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2014 – A Year in Preview

It’s the end of the year as Illinois knows it, and you feel <insert emotion/illness/expletive>. Usually at this time every website, magazine, radio station and special interest group is listing their year in review. No doubt a lot has happened in 2013 with the ITEA…it’s been a banner year for sure. In the spirit of 2014 being the year of distracted driving reform, 2013 is in the rearview. The ITEA is eyes forward and hammer down, trucking hard into 2014. Here are some previews of what is to come in the new year for the ITEA.

3rd Annual Truck Officer Conference Hard to believe this event is already less than two weeks away!  While there are still some seats available for January 8th, it looks to be a standing room only show.  Some new faces will be presenting from the Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Revenue and our keynote speaker from Diamondback Specialized CMV Training in North Carolina. There will be truckload of new material to learn. Stand and be counted among the best and most informed…it’s only $50 for ITEA member police officers and $75 for non-ITEA police officers. You can register with the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy by clicking HERE

More prizes in the charity raffle. More free raffle prizes. Chik-fil-A for lunch (we heard your complaints from last year).  And donuts from Spunky Dunkers in Palatine (again, we listened). Your brain and your belly will leave full.

Trade Shows The ITEA is glad to partner with our friends in the trucking industry. There is no better way to get the message of the ITEA out to the industry than meeting them face-to-face on their turf.  In 2014, the ITEA will travel to two previously attended trade shows, and adding a new one. Free t-shirts and raffles for new electronics will be available at all the shows!

  1. Mid-west Truck & Trailer Show – This annual event will be held January 31st-February 1st in Peoria. For more than 50 years the Mid-west Truckers Association has held this event.  The ITEA will even have a semi-truck in the Pinewood Derby!

  2. iLandscape – This show has been rebranded and is moving from Navy Pier to the Schaumburg Convention Center February 5th-7th.  It’s been sold out for months now. There is no bigger event for landscapers in the tri-state area than this event.

  3. Illinois Truck Association Expo – This will be the first time for the ITEA to attend this event in Oak Brook, IL from September 25th-27th. We are excited to continue and grow a relationship with the ITA and their membership.

40-Hour Basic Truck Enforcement In keeping with our mission to provide the highest quality truck enforcement training to local law enforcement in Illinois, the ITEA will be offering two 40-hour Basic Truck Enforcement classes this spring instead of just one. Both classes are eligible for 50% re-imbursement from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, bringing the grand total to under $200! There is no training of this caliber for that low of a price in Illinois.

  1. April 14th-18th. The show is going on the road. Thanks to our members from the O’Fallon Police Department, we will be hosting this training for police officers in the metro-St. Louis region.

  2. April 28th-May 2nd.  This week the class will be held at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of DuPage.

Awards Glenn Strebel Award – The ITEA believes in recognition of truck officers who go beyond minimum performance to do an exceptional job. More about this award will be discussed at the Truck Officer Conference on January 8th, but in 2014 all eyes from the police and trucking communities will be looking for the officer who will receive this award at the Truck Officer Conference in January 2015.

Chapters This fall, the ITEA launched its first two Chapters in McHenry and DuPage Counties. In the first quarter of 2014, the ITEA plans to launch Chapters in Cook County (north & south), DeKalb/Kane, Boone/Winnebago and Will County.  These Chapters serve as regional points of contact and resource for both the truck officers who work in those counties, and the truckers who service those areas.  The benefits of the first two Chapters are being plainly seen. Do not miss your opportunity to get involved.

This is list of things to come in 2014 barely scratches the surface. New Standards of Practice and Resource Documents are being produced. If the IRS ever gets back to work, the ITEA will become a 501(c)(3). There will be two 8-hour ITEA certification classes (spring & fall) and the annual online test in June. More online tests & quizzes. The 40-hour Advanced Truck Officer class will return in the fall.

Keep your eyes peeled…there are always something in the works at the ITEA. Hear it here first!

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