IL Tollway Offers Networking Opportunity for Veteran-Owned Businesses

[Editor: This is the text of an October 4, 2016, news release from the Illinois Tollway.]


Firms invited to register for Veterans Business Program certification and learn about upcoming opportunities for engineering, construction and goods and services contracts

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway will host an Engaging Our Vets networking event on Friday, October 14, in Palos Hills to help veteran-owned firms prepare to do business with the Tollway and other state agencies on construction, professional engineering services, as well as goods and services contracts.

The Engaging Our Vets event will provide one-on-one assistance to help firms register for Veterans Business Program certification with the State of Illinois and gain access to Illinois Tollway contracting opportunities and participation in the competitive procurement process. Veteran-owned firms should bring the required documents to participate in onsite registration or workshops offering information and guidance pertaining to the certification requirements and process.

“We are committed to providing opportunities for veteran-owned firms to do business with the Illinois Tollway,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov. “Offering networking events like this one and supporting veteran participation goals, helps open the door for hard-working men and women who have served in our armed forces to compete for state contracts.”

The Illinois Tollway has established goals for veteran-owned small businesses for professional engineering services and construction and supports goals for goods and services contracts that are consistent with the State of Illinois Veterans Business Program.

For example, since 2015 when the Tollway began setting veteran goals for construction and professional service engineering contracts, the Tollway has paid $1.8 billion in to firms, including $28.3 million to certified veteran-owned firms.

The Illinois Tollway’s Engaging Our Vets event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Moraine Valley Community College, M Building – Moraine Business and Conference Center, 9000 W. College Parkway in Palos Hills.

The free event will include information about Illinois Tollway contracting opportunities, technical assistance programs and workshops presented by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Veteran Business Outreach Center including Veteran Business Program Certification, Creating a Capability Statement, Veteran Resources and Kick-Start Your Business.

In addition, the event will provide veteran-owned businesses the opportunity to network with other firms currently doing business with the Tollway, including work on heavy highway construction projects and the Illinois Tollway’s Facilities Job Order Contracting Program.

Registration for the Engaging Our Vets event is available on the Illinois Tollway website Pre-registration closes at noon on Thursday, October 13, but onsite registration will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 14.

For more information and event registration, please visit the Doing Business – Diversity Programs section on the Illinois Tollway’s website at

About the Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 286 miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway.

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Dan Rozek
630-241-6800 ext. 2392