Safety has always been the number 1 priority in our industry. As a long time board member of the Illinois Trucking Association, Cadence Premier Logistics is always ready to contribute to the continuous improvement of safety and industry standards. In this case, we worked with the Illinois State Police to help improve the safety of our roadways. If this effort saves just 1 life, we made a difference!

State troopers climb into big rigs to spot texting, crack down on distracted driving

POSTED 8:39 AM, JUNE 20, 2019, BY AMY

CHICAGO — You wouldn't expect to see state police climb into big rigs as they head out on patrol, but the giant trucks are their latest tool in the fight against districted driving.

The "Trooper in a Truck" program, an initiative between the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Trucking Association, aims to make the roads safer for vehicles of all sizes.

"As we’ve seen in the last 10 years, distracted driving in my opinion has overtaken alcohol," Master Sgt. Bryan Falat said.

From their higher vantage point, troopers are able to spot distracted drivers and radio the offending vehicle's information to waiting patrol cars. They then pull them over and issue a ticket.

More than 20 citations were issued Wednesday alone for cell phone violations, improper lane changes, seat belt faux pas and those following too closely. Troopers say this isn’t about money and tickets, it’s about education and safety. And maybe drivers will follow the rules not knowing who is in that truck driving next to them.

After all, officials say distracted driving is the leading cause of all crashes, killing 10 people every day.

"It's day and night that people are doing it, so many people are getting hurt so many people are dying because of it," Falat said.

In the year the program has been rolling, troopers have used semi trucks to patrol sections of I-57, I-55, I-70 and I-80, catching drivers doing things they shouldn’t do while behind the wheel. Their goal is more than handing out citations; they hope to change drivers' daily habits and ingrain the safest way to drive in their brains.

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Distribution: A Vision for Chicago-land


We talk about it all the time; transportation, distribution, warehousing, logistics and the ultimate supply chain, but know that none of it makes any sense until we deliver on the distribution part. Distribution is the necessary tactic that makes the supply chain work. Supply chain leaders, transportation carriers, warehousemen and logistics professionals will gather to learn just what makes distribution the key link in the supply chain. Know too that if your team doesn't win, your supply chain will rust. We only get paid when we deliver what the customer wants (pick), when the customer wants (time sensitive), where the customer wants (the right place), and at the price that they are willing to pay.

Did you know that Will County is the largest and fastest growing county in the country in new business development? More freight moves in and out of Will County than any other county in the country. Join us for this spectacular event and meet Will County’s Economic Business Development leadership team and learn how transportation has played such a vital role in our backyard of Will County.

Join leaders in logistics and sasters of the supply chain as they collaborate, connect, join forces, discuss, deliberate and talk about the values that distribution plays as it differentiates from among the players in the supply chain process. All this takes place at the Traffic Club of Chicago's Executive Briefing on September 27th at the offices of Cadence Premier Logistics (2250 S Chicago Avenue, Joliet IL 60436) located right in the heart of Will County. Save the date and plan to be there for lunch which will be served on the indoor soccer field at the distribution facilities of Cadence.

Bring a friend and please enter through the Soccer Field entrance, far right side door. Grow personally and professionally and enjoy the hospitality of our host. Come a little early and stay a little late. Use the network value that the Traffic Club of Chicago offers to its members and friends of the club.

Location: Cadence Premier Logistics, 2250 S Chicago St, Joliet, IL 60436

The event will take place on their indoor soccer field!

Date & Time: September 27th, 2018 (11:00AM - 2:00PM)

Draft Agenda

11:00AM - 11:30AM: Check-in & networking

11:30AM - 12:15PM: Lunch

12:15PM - 12:30PM: Introduction

12:30PM - 1:30PM: Panel Session

Speakers & Panelists

(Panelist)  Rocky Caylor   President & CEO  Cadence Premier Logistics

Rocky Caylor
President & CEO
Cadence Premier Logistics

(Panelist)  Bob Moran   Principal  First Logistics

Bob Moran
First Logistics

(Speaker)  John Greuling   President & CEO  Will County Center for Economic Development

John Greuling
President & CEO
Will County Center for Economic Development

(Panelist)  Bob Shaunnessey   Vice President  Partners Warehouse

Bob Shaunnessey
Vice President
Partners Warehouse

(Moderator)  Matt Hart   Executive Director  Illinois Trucking Associataion

Matt Hart
Executive Director
Illinois Trucking Associataion

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Message from our President/CEO Rocky Caylor

FMCSA Proposes Changes to the Use of Commercial Motor Vehicles as Personal Conveyance, Information provided
by Roberts Perryman PC.

