A New Year’s Resolution
On behalf of the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association, Merry Christmas! We hope this holiday season has been filled with joy and memorable times with loved ones and friends. Christmas is often a time to look back over the past 12 months and reminisce about the year’s successes, failures and other little moments that make this crazy life worth living. It is also a time to look forward to the New Year and the challenges it will bring. Some will even go as far as to make a resolution for the New Year to better themselves, their family or their overall situation. In the spirit of this sentiment, we at the ITEA have decided to make a resolution of our own for 2017.
Since its inception in 2009, the ITEA has taken many strides and had many successes. All of the ITEA’s successes were possible because of our amazing group of members in both law enforcement and the trucking industry. As a thank you to all of members and supporters, our 2017 resolution is to give you more.
More access, more training and more resources will all be available to our members as we move into the New Year. This upcoming year, we are planning to put a special focus on our industry members. As part of this process we will officially be offering training opportunities for non-law enforcement members starting in 2017. From seminars to small classroom presentations, the ITEA will be offering educational opportunities for our trucking members who wish to have experienced ITEA instructors conduct customized classes specific to the needs of your business.
For those in law enforcement, the ITEA will offer revamped 40-hour Basic and Advanced Truck Enforcement Officer classes, along with update classes throughout the year. The ITEA website (www.illinoistruckcops.org) will also be undergoing a major facelift to make it more functional and to offer more interactive resources. We at the ITEA are excited about the upcoming changes and are working hard to make your membership even more valuable!
To kick things off, we will be hosting our 6th Annual ITEA Conference on Wednesday, February 22nd 2017 at the Carol Stream Holiday Inn (150 S. Gary Ave. Carol Stream, IL 60188). Not only have we changed the venue for 2017, we have also changed the entire format of the conference. Attendees will now have the ability to control their own experience with different breakout sessions offered every hour of the day. You will have the opportunity to network with fellow members of your profession while attending breakout sessions of your choice.
One of the biggest changes for the 2017 Conference is offering of breakout sessions designed specifically for those in the trucking industry. We have designated half of the scheduled breakout session rooms specifically for you in the industry! You will now have the chance to attend presentations by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Illinois Commerce Commission Police, Illinois State Police, Midwest Truckers Association, Oxcart Permit Systems and more!
From roadside inspections to safety stickers, these presentations are designed to address issues specific to your industry. Those in the towing or heavy haul industry should not miss this conference as we are also offering classes geared explicitly toward your specialized area of trucking. Never before has this type of training been available in one place. This unprecedented opportunity is one example of how the ITEA plans on giving more to its members in 2017.
For those in law enforcement, don’t think we forgot about you. We know that every agency is different and commercial vehicle traffic varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The breakout sessions offered to law enforcement will allow you to decide how to best spend your day. Law enforcement breakout sessions will feature presentations from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Illinois Commerce Commission Police, Illinois State Police, IDOT Safety Lane, Oxcart Permit Systems and more.
These classes are designed to offer you up-to-date information on many different facets of commercial vehicle enforcement. With the FAST Act ripping through pages of the Illinois Vehicle Code earlier this year, many federal changes were made which affected state commercial vehicle laws. Be sure to attend the 2017 ITEA Conference to learn how this law impacts your day-to-day enforcement.
The Illinois Secretary of State Police will also be presenting important information on the new Illinois Driver’s Licenses that have started flowing into the hands of Illinois drivers. Learn vital information on the security features and layout of these new licenses. Be sure to bring your law enforcement credentials as they will be checking them at the session due to the confidentiality of the information.
Looking to streamline the permitting process in your jurisdiction? If so, don’t miss a presentation by Oxcart Permit Systems. You will be privy to the features of the new online permitting systems that has revolutionized how local permits are processed. Oxcart truly is speed and efficiency at its finest. But don’t take our word for it, come see it for yourself!
Needless to say, we are very excited about the upcoming year and the 2017 ITEA Conference. We hope you share our excitement and are looking forward to taking the ITEA to the next level. To register for the 2017 ITEA Conference and view a detailed schedule of conference breakout sessions visit www.illinoistruckcops.org.
For those in the industry interested in educational opportunities for your business, please contact the ITEA Director of Industry Relations Jeff Moos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Holidays from all of us at the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association.