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  • 15 Dec 2014 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    See the article below written by the Women's Business Development Center. We are proud to have Kaney as a member!

    Invest in the Power of Women Entrepreneurs

    MEET KANEY - Federation of Women Contractors Member!

    Kaney ONeill, president of ONeill Contractors, Inc., who, at age 19
    enlisted in the Navy with dreams of becoming a Search and Rescue Swimmer, traveling the world and earning money for college.

    She was stationed in Newport News, Virginia aboard the USS Nimitz to help refurbish the giant aircraft carrier. On September 15, 1999 Hurricane Floyd blew Kaney off a second floor balcony severing her spinal cord. A neurosurgeon, using power from backup generators, saved her life. As a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down, Kaney set out to rebuild her future by attending Northwestern University, earning both a BS and MA in the fields of Learning and Organizational Change and Learning Science.

    When jobs did not materialize after graduation, Kaney followed in the footsteps of several generations of her family by entering into the roofing business by founding ONeill Contractors, Inc. in 2007.

  • 03 Nov 2014 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    On October 23, 2014 FWC awarded the first Lifetime Member Award to Harriet Reilly of Weible & Cahill.  We are honored to have had her as part of our organization for the past 25 years.  We cannot thank Harriet enough for her constant support, encouragement, and participation.

  • 09 Jun 2014 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    We are excited to announce that the Federation of Women Contractors will be awarded the Diversity Champion Award by Metra at their upcoming networking event on June 18th. 

    We hope you will join us as we celebrate receiving this award.

    The Office of Business Diversity & Civil Rights will be presenting awards on June 18, 2014 at a networking event hosted by Metra from 1:30 - 5:00pm. The location for this event is: University Center Conference Chicago; 525 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605.  A majority of the awards for prime and subcontractors has been selected by a panel, but two awards were nomination based. The first is the Emerging Small Business Award. This award is for small businesses who have been in operation for less than five years and meet other criteria detailed in the nomination form. 


    The second award is the Diversity Champion Award which is awarded to an assist agency. This year, the Federation of Women Contractors was chosen for the Diversity Champion Award.
    This award recognizes Illinois assist agencies that influence others to work with and become involved with minority and female owned businesses, continually learn about diversity initiatives and laws pertaining to business, holds itself and others accountable for diversity inclusion, frequently participates in events or programs that promote diversity awareness, and creates or develops internal programs that promote the same.

    Please join FWC in accepting this award by attending the Award Ceremony.  To register for the event, please go to:
  • 16 May 2014 12:14 PM | Anonymous
    FWC Chicago is pleased to announce that we have been selected as the recipient of Metra's Diversity Champion Award. This award recognizes Illinois assist agencies that influence others to work with and become involved with minority and female owned businesses, continually learn about diversity initiatives and laws pertaining to business, holds itself and others accountable for diversity inclusion, frequently participates in events or programs that promote diversity awareness, and creates or develops internal programs that promote the same.
  • 19 Nov 2012 8:58 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)
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  • 15 Oct 2012 1:15 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)
    Warning: Potholes ahead.

    With federal and state funding on the decline, Illinois is spending about 40 percent less on road projects this fiscal year, a cutback of more than $1 billion from the $2.9 billion spent in the year ended in June.

    That's bulldozing jobs and forcing construction firms and their suppliers to slash overhead, stop buying new equipment and compete fiercely for remaining contracts.

    It's also sparking talk of the need for a new, multibillion-dollar borrowing program—and possibly an increase in the gasoline tax—for road projects and other construction as the state's last $31 billion capital-improvement program, enacted in 2009, runs out of borrowing authority.

    “We are facing a bleak future if nothing changes,” says Linda Wheeler, a budget expert at the Transportation for Illinois Coalition, a Springfield-based labor-management group that lobbies on transportation funding issues. “We are looking for the existing system to basically go to hell.”

    With spending projected to drop further in years ahead, the state's backlog of road repairs will nearly double within six years, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Only 68 percent of state roads will be rated “acceptable” by 2018, down from 88 percent now.

    The impact will be huge for Illinois, a national transportation hub, and its 16,000-mile network of state-funded roads, which carry more than half the state's traffic. While bad roads create delays and raise the costs of driving and moving freight, the cutbacks also mean that deferred maintenance will only increase the cost of making those repairs eventually.

    “We've got a multibillion-dollar infrastructure, and you've got to maintain it and modernize it, and that costs money,” says Doug Whitley, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “Infrastructure investment is really the cornerstone of our whole damn economy.”


    Read Entire Article at ChicagoBusiness.com 
  • 05 Sep 2012 12:27 PM | Beth Doria (Administrator)

    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has initiated a program to evaluate passenger rail improvements for the Chicago-Detroit/Pontiac passenger rail corridor. The program is being prepared in partnership with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and in association with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

    The purpose of the program is to improve intercity mobility by providing an improved passenger rail service that would be a competitive transportation alternative to automobile, bus and air service between Chicago and Detroit/Pontiac, Mich. The program will provide sufficient information for the FRA to potentially support future decisions to fund and implement a major investment in the passenger rail corridor.

    This website is being provided to keep you informed about the program and to provide opportunities for you to give input.

    Learn more at http://www.greatlakesrail.org/

    Meeting Schedule

    The public is welcome to come anytime between 4 and 7 p.m. to review the displays and talk with staff. A presentation will be given at 4:30 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. The same information will be presented at each meeting.

    Illinois
    Wednesday, September 12, 4 to 7 p.m.
    Chicago Union Station
    Union Gallery Room (off the Great Hall)
    500 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL

    Indiana
    Thursday, September 13, 4 to 7 p.m.
    Michigan City/City Hall
    100 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City, IN

    Michigan
    Wednesday, September 26, 4 to 7 p.m.
    Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
    5801 Southfield Expressway, Dearborn, MI

    Thursday, September 27, 4 to 7 p.m.
    Radisson Plaza Hotel
    100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI
    (Parking validation will be provided for the Radisson parking garage.)

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