ECA News & Events Update

2023 ECA Summer Social

Mark your calendars for Friday, August 18, 2023, as we have a wonderful day planned at the Navy Pier Offshore Rooftop Bar!

Located at the far East end of Chicago’s Navy Pier, Offshore Rooftop offers unencumbered views of Lake Michigan and the city’s famed skyline not found anywhere else.

*Spouses and guests are welcome to attend!

Program highlights include:

  • Chicago Air & Water Show practice
  • Food, Beverages, & Networking
  • Tremendous Views of the City Skyline

Register Now

2023 Leadership Conference

The Young Professionals committee is thrilled to announce that registration is now live for our 2023 Leadership Conference!

Mark your calendars for September 14-15, 2023, as we have a jam-packed 2-day conference filled with great speakers, food & drink, and networking opportunities!

Program Highlights:

  • Tour of Milwaukee Tool
  • Off Campus Activity at MobCraft Beer
  • Education and Break-Out Sessions

The cost for the event is $250.00 per person. This event is open to all ECA Member Firms and their Employees.

The fee covers lodging, conference programs and events, and food and beverage.

Register Now

NECA Convention & Trade Show - Philadelphia

September 29, 2023 - October 2, 2023

Registration for the NECA Convention & Trade Show has begun!  Room Reservation for the Chicago Chapter Block ends on August 10, 2023. It is based on availability. Please register, as soon as you can.  


Please visit to register for the NECA Convention/Accommodations. The Convention Center is located at the Philadelphia Convention Center, 1101 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.


Those who register early (on or before August 10, 2023) will receive the “early” price of $1,725 for members and $1,100 for the member’s spouse / guest. Those who register beginning on August 2, 2023 will receive the "regular" NECA Convention registration fee of $1,975 per NECA member, and $1,300 for the member’s spouse / guest.


After you have registered, please e-mail a copy of your completed registration transaction to the Association office at  This will allow us to have a record of your registration information, should you need any assistance after registering. 


Hotel Reservations

The Hotel for the Chicago & Cook County Chapter is the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center located at 1 N 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA. The room type and rate that is available is the Standard Room (1 King Bed or Two Double Beds) at $505.00 Single / Double.


Convention Stipend

The ECA Executive Committee approved the stipend of the Registration Fee for up to two representatives and their guests from each ECA member firm that registers for the Convention. The registrations will be reimbursed to the applicable companies after the Convention. The Executive Committee also approved an additional stipend of $1,000.00 per applicable attendee’s room block utilization for the NECA Convention & Trade Show to offset the room night cost increase with the Four Seasons Philadelphia Hotel.  



ECA Regular Membership Meeting - September 20, 2023

The membership will be reconvening our regular membership meetings this September 20, 2023, for a luncheon meeting.

The luncheon program will feature industry updates and a guest presentation from Kyle Krueger, Director, NECA Codes and Standards. Providing a high-level overview, exploring the inspiration, history, and development process of NECA’s library of standards, the NEIS®; highlighting the latest additions to the NEIS® library, NECA 5-2023.

This presentation will also focus on the benefits of implementing performance workmanship standards into engineering, design, and installation processes.

ECA Membership Meeting 

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The Chicago Firehouse

Kimball & Palmer Room / Veranda

1401 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

(312) 786-1401

Complimentary Valet Parking is Available.

Registration / Networking: 12:00 pm

Lunch: 12:30 pm

Business Session: 1:15 pm

Event Concludes: 2:00 pm

Register Now

Director, NECA Codes & Standards

Kyle Krueger has worked in the Electrical Industry since 1997 as a Journeyman Wireman, Electrical Inspector, and Educator. Krueger currently serves as Director of Codes and Standards for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Kyle holds a Master Electrician Licenses, Commercial Electrical Inspector License, and Design Engineer of Electrical Systems, he is also certified thru NFPA as a Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP).

Kyle currently represents NECA on the National Electrical Code’s® Correlating Committee and Code Making Panel-3, as well as the Correlating Committee for The National Fire Alarm Code® (NFPA 72). Krueger serves on NFPA’s Electrical Section Executive Board and as the Assistant Secretary of NECA’s Codes and Standards Committee.

Register at CISCO Website

CISCO Annual Golf Outing

CISCO's Annual Golf Outing

Monday, September 11, 2023

Bloomingdale Golf Club

181 Glen Ellyn Rd., Glen Ellyn

Bloomingdale IL

7 a.m. Registration

8 a.m. Shotgun Start

1:30 p.m. Cocktails/Lunch



Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) Updates

Please click on the link below for a City of Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) newsletter, "Summer 2023 News and Updates" from June 26, 2023 and July 11, 2023.

"Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023" -July 27, 2023

Presented by Sean Samson Training, Ltd.