December 27, 2017 -

With the implementation of mandated ELDs, the FMCSA has proposed removing the “unladen” requirement for personal conveyance. The reason for the proposed change is the inadvertent effect on drivers of single-unit, or straight trucks, not being able to utilize personal conveyance because the trailer cannot be detached.

Under the current FMCSA guidelines, a driver may use his or her CMV for personal conveyance when (1) he has been relieved from all responsibility for performing work; (2) he only needs to travel a short distance and (3) is not laden with freight. Clearly this works for combination vehicles where the trailer can be readily detached but fails to address those drivers who are unable to leave their loads.

The new guidance focuses on the reason the driver is operating a CMV while off duty and discards the “laden” and “short distance” requirements.  The proposed guidance states:

A driver may record time operating a CMV for personal conveyance (i.e., for personal use or reasons) as off-duty only when the driver is relieved from work and all responsibility for performing work.

(a) Examples of appropriate uses of a CMV while off-duty for personal conveyance include, but not limited to:
     1. Time spent traveling from a driver’s en route lodging (such as a motel or truck    stop) to restaurants and entertainment facilities and back to the lodging.
     2. Commuting from the last location where on-duty activity occurred to the driver’s permanent residence and back to the last on-duty location.  This would include commuting between the driver’s terminal and his or her residence, between trailer-drop lots and the driver’s residence, and between work sites and his or her residence.

(b) Examples of use of a CMV that would not qualify as personal conveyance include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. The movement of a CMV to enhance the operational readiness of a motor carrier.  For example, moving the CMV closer to its next loading or unloading point or other motor carrier-scheduled destination, regardless of other factors.
     2. After delivering a towed unit, and the towing unit no longer meets the definition of a CMV, the driver returns to the point of origin under the direction of the motor carrier in order to pick up another towed unit.
     3. Continuation of a CMV trip in interstate commerce, even after the vehicle is unloaded.  In this scenario, on-duty time does not end until the driver reaches a location designated or authorized by the carrier for parking or storage of the CMV, such as a permanent residence, authorized lodging, or home terminal.
     4. Bobtailing or operating with an empty trailer to retrieve another load.
     5. Repositioning a CMV and or trailer at the direction of the motor carrier.

The CMV may be used for personal conveyance even if it is laden, since the load is not being transported for the commercial benefit of the carrier at that time.

The guidance as currently proposed gives discretion to drivers as to when to use their CMV as a “personal conveyance”.  However, it is ultimately the motor carriers’ decision as to whether or not allow personal conveyance to be used by its employee drivers.  Without set times or distances, there are opportunities to circumvent hours of service requirements, especially if a CMV operating as a personal conveyance can be laden.  This can leave a carrier in a precarious position where it has reservations regarding whether a driver properly used a CMV when logged as personal conveyance as well as being subject to violations affecting CSA scores if the driver is found in violation of not using personal conveyance as intended.  Though a carrier may propose edits to a driver’s logs, ultimately the driver has final say on ELD log submissions.  This issue becomes even more complicated for carriers using owner-operators.  Crossing the line of “control” by restricting a driver’s use of his vehicle can expose a carrier to the risk of being found misclassifying employees.

In a broader sense, allowing drivers to operate their CMVs as a personal conveyance while laden can cause potential legal and insurance quandaries should the driver be in an accident.  For example, under the proposed guidance, the carrier is receiving no benefit from a driver operating a vehicle as a personal conveyance.  However, it would be difficult for a carrier to argue that driver was not in the course and scope of his or her employment when the driver was laden with the carrier’s load.  It is a tough pill to swallow from a motor carrier perspective to be held liable where the company had no control over the driver’s use of personal conveyance, yet they had allowed for personal conveyance to be used.

Though most drivers and companies will likely use the personal conveyance guidance as intended, the guidance is far from perfect and opens the door for a litany of other issues for carriers.  If you have any questions regarding personal conveyance please feel free to contact Roberts Perryman, P.C. We can help you to identify and implement strategies to avoid the pitfalls of personal conveyance.

A Message from our President/CEO Rocky Caylor

Two leaders in their respective industry's

Amazon quietly launched an app called Relay to go after truck drivers

  • Amazon has quietly launched Relay, its first app designed for truck drivers that makes it easier to pick up and drop off packages at Amazon warehouses.
  • The app will give Amazon direct access to millions of truck drivers across the country.
  • Amazon is reportedly working on another app that would match truck drivers with cargo.

