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City of Chicago Tree Lighting Ceremony

(November 18, 2022)

The City of Chicago held its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 18, 2022 in Millennium Park in Downtown Chicago. Powering Chicago was the proud sponsor of the event. ECA member firm, McWilliams Electric Company, Inc. was the electrical contractor who coordinated and placed all the lights on the Main Tree and over 100 others lined along Michigan Avenue and the surrounding area.  

Congratulations to James McGlynn, Sr., Scott Swayze, Jerry McGlynn and all the McWilliams employees on a job well done! Also, a continued congratulations to McWilliams Electric Company, Inc., as they are celebrating 100 years in the industry! 

We wish to thank Powering Chicago for sponsoring the overall program and being able to offer the opportunity for an ECA member to assist with this unique event!

Pictured above clockwise from top left are: Millennium Park before and after tree lighting; the main tree and

McWilliams Electric Company, Inc. and Powering Chicago acknowledged at the program stage.


IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson Announces Retirement

IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson announced his Retirement; Kenneth W. Cooper has been appointed the New International President. Paul Noble has been appointed to International Secretary-Treasurer, and Mike Clemmons has been appointed to Sixth District International Vice President. 

To register for the event please visit: https://faaprimesubnetworking.mbmapp.com/

After registration, you will be contacted by MBM with instructions to create a matchmaking profile. The FAA is committed to providing equal access to this event for all participants. If you need alternative formats or services due to a disability, please contact [email protected] with your request by close of business December 7, 2022.

Anticipated Participating Matchmaking Hosts Include: 

1. FAA Program Office, Acquisition and Small Business Personnel

2. FAA Prime Contractors including the following: CUSA Consulting, Wells Global, Burgos Group, E-Corp, Kobo Utility Construction Corporation, Parsons, Leidos, Airfield Western, Quad J and Eaton

Event Agenda

11:00 AM Eastern - Opening Remarks

11:30 AM- 3:00 PM Eastern - One-on-One Matchmaking

1:00 PM- 3:00 PM Eastern - Networking Room Available

Federal Aviation Administration - Virtual Outreach and Matchmaking Event (12/14/22)

11:00 AM through 3:00 PM EST

The Federal Aviation Administration will host a virtual outreach and matchmaking event on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 11:00 AM through 3:00 PM EST.

This event is targeted to small businesses interested in FAA contracting and subcontracting opportunities supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) with a focus on, but not limited to, the following NAICS: 23-Construction; 54-Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services.  All firms should be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database.

Suppliers will be matched with Buyer participants (i.e. Prime Contractors, Contracting Officials and Program Office staff) based upon their current or future needs, identified by NAICS. Registering firms may not receive a matched one-on-one meeting. Registration is required to request and be eligible to schedule a meeting, as well as to participate in the opening remarks and networking room. Matchmaking sessions will utilize the My Business Matches (MBM) platform, the third party vendor that will facilitate the event on behalf of the FAA. Registration opens Nov 3, 2022 and closes December 9, 2022.

Please Click Here For the  US DOT "Infrastructure Matchmaking" Information
Please Click Here to Enter Your Project

2023 Merit Awards Project Entry

DEADLINE is December 21, 2022

The Chicago Building Congress Merit Awards Committee invites CBC members and non-members to submit entries for CBC's 2023 Merit Awards competition. This program recognizes the most outstanding construction projects from the past three years in the Chicagoland area and surrounding counties.


  • Projects must be completed by December 31, 2022.

  • If you have entered a project in the past, you are welcome to enter it again (As long as it is within 3 years of 2022).

Please do not enter the same project in more than one category.

Please Click Here for the Veto Session Update

IMSCA Legislative Update


Please click on the link for the IMSCA November 17th Legislative Update. This report includes a review of Week 1 of the 2022 Fall Veto Session. Both chambers are scheduled to return to Springfield on November 29th for the second and final week of the Fall Veto Session. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Newbold Hoselton, Executive Director, Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) at: (217) 523-4361.

ECA Chicago's 2022 President's Party & Holiday Celebration Saturday, December 17th at OFFSHORE, Navy Pier

President's Party & Holiday Celebration

Saturday, December 17, 2022, 6:00pm - 11:00pm



Entertainment provided by "Maggie Speaks"

Reception, Dinner, Entertainment, and more until 11:00p.m.