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Breakfast & Lunch provided.


Register Now

ECA 2023 Membership Meetings - Educational & Special Events Programming

Please click on the link for a listing of upcoming programs sponsored by the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research & Education Committee, as well as National NECA events, Chapter programs. Registration links provided in pdf.

2023 Programming

Various Event Stipends

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Executive Committee recently approved a number of educational stipends for various events throughout 2023. Please click on the link for the current listing. The registrations will be reimbursed to the applicable companies after the applicable Conference.


2023 Stipend Listings

Member Education & Webinar Recordings

2023 NECA Now Presentation Slides

Illinois Economic Outlook Presentation Slides

Facilitating Knowledge Transfer: Material Handouts 

Retainage Bill Action Needed

Take action today to support HB 2878 that is seeking retainage reduction. 

IMSCA’s legislative initiative seeking retainage reduction was included in this spring’s “procurement omnibus” bill, HB 2878. This legislation was sent to Governor Pritzker on Thursday, June 22nd. Governor Pritzker has 60 days to take action on our bill. It is important that we continue working together to reach out to Governor Pritzker and let him know this legislation is important to the Illinois construction industry.


Every single member of IMSCA needs to participate in this very important final step - this includes all of our Association Executives and contractor members (and employees, friends and colleagues). I also encourage you to ask other groups you are members of and ask them to send a letter of support as well – including your signatory labor unions. IMSCA needs ALL of you to write and mail a letter to Governor Pritzker without delay asking him to sign this legislation into law. 


Retainage reform has been a priority of the Illinois construction industry for many years. The inclusion of IMSCA’s legislative initiative in HB 2878 is a great accomplishment for all of us in the construction industry - but there is one more step for the bill to become law - Governor Pritzker needs to sign it. 


Attached you will find three different form letters that include:


1.          A letter that can be sent from Association Executives to Governor Pritzker.

2.          A letter that can be sent from IMSCA contractors to Governor Pritzker.

3.          A generic form letter than can be sent by employees, friends and colleagues.

What exactly does IMSCA need you to do?



Please print the Contractor letter on your business letterhead, insert your contact information, sign and mail the letter. In addition, ask your employees, friends and colleagues to also sign and mail a form letter.


IMSCA'S SubStance Summer Issue

Below is a link to the Summer 2023 Issue of SubStance Magazine brought to you by the Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA).  

In this issue, IMSCA President, S.J. Peters (PCA of Greater Chicago) recaps IMSCA's successful Lobby Day event held in April. The "Featured Story", by IMSCA Special Counsel Jim Rohlfing, provides detailed information on recently approved legislation that restricts the amount of retainage that can be held on a public construction project. In addition, Capital Development Board Executive Director, Jim Underwood, outlines newly adopted technology upgrades that are aimed at increasing the agency's efficiencies.  

The current issue of SubStance magazine can be viewed by clicking this link: Summer 2023.

If you have questions about this information or if you would like to contribute an article for upcoming publications of SubStance, please feel free to contact IMSCA Executive Director, Jessica Newbold Hoselton by sending an email to:

IMSCA Raffle

THANKS to the generosity of our IMSCA members for prize donations, 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. Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field (November 9, 7:15 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 in 200 Club Level seats (Date TBA). Donated by Jim McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company.
  • $1,500 Travel Package that includes a $500 Southwest Airlines, $500 Delta Airlines and $500 gift cards. Donated by Bloomington-Normal PHCC/IL PHCC.
  • $500 Amazon gift card. Donated by Electrical Contractors Association of Chicago.
  • $500 Best Buy gift card. Donated by PCA of Greater Chicago.
  • $500 Cabela’s gift card. Donated by Underground Contractors Association of Illinois.
  • $500 GoPlay Golf gift card good at 5,000+ golf courses nationwide or for use on golf merchandise, golf lessons or golf vacations. Donated by Bloomington-Normal PHCC/IL PHCC.
  • $500 Home Depot gift card. Donated by SMACNA Greater Chicago.
  • $500 Morton’s Steakhouse gift card. Donated by Bloomington-Normal PHCC/IL PHCC.

This is a great fundraiser package containing something for everyone.  The winning tickets will be drawn at IMSCA’s Board and Membership meeting on September 15, 2023. The winners do not need to be present to win.  Please click the link below for the Raffle Form!

Click Here for IMSCA Raffle Form

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 27, 2023

"Empower Your Electrical Contracting Business in 2023"

Sean Samson Training, Ltd.

Session 6

Oak Brook, IL

August 18, 2023

ECA Summer Event

Off-Shore Navy Pier

Chicago, IL

September 14-15, 2023

2023 Leadership Conference

Iron Horse Hotel

Milwaukee, WI

September 20, 2023

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

Chicago, IL

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