Last week HB 3636 passed the House of Representatives and is on its way to the Governor's Office for signature. This legislation, sponsored by Sen. John Mulroe and Rep. Kelly Burke, overturns a recent Supreme Court decision that tipped the Mechanics Lien law in favor of lenders and against contractors when a property or development went into default. Without encouragement from stakeholders Governor Quinn may be reluctant to sign the bill into law as the banking industry is applying pressure for a veto. Here is a template letterfor your use to let the Governor know the importance of this piece of legislation to our industry. Please print the letter on your letterhead sign and mail / fax to Governor Quinn as soon as possible!
Governor's Office Fax:
As always, ABCIL appreciates your commitment to protecting the free enterprise system!
As a member of ABC, your voice is heard in local and state governments, and in Washington, D.C. ABC National has a full-time professional legislative staff on the Hill protecting your rights in legislative areas.
ABC has lobbyists at the state capitol in Springfield, Illinois. They ensure that the views of our members are brought to the forefront when any legislation involving construction or business is under discussion. Involvement of ABC members in the legislative process is required if you want your voice heard at the State Capitol.
Additionally, ABC has formed a state legislative committee to examine any proposed legislation and determine the position our organization should take in order to best represent our members.
Both ABC National and ABC of Illinois have formed effective Political Action Committees (PACs) to elect friends of the free enterprise system.
For more information on how to get involved, contact ABC lobbyist
Jay Shattuck at (217)544-5490 or JayDeeShattuck@gmail.com or ABCIL's President Alicia Martin at (217)523-4692 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We also encourage you to take time to contact your Representative and Senator to encourage them to Co-Sponsor the Government Neutrality in Contracting Act. The legislation will protect taxpayers and ensure open and fair competition on government construction projects by prohibiting the government from mandating anti-competitive and costly project labor agreements (PLAs) on federal and federally assisted consturction projects.