February 23rd, 2017
A runway safety area project that CMT led at Chicago Executive Airport was honored with a Merit Award at ACEC Illinois’ annual Engineering Excellence Award banquet on February 9, in Lisle, Illinois.
“It’s certainly an honor for CMT, but I’m especially grateful that Chicago Executive is being recognized for all the work that they’ve done,” said Brian Welker, vice president. “They’ve been committed to improving their facility and expanding operations for many years now. It has become such an invaluable asset, both to the people and businesses who use the airport, and to the overall economy of the region.”
The Chicago Executive Airport Runway Safety Area Improvement project demonstrated how engineering ingenuity can help a suburban airport continue to thrive despite a tightly-constrained environment. Unable to accommodate standard FAA requirements for runway safety areas without major disruption to the community and environment just beyond its boundaries, CMT proposed, designed, and championed for both approval and funding for an Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS). This solution has already been credited with saving an aircraft that had overran the main runway. EMAS allowed the airport to improve the runway safety area without sacrificing the level of operations at the state’s third busiest airport.
Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. provides engineering and consulting services focused in Aviation, Surface Transportation, Water Resources, and Civil Site Design. The firm has 14 offices throughout the country. In 2014, CMT was named Midwest Design Firm of the Year by Engineering News-Record magazine.
February 23rd, 2017
30th Anniversary Open House
Thursday, March 30, 2017
4:00-7:00 p.m. (Program at 4:30 p.m.)
Join us in celebrating IMSA’s 30 years of thinking differently and acting boldly to re-define STEM education for Illinois and beyond. Throughout our history IMSA has transformed the paths of nearly 6,000 alumni, fostered over 1 million hours of STEM enrichment and training around Illinois, and pioneered new models that have changed the way the world teaches math and science. Come experience the amazing work of Illinois’ future innovators at our 30th anniversary open house and see what’s exciting on the horizon for the State of Illinois’ flagship STEM Academy as we work to make Illinois #1 for math and science education.
February 20th, 2017
Our local National Association of Letter Carriers 219 is looking for sponsorship for their 25th Anniversary Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Last year, locally, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collected more than 70,000 pounds of food. All food collected goes to local food pantries, including Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry, Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, and Loaves & Fishes.
The letter carriers are looking to increase the amount of food collected this year by 25 percent. They will purchase paper bags that will be distributed to more than 90,000 households in the region. In order to purchase the bags, they need sponsorships of $6000. Sponsors will provide their logo to have it printed on the bags and other advertisement. Sponsorship money is due by March 1st. They will also accept donation and/or services that they can use as incentive for schools and volunteers. Volunteers are also needed for the event. See http://nalc.org/food or call Mary Kluber, food drive coordinator, at (630) 802-5578 for more information.
February 20th, 2017
Rep. Tom Demmer files government reform package. House Republican Conference Chairman Tom Demmer has filed a package of bills and constitutional amendments designed to fix a broken state government system. The Dixon Republican collectively calls the proposed reforms the Get Government Back on Track package.
“It’s time for us to modernize the House and Senate. The current system is a relic of the backroom deals and power grabs of years gone by. If we want a different result, we have to build a different system,” said Rep. Demmer.
Demmer’s government reform package would do six things:
- Make Illinois more relevant and more accurately represented in the Electoral College by awarding Presidential Electoral Votes by Congressional district instead of the current winner-take-all formula (HB 495);
- Create the Joint Committee of the General Assembly on Rules and Operations, a bipartisan panel of legislators who would review and make recommendations on House and Senate rules, committees, procedures, and structure of the General Assembly (HB 787);
- Create a Board of Repealers to review and make recommendations on how to eliminate outdated, irrelevant, or conflicting laws, instead of just adding more to the books every year (HB 789);
- Give the Governor the ability to call for a vote on a specific bill through a new “fast-track” authority (HB 3119);
- Make the current Illinois constitutional requirement that the State enact an annual balanced budget enforceable by requiring the budget to be certified by the Illinois State Comptroller (HJRCA 19); and
Combine the office of Illinois State Comptroller and Illinois State Treasurer into one office with consolidated responsibilities (HJRCA 25).
February 20th, 2017
House committees meet, begin to advance bills. House members filed 3,921 bills in January and February 2017. Under the “First Reading” deadline, bills filed by mid-February may be considered in a House committee in the 2017 spring session. House bills filed after Friday, February 10 cannot be considered this spring as independent, free-standing pieces of legislation.
Following the bill introduction deadline, the House schedule has set aside six weeks of session time in February and March for committee action. During this six-week period, House committees will hold hearings, listen to testimony from witnesses, and hold votes on bills to be advanced to the House floor for further discussion and debate. In spring 2017, the House has organized 57 permanent and special committees to hear bills and conduct legislative action. Many of these committees began to meet this week.
February 20th, 2017
Governor Rauner delivers budget address to General Assembly. Speaking to a joint session of the Illinois House and Senate on Wednesday, Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual Budget Address, outlining his priorities and introducing his third balanced budget in as many years to be considered by lawmakers.
Saying “We must think anew and act anew,” the Governor presented a balanced budget that focuses on the future. It invests in Illinois’ future with record funding for education, transforms our pension system, and makes structural changes to improve our jobs climate.
At the request of senators from both parties, Governor Rauner outlined his parameters to the General Assembly on the Senate’s “grand bargain” compromise. He made it clear that the final product must be a good deal for taxpayers and job creators. Rauner laid the foundation for balanced budgets for years to come, controlling spending so government lives within its means, and enacting real spending reductions with meaningful pension reform.
Governor Rauner once again said he would consider new revenue if it accompanies changes to grow the economy. He asked legislators if they make an income tax increase permanent, the property tax freeze must also be permanent. Rauner also reminded the legislature that term limits are important to restoring confidence in state government and workers’ compensation reform is critical to attracting job creators to Illinois.
February 15th, 2017
In conjunction with Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois (March 5-11, 2017), the State of Illinois will conduct its Annual Statewide Tornado Drill at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7. If severe weather is possible on March 7, the drill will be rescheduled. The City of Aurora’s Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to participate in this drill. This drill provides an excellent opportunity for facilities to review and test their severe weather preparedness plans and procedure.
Follow the link in this letter to a user friendly form the Aurora Emergency Management Agency is requesting each school, business, or facility complete and submit. Total time to complete should be less than five minutes.
The Aurora Emergency Management Agency is available for site surveys, severe weather plan review, and to provide severe weather presentations.
The below link should take you right to the form. If the form does not open, please copy and paste the URL in the address bar of your browser. Another option is to visit the City of Aurora website, go to the Emergency Management tab, home page, and at the lower right of the page is a link for the Statewide Tornado Survey.
Thank you in advance for your participating in such an important drill. If you have questions or would like to request support or review of preparations, contact Joseph Jones, CEM, emergency management coordinator with the City of Aurora at EMA@aurora-il.org or by calling (630) 256-5800.