InterBusiness Issues - January 2008

Joe Crowe

Joe Crowe, the Deputy Director of Highways in Region Three of the Illinois Department of Transportation, began his career with IDOT at the Collinsville District in June 1984. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and has held several positions within IDOT as he worked his way up the ladder. In his current position as Deputy Director of Highways, Crowe is responsible for the operations and maintenance of all state highways in 19 counties, consisting of 3,162 miles of highways and 1,469 bridges. Combined, these highways support more than 19 million miles of travel daily. The region employs 700 full-time personnel and an additional 80 to 200 temporary employees to accomplish its mission. Crowe is a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois and Missouri and a graduate of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Management Institute at the University of Indiana. He is a member of the Illinois Association of Highway Engineers, the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and the American Public Works Association. He currently serves on the Civil Engineering and Construction Advisory Board at Bradley University.


Fighting for Health Care for All

by Brad McMillan
Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service
On November 14th, more than 300 current and future leaders in the health care arena attended a special public policy symposium entitled “Health Care for ALL Americans—Building a Bipartisan Coalition for Real Change.”

Hanson Professional Services

by Brenna Scurlock
Hanson Professional Services, Inc. took its first steps toward becoming an award-winning civil engineering firm over 50 years ago.

Illinois Goes Smoke-Free

by Marsie Gale
Pioneer Signs & Lighting, Inc.
The Smoke Free Illinois Act (SFIA) will affect nearly every entry of every business and place of employment and will also supersede any local smoke-free ordinances that are less restrictive.

Manufacturing Impact of the Renewable Fuel Boom

by Mark Tomaw
RSM McGladrey
Subsequent to President Bush’s 2005 State of the Union Address and the Energy Policy Act of 2005—which set an aggressive renewable fuel standard—ethanol plants were built left and right.
Also in this issue...

Leading Change

by Dr. Chuck Stoner
Bradley University
There is nothing strange or bizarre about resistance to change. For many people, caught in the rapid pace of their daily lives, holding change at arm’s length is a reasonable way to cope and a logical way to survive.

Technology Used to Control Water System Costs

by Gary W. Davis
Farnsworth Group
What can be done to assure water systems are being maintained to provide a reliable supply to homes, businesses, institutions and fire protection systems?
Patrick Kirchhofer - Peoria County Farm Bureau
Mayor Jim Ardis - City of Peoria
W. Michael Bryant, Methodist Medical Center
Dr. John Throop - The Summit Group
Keith Steffen, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Congressman Ray LaHood - U.S. Congress
Michael Stephan, Heart of Illinois United Way
Bashir Ali - Central Illinois Workforce Network