Dress Code: Formal / Cocktail Attire

Watch on YouTube

Power of Better Episode 2 - Features Renewable Energy & Project Funding

Powering Chicago launched the second episode of its new YouTube series The Power of Better. This episode highlights two exciting projects that demonstrate the promising future and expertise of the unionized electrical construction industry.

Check out the episode exclusively on the Powering Chicago YouTube channel.

Early Bird pricing ends

December 1, 2022!


2023 MEP Innovation Conference 

January 11 -13, 2023 

Austin, TX

NECA, MCAA, and SMACNA have partnered together to host the 2023 MEP Innovation Conference in Austin, TX on January 11-13, 2023. This three-day event will include innovative presentations, collaborative roundtable discussions, and hands-on exhibitor demonstrations highlighting the recent technologies that can improve MEP contractors' productivity and profitability. With over 30 breakout sessions, 5 demos, 4 general sessions, 3 facility tours, and plenty of networking opportunities, this is a pivotal event to learn from the industry's best & brightest!

Sessions Include:

• Bringing Lean Concepts to Fabrication Workstations

• How Taking Your Jobsite Virtual Can Help You Improve Process, Culture, and Strategy

• Running a Business that Intersects Service and Construction Work

• Process Driven Profitability

• Mapping Your Tech Stack: A Practical Guide

ELECTRI International Update

WHAT DO YOU PREFER? – Many of our contractors work closely with our ELECTRI partners - Border States, Graybar, Mayer, Sonepar and Wesco. Now, we can help them. Distributors want to be sure they have the right options in place to meet your business needs. They want to know how you reach out to your distributors to order a part, get a spec sheet, or check ship dates. ELECTRI and NECA are working closely with the National Association of Electrical Distributors on a special project: Contractors: Purchasing and Inquiry Preferences. Working together, we can make progress on the critical matter of supply challenges impacting all electrical contractors and your industry partners.

Let us know your preferences by completing this five-minute survey. Click here for the link. Feel free to forward the survey link to others in your company who should take part as well. For any questions, please contact Erika TenEyck at NAED. Thank you for your participation!

10 IS THE NUMBER – Our thanks to ELECTRI’s Program Review Committee, guided by Kellie Holland, for its outstanding work to select the research proposals to present to Council for your discussion and vote at our January meeting. Written proposals and videos will be sent out in advance for your review. Please make sure to register now for our Scottsdale meeting. Here’s the link. Your recommendations and your perspective will be essential to a good research portfolio for 2023. 

PLAY IT AGAIN – Many people have commented on the good take-away advice from our November programs. We hope you will share these sessions with your own teams.

Materials Management Best Practices Outside of the Gate – November Council Room

Here’s the link. 

Best Practices for Internships Here’s the link.

Con Tech & Coffee Here’s the link.

FIGURE OUT THE PROJECT LIFECYCLE - ELECTRI’s next Council Room (December 6 at 3PM Eastern) will provide an overview of NECA Innovation’s Project Lifecycle. Jonathan Marsh of Steel Toe Consulting is guiding the NECA Innovation Task force on Project Lifecycle. For the benefit of our Council members plus your company leaders and project managers, Jonathan will:

Ø discuss the value of process mapping for the industry and for your individual business

Ø review the rules that make process mapping valuable

Ø identify the pitfalls that can cause process mapping efforts to fail

Click here to review Project Lifecycle before the session. A Zoom invite will be sent out shortly.

WELL-DESERVED RECOGNITION – Our NECA colleague, Tauhira Ali, Executive Director of Industry Innovation, has been selected as one of 2023’s Top 20 under 40 by Engineering News-Record. Each year, ENR recognizes the best of construction’s next generation. Congratulations Tauhira!

IT’S TIME – ELECTRI is excited to let you know that registration is now open for their January 17 – 19, 2023 Council Meeting at the world-famous Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Please click here to register for the meeting. Be sure to make your hotel reservation by December 16th in order to get the group rate. A reminder for the industry partner Council members – Please limit company attendance to three staff members. 


ELECTRI MONITORS IT ALL – In addition to delivering all of ELECTRI’s outstanding initiatives, the Foundation also takes close care with its finances. Each fiscal year, ELECTRI goes through a comprehensive audit of its assets and expenditures. Click here to review this year’s Report to Stakeholders.


