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.

Being the Best means Hiring the Best

APRIL 11, 2018

Yesterday, I attended my local Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) meeting.  After our interesting discussion about upcoming legislation and the over whelming swell of social media advertising.  We got the opportunity to view Commerce Bank’s new Administrative offices at 401 Main St. Peoria.   That’s when it dawned on me how successful companies such as Commerce Bank become successful not...

Contractor Spotlight

APRIL 05, 2018

Our roots in road building date back to the early 1930’s. Originally founded as A.J. Shanks & Sons, the company built roads using horse drawn equipment and steam engine technology. In the late 1940’s the company became D.E. Lynch Contractors and grew its scope of services to include underground utilities and structures. We entered into material production with the purchase of our first...

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,...