8th Annual Legislative Visit to Springfield

Save the Date: April 29, 2015

The Illinois Section ASCE along with partner organizations Transportation for Illinois Coalition (TFIC), APWA, ACEC-IL, ISPE, IPLSA and other Illinois ASCE Sections and Branches are converging on Springfield to speak with our elected officials about the importance of infrastructure investment and funding.

We are pleased to announce that IDOT Acting Secretary Randy Blankenhorn will be attending to give a presentation on Illinois infrastructure investment and future capital bills.

  • Do you want to meet your State Elected Officials to discuss engineering issues?
  • Do you want to coordinate with partner organizations to advance the engineering profession?
  • Do you want to help our legislators realize the importance of sustainable funding for infrastructure?

A flyer for the event can be downloaded here.  In order to sign up, please visit our registration pageThere is no cost for this event.

2015 Tentative Itinerary

April 28, 2014
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – TFIC Transportation Reception (Please coordinate with Patrick Lach regarding attendance)

April 29, 2014
7:30 am – 9:00 am – TFIC Lobby Day Breakfast (Please coordinate with Patrick Lach regarding attendance)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm – ASCE Luncheon with Partners (TFIC, ACEC-IL, ISPE, IPLSA, APWA)
Luncheon Itinerary (at Sangamo Club – 227 Adams, Springfield, IL)
                11:30 am – Meet and Greet
                12:00 pm – Lunch is served
                12:15 pm – IDOT Acting Secretary Randy Blankenhorn presentation on infrastructure funding, investment and what to discuss with legislators
                12:30 pm – Q&A with Sec. Blankenhorn
                12:45 pm – Legislative Update from ACEC-IL (Dave Bender) and/or ISPE (Kim Robinson)
                1:00 pm – Funding and other updates from TFIC
                1:15 pm – ISASCE discussion on messaging and what to discuss with legislators
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm +/- – Meetings and visits with State Senators and Representatives
3:30+ – Informal happy hour at JP Kellys Pub

How to contact your elected officials:

Lastly, if you are attending, we recommend that you reach out to your State Senator and Representative to let them know you are coming and if possible, would like to meet with them.

They are in session so they are going to be busy, but they might be able to squeeze you in for 5 minutes.  We would recommend that you call or email them (information can be found on their websites or on the Illinois General Assembly Page by clicking on either Senate or House “Members” and finding your legislator –  http://www.ilga.gov/).  Due to the busy nature of the next few weeks, many of them aren’t scheduling appointments for 4/29 until a week before

If you don’t know who your legislator is or how to contact them, feel free to start here to find out their names. http://www.elections.il.gov/DistrictLocator/DistrictOfficialSearchByAddress.aspx

Past Legislative Visits

5th Annual General Assembly Visit in Springfield
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

4th Annual General Assembly Visit in Springfield
On Tuesday, April 12th the ASCE Sections and Branches in Illinois had their 4th Annual General Assembly Visit in Springfield. The day included a luncheon with Mr. Chuck Ingersoll, Director of the Office of Planning and Programming at IDOT and Deputy Director Kevin Schoeben followed by member visits to their elected officials and concluded with a reception at the Sangamo Club.

This year members from the Illinois, Quad City, and Central Illinois Sections participated. Additionally we were joined by members from Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE), American Public Works Association (APWA), American Council of Engineering Consultants (ACEC), and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

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Pictured from L to R are: Greg Shuger (HR Green), Darcie Gabrisko (Strand), Joel Koenig (CMT), Vydas Juskelis (Village of Villa Park), Garrett Yeates (MWH), Kay Whitlock (CBBEL), Lou Arrigoni (EDI), Kevin O’Neill (URS), Bob Gorski (URS), Darren Olson (CBBEL), Al Staron (Clark Dietz), Michael Millette (Village of Downers Grove), and Thomas Burke (CBBEL).