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Full House Hears Plans For New McCormick Square Neighborhood at CISCO Luncheon

LH-pod1More than 325 guests packed into Maggiano’s in Schaumburg to hear keynote speaker Lori Healey, CEO of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, unveil plans for Chicago’s newest neighborhood – McCormick Square, along with explaining the current proposal to add the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art to the McCormick Place campus.

Many thanks to the 10 companies/organizations that sponsored the event: ELFCO Supply, Elite Electric Company, Goldberg Weisman Cairo, Hunt Insurance Group, Illinois AFL-CIO, Operating Engineers Local 150, Power Up Now, Sprinkler Fitters Local 281, Ullico Investment Advisors and the Underground Contractors Association.  To view pictures from the event, click here.

CISCO/South Suburban College Partner For First-Ever Hands-On Expo

CISCO and South Suburban College co-sponsored its first-ever Hands-On Expo recently at the Pipefitters Local 597 facility in Mokena, 10850 W. 187th Street.

a1-carpApproximately 200 students from several junior high schools attended the one-day event.   Building Trades representatives from the Pipefitters Local 597, Operating Engineers Local 150, Carpenters, Laborers, Bricklayers, Painters and Plasterers, and Roofers Local 11 were on hand to demonstrate techniques unique to their trade. Students benefited from talking to instructors and apprenticeship coordinators, as well as trying out a variety of activities set up by the instructors.

Pictured above are students measuring boards as part of a designed carpentry exercise.


Pictured at left is Operating Engineers Local 150  Apprenticeship Instructor Dan Reda demonstrating an equipment simulator to a group of students. 

To view more photos from this event, click here.

CISCO In “Newsmakers” Spotlight

dan-podium4CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen spoke to about 90 attendees at the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Newsmakers’ Forum on Construction and Real Estate recently.  Allen was asked to address 1) a shortage of skilled construction workers, and 2) the economic impact of adopting right to work zones – one of the Governor’s cornerstones of his so-called “Turnaround Agenda.”

Allen praised CISCO by saying it’s Education-to-Careers Program was continuing to make students and adults aware of a career in the construction industry by promoting the Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers.  He also provided independent research numbers that show that right to work (for less) causes states to lose on several economic factors, increases fatalities on construction sites, and constitutes a “race to the bottom” as 9 of the 10 worst states in the U.S. in terms of poverty rate are states which have adopted a right to work law.

dan-panelPictured at left is Moderator Jim Elsener, Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Manager of Business Development; Dan Allen; Art Rendak, President of Inland Mortgage Capital Corp.; and Bryan Gay, Economic Development Director for Choose DuPage.
















































Veterans Resource Fair – June 15, 2016 

Free-BraveLocal veterans are invited to join State Rep. Camille Lilly and State Sen. Don Harmon for the chance to learn about potential employment and college opportunities available to you.  The Resource Fair will be held Wednesday, June 15, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street in Oak Park.

For more information, please contact Rep. Lilly’s office at 773-473-7300 or StateRepCamilleLilly@gmail.com.   To view the full details, please click here.

Scholarship Winners Recognized During CISCO Luncheon 

Congratulations to this year’s winning students!  Pictured below are this year’s scholarship winners:  Back row/from left: Daniel Garza (continuing education), Kyle Zielinski (4-year), Diana Martinez (2-year), and front row/from left: Samantha Perez (4-year), Rilea Petersen (4-year) and Kaitlin Boers (2-year).  To read the official press release, please click here.


Analyzing Prevailing Wage and Union Market Share 

CISCO and the Indiana, Illinois and Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting (III-FFC)teamed up to offer: “Prevailing Wages, PLAs and Union Market Share” recently at CISCO and the group of attendees went away more informed about a new system makes it easier to track reports, file bid protests, monitor job sites and add to your market share.








Above, Marc Poulos, Executive Director for III-FFC discusses Prevailing Wage Laws in Illinois and neighboring states.  To download the presentation, click here.  Contact information for Mr. Poulos is located at the end of the presentation.

Apprenticeship Program Openings

Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters:

Effective Wednesday, June 1, 2016, applications for future Pre-Apprentice CONCRETE FORM BUILDER carpentry classes are currently being accepted at the Apprentice Program Office, 1256 Estes Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL, Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Each candidate MUST PRESENT the following requirements at the Apprentice Program Office in Elk Grove Village between the hours of 9:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, NO LATER THAN Thursday, June 30, 2016.

1) Letter of recommendation on a Local Union letterhead, signed by an officer; 2) Must have attained the age of 17 (Driver’s License or State ID card required); 3) Copy of High School Diploma or High School Transcripts (must have official school seal – 8 credits minimum), or copy of G.E.D. certificate; 4) Copy of Social Security Card or a receipt showing duplicate card has been applied for; 5) Veterans – Form DD214 copy; 6) A $25.00 “Non-Refundable” Application Processing Fee (Money Orders & Cashiers Checks ONLY) – NO CASH.

All 6 above-listed requirements MUST BE submitted at the time of filing or candidate will NOT be permitted to file an application.

The policy of this Program is to encourage minority, female and veteran participation.  For more information, contact Vince Sticca, Apprenticeship Coordinator, (847) 640-7373.

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