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Our blog section contains press releases issued by Great Plains LECET, original writings on projects being built by LIUNA members and their contractors and pieces on the activities of LIUNA and their affiliated offices. We also post articles written by some of our friends. Take a look at the latest.

Cost of Driving on Illinois Roads

MARCH 29, 2018

Chicago, IL– Roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost Illinois motorists a total of $16.4 billion statewide annually – as much as $2,485 per driver in some urban areas – due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could...

Judge: Municipal, co-op customers ineligible for Illinois solar incentives

MARCH 20, 2018

Thousands of customers of electric cooperatives and municipal utilities in downstate Illinois will not be able to take advantage of new incentives for distributed and community solar if the Illinois Commerce Commission upholds a proposed order by an administrative law judge. The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), passed in late 2016, is meant to create about 1,300 MW of new distributed and community solar in...

Supreme Court “Janus” case – background and analysis

MARCH 09, 2018

When the Supreme Court doesn’t care about facts Midway through Monday’s oral argument in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, “[H]ow much is there unionization in the general corporate sector … or private sector?” “I don’t have that number,” Francisco replied. Francisco cited very few facts, in fact,...

LiUNA Local 362 opens doors to community leaders

MARCH 09, 2018

Bloomington Laborers’ Local 362 knows training and qualifications is the key ingredient to safe and quality McLean County construction. In Stanford, the Laborers have renovated the old Olympia grade school into a Laborers’ training school.  This program is totally self-funded by hourly payments from working Laborers and our signatory contractors.  Apprentices and Journeymen workers learning skill upgrades pay no fees. ...

FIX OUR ROADS!!!!!! #bustedcommute

MARCH 06, 2018

The Metropolitan Planning Council   We’re advocating for you in Springfield to secure more resources to ease your commute. But we can’t do it without your input. Show us how failing transportation infrastructure is busting your commute. Are you constantly dodging potholes or shelling out for repairs? Did your bus or train break down recently? Is it tough to bike safely on roads...

Funding vs. Costs of Maintaining Local Roads

MARCH 06, 2018

by Craig Fink Tazewell County No other segment of the transportation system is expected to survive on just a portion of the revenue it generates. As county engineer for Tazewell County and past president of the Illinois Association of County Engineers (IACE), I have been very active for the past 15 years in IACE research and studies on the cost...