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In response to the highway industry’s strong interest and to encourage maximum competition and enhance the capabilities of socially and economically disadvantaged businesses to perform highway construction projects, the Illinois Department of Transportation developed a Construction Mentor-Protégé Program (Program) that was approved by the Federal Highway Administration on September 12, 2006.

This is a pilot program that started in April 2007.

IDOT encourages any certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firm and/or prime contractor who meets the minimum requirements of the Program to submit an application (see the Program Guidelines below for the eligibility requirements). Contact the Office of Business & Workforce Diversity at 217/785-8750 if you have any questions.
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