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Safety Awards
Tollway Board Gives Green Light to Next Phase of Study for IL Rt. 53/120
Today, the Illinois Toll Highway Authority Board unanimously approved a resolution authorizing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the IL Route 53/120 project. The move follows four years of diligent work by a broad group of government, business and environmental leaders in Lake County to advance the project, which had previously been stalled for decades. Click here for the full article

Do you have an amazing project photo? The photo for our directory cover is 5 1/2 inches wide and 8 1/2 inches tall. The photo resolution needs to be at least 300 DPI. An electronic submission of the photo is due on Friday, February 19th to the LCCA office The professionals at E&M Consulting can crop your photo to fit the cover size. Good luck!

Send submission to: tmarabella@lcca-il.org

APEX & Member of the Year AWARD WINNERS
Utility Category

Wet Weather Treatment Facility & Reservoir, LWRP, Contract 10-716-3P
Joseph J. Henderson & Son, Inc.

Building Category

Katco Development, Inc.
Chicago Park District
Grant Park South BMX/Skate Park Development

Road Category Winner

Turner Construction
O’Hare International Airport – Runway 10-28L

Hybrid Category Winner

Homestead Electrical Contracting, LLC
Fox River William G Stratton Lock Rehabilitation

Spirit of Corporation Award

Heroes of Freedom Memorial in Wauconda, IL
Berger Excavating Contractors, Inc.
Burris Equipment Co.
Home Towne Electric, Inc.
Joseph J. Henderson & Son, Inc.
McCann Industries, Inc.
McKinney Steel & Sales, Inc.
Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete Inc.
Testing Service Corporation
Waukegan Steel, LLC

Contractor of the Year
Homestead Electrical Contracting, LLC.

Subcontractor of the Year
Meyer Concrete Pumping & Conveyor Service, LLC

Associate of the Year
Benefit Partners Financial Group, LLC.

Supplier of the Year
OZINGA Ready Mix Concrete

New Member of the Year
The Horton Group

LCCA Members, the Education Corner needs your help!
We are looking for articles written by our membership to share in our Education Corner in the Monthly Newsletter and also on our Education page located on the LCCA website. We have a variety of highly educated professionals that excel in many areas of construction, education, safety, and much more! If you have time and are willing to share your knowledge with the members of the Association we welcome your submissions with open arms! Please submit them to tmarabella@lcca-il.org for review from the Education Committee!

List of the most cited OSHA violations for the construction industry for OSHA Fiscal Year 2015
The top nine standards making up the list are the same top nine from the previous year and are in the same exact order. Taking the No. 10 spot was another standard for fall protection, Standard Number 1926.502 for Fall protection systems criteria and practices. This bumped Standard Number 1926.651 for specific excavation requirements from the Top 10 and into the No. 11 spot.

Rightfully so, OSHA continues to place a strong emphasis on protection from falling!

1. Fall Protection
Standard Number: 1926.501
Title: Duty to have fall protection.
Number of Citations: 6,131

2. Scaffolds
Standard Number: 1926.451
Title: General requirements.
Number of Citations: 3,698

3. Ladders
Standard Number: 1926.1053
Title: Ladders.
Number of Citations: 2,264

4. Fall Protection
Standard Number: 1926.503
Title: Training requirements.
Number of Citations: 1,318

5. Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment
Standard Number: 1926.102
Title: Eye and face protection.
Number of Citations: 1,193

6. Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment
Standard Number: 1926.100
Title: Head protection.
Number of Citations: 981

7. Toxic and Hazardous Substances
Standard Number: 1910.1200
Title: Hazard Communication.
Number of Citations: 800

8. General Safety and Health Provisions
Standard Number: 1926.20
Title: General safety and health provisions.
Number of Citations: 793

9. Scaffolds
Standard Number: 1926.453
Title: Aerial lifts.
Number of Citations: 742

10. Fall Protection
Standard Number: 1926.502
Title: Fall protection systems criteria and practices.
Number of Citations: 604

Illinois Construction Industry Committee (ICIC) - Update
ICIC Urges Payment to State Contractors

In September, ICIC and the Illinois Mechanical and Specialty Contractors Association jointly urged Governor Rauner to make payments to Illinois contractors for work previously completed under the FY '15 budget. This week, the governor's office confirmed that it intends to pursue a bond sale in January that would provide much-needed capital funding. About $400 million of the the funds generated will go to transportation projects. About $80 million will be used to pay contractors for work on Fiscal Year '15 Capital Development Board projects. ICIC strongly supports this bond sale and will continue to push for regularly scheduled bond sales to ensure more consistent and reliable payments to contractors.

ICIC Finishes 2015 on a High Note

2015 brought new challenges and opportunities for the public building sector. An abbreviated list of the major issues ICIC worked on this year:
ICIC has long pushed for a simple registration process at the Capital Development Board that will aid contractors in identifying certified MBE/FBE firms available to work in specific construction categories. After more than two years, the registry is now up and running and will provide a valuable resource for firms seeking MBE/FBE partners. ICIC has been in regular contact with the Illinois Department of Labor to encourage much-needed reforms regarding prevailing wage, including better alignment with Davis-Bacon and clearer administrative processes. IDOL has already begun making many changes and we look forward to making additional progress in 2016. House Bill 2635 was successfully amended to address the concerns of contractors. The bill had sought to weaken the Mechanics Lien law by allowing a bond to replace a lien. Senate Bill 1334 established a "cure" period of 10 days post-bid for finalizing MBE/FBE vendors on state construction projects.

2016 Preview - What's Ahead?
If we learned anything in 2015, it's that we really can't predict what 118 state representatives, 59 state senators and one governor will do, but in spite of that, here's what we'll be working on in the new year: A meaningful capital bill remains our highest priority for 2016. Procurement Reform. ICIC will continue to push for better and simpler procurement processes. We are currently working as part of a larger business task force that is pushing for change in 2016. Public-Private Partnerships as a potential source of non-traditional revenue for capital projects will be on the agenda again in 2016. ICIC is participating in a task force that is working to establish parameters and processes that make sense. Any other proposals that would potentially impact commercial contractors in Illinois.

Annual Dinner

Benefit Partners Receiving the Associate of the Year Award

Bill Vignocchi receiving the Governor’s Award
Homestead Electric Receiving the Contractor of the year award Jim O’Connor receiving the Robert W. MacGruder Award
Katco Development receiving the Building APEX project of the year award LCCA guests (Ladies)
Santa sitting with Mrs. Boller Santa sitting with Todd Knop with Camosy Construction
Spirit of Cooperation Award for the Wauconda Heroes of Freedom Award Mr. & Mrs. Thelen & Mr. & Mrs. Ryan at the Annual Dinner

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