Article By: Eugene Kim | @eugenekim222

A truck drives past the fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, Nov. 30, 2015. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images

A truck drives past the fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, Nov. 30, 2015. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Amazon has quietly launched an app designed to help truck delivery drivers get in and out of warehouses faster.

The app, called Relay, rolled out late last month and is available on Apple and Android devices. Drivers enter cargo information into the app, allowing them to check in with a QR code and get through the security gate, avoiding the manual process of badging in. At some facilities, Amazon has built special Relay lanes, according to the app page.

Relay is Amazon's first attempt at automating the truck delivery process, which is error-prone due to its reliance on phone calls and paperwork. About 80 percent of cargo in the U.S. is transported via truck, which makes the market a big target for tech companies like Uber and start-ups such as Convoy and Trucker Path. According to Convoy, the trucking market is worth $800 billion.

While Relay may have a narrow application today, it serves as the first connection point between Amazon and potentially millions of truck drivers, a job that's become one of the most common in the U.S. Amazon is reportedly looking into other services as well, including an app that would match truck drivers with cargo shippers.

Amazon has made no secret about its quest to become a logistics and transportation juggernaut. Over the past couple years, it has purchased thousands of trailer trucks, dozens of cargo planes and minority stakes in two cargo airlines for its Prime Air service. It's also launched new delivery services like Amazon Flex to do package shipping on its own.

Amazon often launches new services without a public notice to test them before expanding more aggressively. For example, the company has dozens of pop-up stores and private label brands, as well as a thriving merchant lending business — all of which launched without big, splashy announcements.

Amazon may be keeping quiet about Relay to fix some technical glitches. Its Android app has fewer than 5,000 downloads and a mere 3.5-star rating, with one reviewer saying it has "a lot of glitches."

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Child Donates To Joliet's Hurricane Harvey Site

Danica Ward, 10, mobilized hurricane relief efforts near Joliet. She brought her donations to Joliet City Hall on Thursday.

By John Ferak (Patch Staff) - Updated September 9, 2017 11:00 am ET


JOLIET, IL - A large Hurricane Harvey donation brought to Joliet's City Hall by a small child from Crest Hill has garnered lots of appreciation from city officials. On Thursday afternoon, 10-year-old Danica Ward got a ride to downtown Joliet from her parents. At the Des Plaines Street parking lot, Danica brought Joliet city officials two vehicles stocked with donations to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Joliet partnered with Cadence Premier Logistics to collect the donated goods. The Joliet trucking company plans to deliver the goods to the Southwest in the coming days.

Danica's mother stressed it was strictly her 10-year-0ld daughter's idea to organize a donation drive.

"She actually had tears in her eyes," her mother told Patch. "She said, 'Momma, I want to help those people.' She opened the laptop and started typing a flyer for donations. It was two pages long."

Ultimately, the Wards reached out to the City of Joliet, which provided the family with the city's donation flyer. "We sent out the flyer and posted it on our Facebook pages that our daughter would love to collect donations with her wagon."

This past week, Danica went door to door around her neighborhood in Crest Hill to pick up donations. In addition, numerous friends and relatives gave Danica cash donations, which she used at the local Target and Walgreens to buy several boxes of diapers, bottled water, baby wipes and cleaning supplies. (For more information on this and other neighborhood stories, subscribe to Patch to receive daily newsletters and breaking news alerts.)


On Thursday, Danica's parents Jeff and Jenni Ward drove her to downtown Joliet, filling two of their vehicles with supplies and goods their 10-year-old daughter collected.

All told, the Wards said, they delivered around $650 worth of goods for Joliet's relief effort. At the time of their arrival, interim city manager Marty Shanahan was one of several city employees loading donations.

"He told her it's amazing what a difference one little girl could do," Jenni Ward told Patch. "After they unloaded both vehicles they gave her a round of applause and told her that's the most they've seen dropped off by one family, let alone by the efforts of one person. My husband and I both had tears in our eyes and were so proud of her. "

But that's not the end of this uplifting story.
On Friday afternoon, Shanahan reached out to the Ward family. He sent them an e-mail mentioning how he had met with Rocky Caylor, CEO of Cadence Premier Logistics, the Joliet trucking company off Laraway Road that donated the semitrailers for the Hurricane Harvey relief. "He would like to invite her to his facility ... so Danica can see first-hand the donation efforts and personally thank her," Shanahan wrote.

