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TAKING ACTION

Legislators respond best to the people they represent. Any legislator will tell you he or she would rather hear from a constituent than anyone else. Members of Congress depend on ABC members like you to tell them how proposed legislation or regulations will affect the construction industry, your district and especially your company and its employees.

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COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR REPRESENTATIVE

Communication by Telephone Calling is a great option when immediately trying to convey your opinion. Call a member of Congress’ office prior to an important vote to remind him or her how you would like them to vote. Congressional offices almost always count the number of calls received for and against certain pieces of legislation, and consider these calls an informal gauge of their constituents’ opinions. For example, with regard to the card check legislation, one Senate office told ABC that it had received 25 calls supporting the bill for every one call against the bill. ABC is strongly opposed to this legislation. See Appendix C for a Guide to Effective Calls.Guide to Effective Calls While it usually is best to put your views in writing to your legislators, when a vote is scheduled to take place immediately, calling your representative’s office is a very effective way to make your views known.Some points to keep in mind:Unless you are a personal friend of the legislator, it is not necessary to speak directly with him or her. You can leave a message about your concerns with the individual who answers the phone, or, better yet, with the legislator’s staff member who handles the particular issue in question. “I’d like to talk to the individual in your office who handles labor legislation.”Try not to argue. Just express your opinion. Say why you feel the way you do, and state what action you want your legislator to take. “I am against H.R.100 because it will cost my business more than $1,000 extra per employee each year– this is something I just cannot afford. Please let Representative Smith know that I urge him to vote ‘no’ on this bill.”Seek assurances that the message will be transmitted to your legislator, and request a response in writing. “Would you please pass this message directly to Representative Smith, and also send me a letter about his views on the bill?”It is very important when calling a legislator’s office to remember these cardinal rules:Be sure to give your full name and address; and, keep your call short and to the point.Your legislator’s number is available through the ABC Action app.Communicating by Fax and Email. When a bill is coming up for a vote, and there is not enough time for a letter or personal meeting, email and fax are the fastest ways to voice your opinion. The guidelines listed above for writing letters apply to these forms of communication as well. While personalized constituent correspondence is ideal, ABC also utilizes its Grassroots network and Voter VOICE software to distribute Action Alerts, making it easy to e-mail your legislators. A message is pre-written according to the legislation, and with only a few clicks a message is sent. When you receive an Action Alert, distribute it to your employees and associates- strength in numbers is the only way to be really effective in these instances.

2017 LEGISLATIVE ALERTS

HB 2439 - Responsible Bidder Requirements - 1st Notice

HB 2439 - Responsible Bidder Requirements - 2nd Notice

SB 1682 - Alarm System Licensing

ABCIL Privacy Policy


The Associated Builders and Contractors - Illinois Chapter, Inc. (ABCIL) is committed to the privacy of its members and other visitors to our web site. The following is what visitors can expect in terms of privacy and information gathered in the web site.

Information Collected on Our Site

We use cookies to collect limited information about the use of our site such as the aggregate data for number of page views and which pages were viewed. We do not use cookies to collect data for any personal information about users browsing our web site. We do collect and store any information about company name, contact name, address, phone, fax and email that is knowingly provided when a visitor registers for an event. We also collect the email address and any signature line information for those who communicate with us via the on-line email link to the general email box or to individual staff email boxes.

Use of Collected Information

Information collected becomes part of our information database which is used to track a registration or add that person to a requested mailing. Information gathered may be used by ABCIL to inform visitors of web site updates of ABCIL specific marketing programs. Emails are never sold or traded to 3rd parties. Event registration lists may be posted online.

Email Marketing From Our Site

Besides the monthly Merit Update publication, there may be other communications emailed directly to you by ABCIL. You will periodically receive other pages via email. All users have the right to opt-out of any of these mailings. Please contact us at info@abcil.org if you wish to opt out of receiving these communications.

Other Web Sites And Links

The ABCIL web site links to other web sites. ABCIL has no control over and is not responsible for the privacy policies of any other site. Protection of your privacy at those linked sites will be governed by the privacy policy of those sites.

Membership Directory

ABCIL does provide basic company information on the web site for all current members in good standing. This information can be viewed by members as well as non-members and is posted as a member benefit on the site under Membership Directory as well as Find-A-Contractor. Members can have their information removed from this area by contacting ABCIL.

Changes In Policy

This policy may change at the discretion of ABCIL. Your continued use of the site once changes to the policy have been posted constitutes your agreement to the changes with regard to the information that is being collected and the use of that information.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@abcil.org or (217) 523-4692.