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AN ACT concerning transportation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Department of Transportation Law of the
Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is amended by changing
Section 2705-215 as follows:
(20 ILCS 2705/2705-215)
(was 20 ILCS 2705/49.27)
Cooperative utilization of equipment and
services of governmental
entities and not-for-profit
organizations for the transportation needs in
(a) The Department is directed to encourage and assist
governmental entities, not-for-profit corporations, and
service associations, between or among
themselves, in the development of
reasonable utilization of
transportation equipment and operational service
the general and specialized public transportation needs.
The Department shall develop and encourage cooperative
all entities, of programs promoting
efficient service and conservation
energy and shall assist all entities in achieving their
and in their applications for transportation grants under
or federal programs.
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(b) Implementation of cooperative programs is to be
developed within the
of the provisions of the
Intergovernmental Cooperation Act. In the circumstances of
the Department shall be guided by
that Act and any other State law
programs between those entities.
(c) The Department shall report to the members of the
March 1 of each year, its successes,
failures and progress in achieving
the intent of this Section.
The report shall also include identification
of problems as
well as the Department's recommendations.
(d) The General Assembly finds as follows:
(i) Federal regulation 23 CFR 637 requires
contractors, consultants, local agencies, and Department
personnel performing materials acceptance sampling and
testing on Federal-aid projects on the National Highway
System be qualified.
(ii) The Illinois Department of Transportation offers
Quality Control/Quality Assurance courses and specific
task training programs in order to meet the educational
requirements for qualified personnel.
(iii) All personnel who successfully complete the
required Quality Control/Quality Assurance courses or the
specific task training programs and have been entered into
departmental databases are considered qualified.
(iv) The laws of this State do not require that all
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Quality Control/Quality Assurance courses be completed at
Illinois Department of Transportation facilities. Proper
training, however, is an integral component to the success
of the Quality Control/Quality Assurance program.
(v) Due to inherent differences in administering local
projects, and due to the administrative burdens that are
imposed when enforcing quality standards, a proper system
of training is necessary to ensure laboratories remain
qualified to adequately teach and train contractors,
consultants, local agencies, and Department personnel at
(vi) Only a minimal number of facilities meet these
standards and are able to competently teach and train
qualified sampling and testing personnel.
In order to ensure that only competent training is
available, it is the intent of the General Assembly to limit
the certification of apprenticeship programs to those that meet
minimal standards and that are able to competently teach and
train. It is also the intent of the General Assembly to require
that all training managers satisfy Quality Control/Quality
Assurance standards, and that all training facilities and
apprenticeship programs in this State conform to the safety
standards imposed by the laws and regulations of this State and
the laws and regulations of the federal government.
The Department shall certify an apprenticeship program as
able to teach and train its own members for any quality
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assurance and quality control certifications issued by the
Department if the apprenticeship program meets the following
(1) the program is a United States Department of Labor
apprenticeship program conducted by a joint labor
management board that is regulated under the Labor
Management Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. 141 et seq.; and
(2) the program is conducted at a training facility
that was established prior to January 1, 2008.
The Department shall certify the curricula for the quality
assurance quality control program and shall make available all
course curricula, teaching aids, syllabi, and other materials
necessary for instruction of courses described by this
The Department may administer any testing or certify a
third party to administer and certify any testing, provided
that the entity is independent of and not an affiliate of the
United States Department of Labor apprenticeship programs
identified in this subsection (d).
If the Department does not administer the testing, the
Department and the apprenticeship program shall mutually agree
upon a third party to administer the testing. The third party
shall provide testers upon being given 10 days' notice.
(Source: P.A. 91-239, eff. 1-1-00.)
This Act takes effect upon