Her mother remarked, "We're definitely going to go, and she's excited about that."

Actually, when Danica found out about the upcoming tour of Cadence Logistics, she told her mother they now need to go buy some Dunkin' Donuts gift cards for the truck drivers.

"She said they'll need coffee to stay awake since they'll be driving all the way to Texas," Jenni Ward said. "Oh, my gosh, this girl."

Images via Jenni Ward, Danica's mother

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The City of Joliet, in conjunction with Cadence Premier Logistics, will begin a donation drive to bring supplies and relief to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. Beginning Thursday, August 31st at 11:00 A.M., anyone wishing to contribute may bring items to the City Hall parking lot located on DesPlaines Street (west side of City Hall). A tractor and trailer provided by Cadence Logistics will be on site to accept donations through September 8th. Once donations are collected, Cadence has volunteered to deliver the items to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.

Accepted items for August 31:    HOURS: 11AM - 4:30 PM
Pre-boxed/pre-packaged/ cases of items such as water, juice, diapers, and canned vegetables.

Accepted items for September 1- 8:   HOURS: 8AM - 4:30 PM (Mon. – Fri.)
(in addition to above listed items)

  • Toiletries (i.e. shampoo, body wash, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, tampons, etc.)
  • Diapers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cleaning supplies (i.e. bleach, heavy duty cleaners, dish soap, sponges, etc.)
  • Black construction-grade trash bags
  • Mops and buckets
  • Heavy-duty work gloves
  • Latex/Nitrile gloves
  • Box fans
  • Bottled water

Items NOT accepted: clothing, toys, or household furnishings.
Receiving organizations do not have the ability to sort these types of donations at this time.

Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk stated, “I want to personally thank Cadence for once again being a great neighbor and partnering with the City. The people of Joliet have always come together to help other communities in need and I am sure the response will be the same for the people in Texas and Louisiana.”

Martin J. Shanahan, Jr.
Interim City Manager

The City of Joliet is the third largest city in the state of Illinois, located just 45 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop. Home to 149,386 residents, in addition to thriving businesses and attractions, the City of Joliet is easily accessible by rail, auto and bus transit. A perfect place to live, work and play, Joliet is constantly striving to promote growth and diversity. For more information on Joliet visit or call 815-724-4000. The City of Joliet’s Media Releases are always available on our website.


Cadence is always a step ahead of our industry future challenges:

“New regulations in transportation continue to come our way increasing our costs,” says Rocky Caylor, President/CEO of Cadence Premier Logistics Inc. "We spend so much of our lives chasing singular goals in technologies that it's easy for us to forget the power of synergy; it is that mysterious dynamic whereby several factors come together to create a result far greater than the sum of its parts. Working with M2M in Motion and VisTracks, technology companies that actually care about the carrier - large, medium or small - have taken these dot-connecting opportunities, which can often reveal a wide range of possibilities that have been developing over many years and created a robust compliance platform, with ELD, In Cab Cameras, Tracking assets, and Driver scorecards that actually walk the talk. With all this being said, Cadence Premier Logistics is excited to put aside that singular thinking and work with the synergies of M2M in Motion and VisTracks."

Rocky Caylor
Cadence Premier Logistics


ITA Meets w/ Sen. Bertino-Tarrant, who signs on to co-sponsor ITA Legislation

LtoR: Caylor, Cappellett, Sen. Bertino-Tarrant, Hart

LtoR: Caylor, Cappellett, Sen. Bertino-Tarrant, Hart

On Monday, ITA board members Rocky Caylor (Cadence Premier Logistics) and Mike Cappellett (TransChicago Truck Group), along with ITA Executive Director Matt Hart, met with State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
D-Plainfield).  ITA met with the senator to discuss trucking industry issues in her district as well as to seek her support for HB 386, a bill initiated by ITA that would save truck owners up to $400 per truck per year.

ITA is pleased to report that the senator has signed on to co-sponsor HB 386.  She is the 35th State Senator to sign on as a co-sponsor to the legislation.  The fate of HB 386 rests with the Illinois State Senate where it is being sponsored by State Senator Martin Sandoval
(D-Chicago).  The legislation has already passed the House 109-3.

Now is the time for the trucking industry to come together and demand that lawmakers repeal this fee that singles out the trucking industry.  The CDF costs truck owners up to $400/truck/year in additional fees.

Call your State Senator immediately.  Ask them to SUPPORT HB 386 and ask if they would sign on as a
co-sponsor to HB 386.  Let your voice be heard.