ECA Industry Update
IMSCA June 2021 SubStance Magazine Issue
Please click on the link for the Summer 2021 Issue of SubStance Magazine brought to you by the Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA).  

In this issue you will find a message from IMSCA President, Chad Fricke highlighting the importance of adapting to ongoing challenges we are facing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, IMSCA General Counsel Jim Rohlfing discusses ways contractors can combat material supply disruptions and cost escalation. Also included in this issue is an article outlining a new Illinois law, the Employee Background Fairness Act, which significantly restricts employers' ability to use criminal conviction information in employment decisions. We hope you find this issue useful and informative. Please feel free to forward this message to your friends and colleagues. 

If you have questions about this information or if you would like to contribute an article for upcoming issues, please feel free to contact IMSCA staff by calling 217-523-4361 or by email [email protected]
CISCO Annual Luncheon
July 16, 2021
The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) is a labor-management group representing numerous unions and trade associations throughout the Northeastern Illinois area. The ECA is an active member of CISCO. Registration is now open for CISCO's Annual Luncheon scheduled for July 16, 2021 at the IBEW Local 134 Hall in Chicago. The main speaker for the event is City of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
"How to Prepare for a Safe Return to Work Post COVID-19" Seminar -- 7/27/2022 - DATE CHANGE!
You are invited to a “Trio of Subject Matter Experts” Webinar!
"How to Prepare for a Safe Return to Work Post COVID-19!
Our Approach to Educating and Preparing you to Make your Workplace Safe."
Limited Seats Reserved for Presidents, Owners, CFO’s, and People Officers--Invitation only, please
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 11:30 AM -- 12:30 PM / Post Session Networking until 1 PM
Featured Speakers
Cindi Elstien | Bill Heffernan | Gina Ruffin 
Please click the link below for more information / Registration.
2021 Leadership Conference - Registration ends July 23rd
Featuring Dynamic Speakers, Tour of the Milwaukee Tool Innovation Center,
Overnight Accommodations in Milwaukee’ s Historic 3rd Ward at The Journeyman Hotel, Rooftop Social Event, and More!

NECA Education Updates / NECA This Week (6/21/2021)
Please click on the "NECA Education" link for the most recent updates regarding available professional development programming from NECA.

Please click on the "NECA This Week" link for updates concerning: "Electrical Contractor Essentials" Class - 7/27/21; Legal Alert concerning, "Managing Price Escalation Throughout a Construction Project;" 2021 Construction Technology Survey," among other articles.
IMSCA-PAC Raffle 2021
The Illinois Mechanical Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) is now holding the IMSCA-PAC Raffle for 2021! IMSCA is the lobbying group the ECA utilizes in regard to Illinois General Assembly issues.
The winning tickets will be drawn on September 10, 2021. You do not need to be present to win. Under State Law, IMSCA-PAC can accept both corporate and personal checks.
If you have additional questions regarding the IMSCA-PAC, please contact Jessica Newbold Hoselton at [email protected] or (217) 523-4361.
Your support is appreciated. 
NECA Safety Leadership Summit
Save the Dates!
NECA Safety Leadership Summit is scheduled for
November 1 - 3, 2021 at the Loews Hotel in Chicago.
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Webinar recordings available online for ECA Members!
If you missed a meeting or webinar by ECA, you can now log-in to the website and view the program you missed. Many recordings are now available, and more will be added daily from webinars held over the past year. Go to and under the "Industry Resources" pull down menu, select "Member Education and Webinar Recordings". You will be prompted to log-in, and then you are free to browse webinar recordings you may have missed. Please contact ECA with questions (708)531-0022.
Stay up to date on the latest changes for our Industry including news releases, legislation and Government mandates, workplace safety and preparation guidelines, OSHA alerts, and more that affect electrical contractors in Chicago and Cook County.

ECA Summer Social Event
Theater on the Lake
Friday, August 13, 2021

August 23, 2021
Olympia Fields Country Club

August 26-27, 2021
The Journeyman Hotel, Milwaukee, WI

ECA Regular Membership Meeting
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Drury Lane Conference Center
Oakbrook Terrace, IL
(In conjunction with Electric Association Annual Conference)

September 14, 2021
Presented by Alex Willis, Leadership Surge
Zoom Webinar - 1:00-2:00PM

September 15, 2021
Drake Oak Brook Hotel

ECA Safety Committee Seminar
September 30, 2021
"Workers Comp Issues / Work after COVID"
Drake Oak Brook Hotel

NECA Convention & Trade Show
October 9 - 12, 2021
Nashville, TN