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ECA News & Events Update

IMSCA Legislative Update (6/13/22)

HB 5412 and HB 4600 were both signed by Governor Pritzker on Friday, June 10th. These new laws are effective immediately and will apply to contracts entered in to after July 1, 2022.

As a reminder, IMSCA removed their opposition to HB 5412 with the adoption of Amendment 3. This amendment contains an exemption for signatories of collective bargaining agreements from the requirements of HB 5412; which states: (g) Primary contractors who are parties to a collective bargaining agreement on the project where the work is being performed shall be exempt from this Section

HB 4600 is a trailer bill to HB 5412 and includes the same provisions as HB 5412, but also creates the Bond Reform in the Construction Industry Task Force. The Task Force is charged with studying innovative ways to reduce the cost of insurance in the private and public construction industry while protecting owners from risk of nonperformance. IMSCA is actively pursuing the appointment of an IMSCA member to the Task Force.

If you have any questions regarding the update, as well as the Task Force, please contact Jessica Newbold Hoselton, Executive Director, Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) at:(217) 523-4361 or by e-mail at:  jnewbold@boldnewstrat.com. 

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ECA Chicago Summer Social Event
Thursday, August 11, 2022
4:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us at Streeterville Social, Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, on August 11th for the ECA Summer Social Event! As the city’s largest outdoor rooftop terrace with sweeping skyline views, Streeterville Social offers a sprawling 9,000 square foot, park-like setting to enjoy a summer afternoon with fellow members.

Registration will open at www.ecachicago.com this June.


IMSCA-PAC Fundraiser Raffle is Now Open!

IMSCA-PAC’s 2022 fundraiser is underway! 

NINE RAFFLE WINNERS will be drawn this year! Tickets are $50 each. Each ticket purchased buys you a chance to win the prize of your choice. Your choices include:

  • FOUR tickets to cheer on the Chicago Bears vs. Washington Commanders at Soldier Field (October 13 2022, 7:20 p.m.). This prize also includes parking passes (Value: $1,100.00). Donated by Tom Morton, LLD Electric Company.
  • FOUR tickets to cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center (Date TBA). These are 200 Club Level seats with parking passes (Value: $750.00). Donated by Jim McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company.
  • $1,000 Travel Package that includes a $500 American Airlines gift card and a $500 Hotels.com gift card. Donated by Bloomington/Normal PHCC.
  • $750 Bass Pro gift card. Donated by Underground Contractors Association of Illinois.
  • $500 Amazon gift card. Donated by Illinois Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association.
  • $500 Best Buy gift card. Donated by PCA of Greater Chicago.
  • $500 Cabela’s gift card. Donated by Electrical Contractors Association of Chicago.
  • $500 Top Golf gift card. Donated by SMACNA Greater Chicago.
  • $500 Cooper’s Hawk gift card. Donated by Associated Steel Erectors of Chicago and Bold New Strategies.

The winning tickets will be drawn at IMSCA’s Board and Membership meeting on September 16, 2022. The winners do not need to be present to win.


NECA Open Forum   (5/30/22)

Please click the link for the most recent NECA Forum, which includes how you can assist with the 2022 NECA Financial Benchmarker Report.


NECA Convention & Trade Show

-Austin, TX    10/15/22 - 10/18/22

Registration Coming Soon!

The NECA Convention & Trade Show is coming! More information is to come via e-mail. Please visit www.necaconvention.org in the coming weeks. Please be aware that the Austin City Limits (ACL), Texas home football and Formula One will be occurring near the Convention time-frame.


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Mental Health Sessions, Life Coaching, Financial Consultation, Legal Consultation, Work-Life Resources and Referrals, Medical Advocacy and more.

It's Mental Health Awareness Month: Utilize these free services included in your Membership!  

ECA Members have free access to the Employee Assistance Program included in membership, that is free for your Employees and their families. 


Submit your Application today for the:
NECA Project Excellence Awards
To showcase the exceptional work performed by our member-contractors throughout the country, NECA created the Project Excellence Awards to recognize companies for their outstanding commitment, professionalism and ingenuity in delivering an electrical project across 13 different market sectors. 
NECA will accept submissions for the 2022 Project Excellence Award from March 1 to June 30, 2022. Awards will be based on whether the electrical/technology portion of the project is valued under or over $1 million for each market sector, except for industrial, low voltage/integrated systems, overhead transmission, residential, substation/interconnection and transportation/infrastructure. More information here.
Applications submitted must be based on projects completed in 2021.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Webinars & Member News
EAP solutions are available via on demand telephonic support and through video counseling, mobile app, work/life web portal and chat functionality.

ECA Members may log-in to the interactive work/life web portal for information on a variety of topics. Webinars are available at any time of day and our mobile app allows employees to access services such as counseling and work life resources right from the palm of their hand.


July 18 - 20, 2022

ELECTRI Council Meeting

Washington, D.C.

July 20 - 22, 2022

NECA Business Development Conference

Washington, D.C.

August 11, 2022

ECA Summer Social Event

Streeterville Social Club, Chicago

August 18-19, 2022

Young Professionals of ECA Chicago: 2022 Leadership Conference

Lake Lawn Resort & Conference Center, Lake Delavan Wisconsin

September 21, 2022

ECA Chicago: "PAC" Golf Outing and Fundraiser

Cog Hill Golf Club, Lemont IL

October 15 - 18, 2022

NECA Convention & Trade Show

Austin, TX

Saturday, December 17, 2022

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

Offshore, Navy Pier Chicago