Secretary shortly.
Bill movement on infrastructure has continued to be slow with the focus on minimum wage, but legislators are preparing for an ultimate vote on capital sometime this spring session and their interest in the topic has been evident from their engagement and questions in my meetings with them.
The Transportation for Illinois Coalition (TFIC) is continuing to gather signatures on their petition calling for responsible investment in Illinois' infrastructure system. If you have not signed the petition, please do so
FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
called for infrastructure investment
in his State of the Union speech this week. This fits with what we heard from members of the Illinois Congressional delegation who stressed that both parties want to see an infrastructure bill. However, the President did not outline any specifics in his speech and Congress has yet to coalesce around an idea.
Also this week, financing bills were introduced to increase the amount of tax exempt Private Activity Bonds available to USDOT and to make it easier for state and local governments to apply for TIFIA loans.
USACE REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON WATERWAYS P3
The US Army Corps of Engineers published their call for information regarding available public-private partnerships on the waterways. USACE held a webinar late last year where they emphasized they are looking initially for P3 projects that can be done without changes to federal law and for areas within federal law that may need to be changed to advance P3 projects. IDOT is working on drafting comments. You can see the request for information
. The presentation from last year's P3 Stakeholders webinar is available
BRANDON ROAD COMMENTS
Draft comments to the US Army Corps of Engineers are available
here for you to review
. Please reach out with any questions or suggested edits by email or phone.
SECOND ANNUAL WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is hosting its second Women in Business conference on March 15th, 2019 at Pinstripes in Oak Brook, IL. The event will bring together business leaders from across the State to encourage women to invest in themselves, become courageous leaders, and be a force in their careers.
Our panel topics this year focus on practices to better diversify corporations and understanding why diversity brings more business success; individual communication tactics to send a message of confidence; and learning from proven influencers on the skills that can help you get to where you want to be professionally. These panels will be capped with keynote addresses by inspiring speakers to embolden attendees to blaze their own path. The event will end with a networking and social event.
ILLINOIS CHAMBER LOBBY DAY
Please save the day for our 2019 Chamber lobby day on March 20th. If you would like to register, you can do so
TFIC LOBBY DAY
The Transportation for Illinois Coalition has scheduled its 2019 Lobby Day for Wednesday, April 3.
If you would like to attend the Lobby Day, please fill out the registration form here and return to Jennifer at TFIC or you can send to me. 2019 is shaping up to be a big year in infrastructure funding, and the TFIC Lobby Day is always a well-organized opportunity to interact with elected officials in Springfield.