WELCOME CHAMPION – The ELECTRI Council extends its thanks and a Champion-level welcome to Border States Electric for increasing its commitment to ELECTRI by $100,000.


TWO DOWN AND ONE TO GO Click here for Monday’s (11/14/22) outstanding Council Room on Materials Management Best Practices Outside of the Gate. 


ALWAYS THINKING - Karen Bazela, Siemens Regional Sales Director, is enthusiastic about the opportunities and challenges of being a company leader. Her favorite advice? “A leader knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”  Click here for our Think Like A Leader conversation with Karen Bazela.


ELECTRI International Quick Links


ELECTRI Meetings    ELECTRI Research    Council Room Sessions 


Think Like A Leader

Know Your Rights: "Workplace Discrimination is Illegal"

Updated Poster -  Reminder 

The law requires an employer to post a notice describing the Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions, sexual orientation, or gender identity), national origin, religion, age (40 and older), equal pay, disability or genetic information (including family medical history or genetic tests or services), and retaliation for filing a charge, reasonably opposing discrimination, or participating in a discrimination lawsuit, investigation, or proceeding. The “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” poster, prepared by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), summarizes these laws and explains how employees or applicants can file a complaint if they believe that they have experienced discrimination. These posters should be placed in a conspicuous location in the workplace where notices to applicants and employees are customarily posted. In addition to physically posting, covered employers are encouraged to post the notice digitally on their web sites in a conspicuous location. In most cases, electronic posting supplements the physical posting requirement. In some situations (for example, for employers without a physical location or for employees who telework or work remotely and do not visit the employer's workplace on a regular basis), it may be the only posting. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that notices of Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination be made available in a location that is accessible to applicants and employees with disabilities that limit mobility.

“Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” Poster | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (eeoc.gov)

Post with your other Employment Posters, as well as OSHA Poster / postings.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR "Impacts and Considerations for Dealing with Section 13.5 to the Wage & Payment Collection Act of Illinois." 

IL Wage & Payment Collection Act Update

The Wage Payment & Collection Act was amended this past Spring with the passage of HB 5412 (P.A. 102-1076).  This new law adds Section 13.5 to the Wage Payment & Collection Act.  This will directly impact the Illinois construction industry. 

IMSCA’s General Counsel, Jim Rohlfing, drafted a document titled, “Impacts and Considerations for Dealing with Section 13.5 to the Wage Payment & Collection Act."   You can click on a link to the document, as it is intended to serve as an informational resource to help IMSCA members further their knowledge of the new law. 

If you have questions or need additional information, please feel contact: Jessica Newbold Hoselton, Executive Director, Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) at:

(217) 891-3675.


CISCO "Project of the Year" -Award Application Process Closes on December 2, 2022!

CISCO’S Project of the Year Award kicked off its 18th year of accepting applications for some of the best construction projects of the past 18 months, through May 2021 – December 2022. The award gives general contractors, owners, engineers and architects a chance to submit projects in six (6) different categories, which include the areas of new construction, renovation/rehabilitation, residential construction and infrastructure. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2022. For more information, contact CISCO’S Director of Communications and Public Affairs Director Jennifer Rice, at 630-472-9411 or via email at: [email protected].

NECA This Week (11/21/22)

Please click on the link for the current edition of "NECA THIS WEEK."

NECA Government Affairs Update  (11/18/22) --

Week in Review

Please click the link for a recent update from NECA Government Affairs. If you have any questions regarding the update, please reach out to NECA Government Affairs to: Hadlea Bender, Specialist at:  (713) 870-8619 / Jared Karbowsky, Director, Government Affairs, National Electrical Contractors Association at: 443-975-2932 

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Saturday, December 17, 2022

Electrical Contractors' Association of Chicago Annual President's Party & Holiday Celebration

Offshore, Navy Pier Chicago plus Overnight accommodations

January 11 - 13, 2023

MEP Innovation Conference

Austin, TX

January 17 - 19, 2023


Scottsdale, AZ

January 19, 2023

ECA DEI Committee Program

Hyatt Lodge

Oak Brook, IL 

January 22 - 25, 2023

NECA-IBEW Employee Benefit Conference

St. Pete Beach, FL


January 26, 2023

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Drury Lane Conference Center

Oakbrook Terrace, IL

February 15, 2023

ECA Regular Membership Meeting


Rosemont, IL

(Dinner Meeting)