Scholarship Winners For 2021 Announced

The winners of CISCO’s 2021 Scholarship Program were recently chosen via independent evaluation, and the students will be formally recognized and honored during CISCO’s Annual Luncheon, which has been tentatively scheduled for July.

An independent review of all the entries was conducted and the winners were certified and contacted. Eligible students were the sons and daughters of either building trade union members or union contractor employees. A total of seven (7) winners were chosen:
Four-year scholarship winners:
1) Bianca Arriaga – Latin School of Chicago; Parent – Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11.
2) Braiya Nolan – Williams Bay HS; Parent – Carpenters Local 1027.
3) Olivia Gardner – Plainfield North HS; Parent – Gibson Electric/Electrical Contractors’ Association of Chicago.
Two-year scholarship winners:
4) Kyle Strite – Oregon HS; Parent – Local Union 792/Concrete Systems, Inc.
5) Isabelle Schroedle – Joliet Catholic Academy; Parent – Carpenters Local 10.
Continuing Education scholarships:
6) Michael Chiaramonte – Elmhurst University; Affiliation – McWilliams Electric Company, Inc.
7) Michael Repel – City Colleges of Chicago, Kennedy King College; Affiliation – LiUNA – Laborers Local 1092.
CISCO’s Annual Golf Outing – SAVE THE DATE – September 13, 2021
Golf is back!  Start planning your foursomes now and consider sponsoring CISCO’s annual shot-gun start style outing and barbecue luncheon set up Monday, September 13, 2021 at Bloomingdale Golf Club.


To download the registration/sponsorship form, click here.  If you have questions or want to register over the phone, call us at 630-472-9411.

CISCO Partners With Union Building Trades and Elected Officials On May 3rd Career Day – Virtual Event

CISCO and five building trades will participate in a virtual career expo, hosted by State Senators Michael E. Hastings and Patrick Joyce.  The trades participating remotely are Smart Local 265, Pipefitters Local 597, the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, IBEW Local 134 and the Operating Engineers Local 150.

The event begins at 10:30 am, Monday, May 3rd.  To register, click here.

CISCO Board Announces Selections For Top 2020 Projects

CISCO’s Board of Directors recently determined which construction projects were winners in six different construction categories. Among a total of 20 entries, the top choices were:

New Construction – Chicago (+ $20 m): Navy Pier Hotel & Rooftop Venue; GC – James McHugh Construction. (Photo below)

New Construction – Suburbs (+ $20 m): City of St. Charles Police Department; GC – Riley Construction. (Photo below)







New Construction – City/Suburbs (Under $20 m): University of Chicago Medicine River East Ambulatory Care Center; GC – Turner Construction (Photo below)









Infrastructure: CDOT Lake Front Trail Phase 2; GC – Kenny Construction (Photo below)







Rehabilitation: Chicago Riverwalk Esplanade & Marketplace; GC – F. H. Paschen (photo below)








Residential: NEMA Chicago; GC – James McHugh Construction. (Photo below)






The other component of the Pride in Construction Awards is the individual awards.  Those three winners were: 1) Educator of the Year – Jill Nagel, Counselor, at St. Rita High School in Chicago; 2) Public Body of the Year – Cook County Housing Authority; and 3) Labor Advocate of the Year – State Representative Marcus C. Evans Jr.

To view the press release, click here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Resources

Please use the resources below for the latest information and guidance on COVID-19:

State of Illinois ​Coronavirus (COVID-19) ​​Response Website

Illinois Department of Public Health Coronavirus Updates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization Latest Updates

United States COVID-19 Interactive Maps

OSHA: COVID-19 Pandemic & Recordkeeping

OSHA Clarifies Coronavirus Reporting Requirements for Employers

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces

Governor J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 Newsroom

For our members and friends in the six-county area that we serve, here are links to each county’s Health Department websites:

Cook Coronavirus Information

DuPage Coronavirus Information

Kane Coronavirus Information

Kendall Coronavirus Information

Lake Coronavirus Information

McHenry Coronavirus Information


























































  Jamillah Muhammad Named As CISCO’s New Director of Education-to-Careers
Welcome to Jamillah Muhammad, CISCO’s new Education-to-Careers Director.
Jamillah comes to CISCO with impressive credentials – a 10- year Journeyman Electrician who is currently an instructor at IBEW NECA Technical Institute in Alsip. As a result, Jamillah possesses working knowledge of apprenticeship programs.“I am excited to begin my journey with CISCO and helping students and adults understand the benefits of a career in the union construction industry,” she said. “I have big shoes to fill as Johnetta Ryan, has built many strong relationships.”Jamillah is active as a mentor with Chicago Women in Trades, a delegate of the Chicago Federation of Labor, and serves as a Board Member of the IBEW/CFL Scholarship Committee.  She is a resident of Chicago, and her email address is jamillah@cisco.org

Apprenticeship Opportunities

IBEW Local 9 & MSECA – Outdoor Electrical Worker/Line Maintainer Apprenticeship
IBEW Local 9 and the Middle States Electrical Contractors Association will be accepting applications for the above apprenticeship program.  Registration will take place at the IBEW/MSECA Training Center, 2643 Joseph Ct., University Park, IL 60484.

The application submittal is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Call (708) 235-2960 for an appointment.  Appointments will be scheduled during the following: May 17 – 21 and May 24 – 28, 2021.

In order to apply, applicants must appear in person and bring the ORIGINAL and two COPIES of all the documents listed below (If you do not have all of these documents, you will NOT be able to apply:

1) A valid CDL-A driver’s license with air brake endorsement or CDL-A permit with medical card;

2) Original Social Security card;

3) Resume;

4) Original High School diploma, G.E.D. or original transcript in a sealed envelope from the educational institution.  Absolutely no copies will be accepted.  If you have a transcript, DO NOT make a copy, copies will be made when you apply;

5) Be at least 18 years of age; and

6) Cashier’s check or money order in the amount of $25 made payable to IBEW Local 9 Apprenticeship Fund.  No personal checks will be accepted.

Study Guides will be available for $15.  Please bring a separate cashier’s check or money order.  No personal checks will be accepted.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, a mask must be worn at all times.  The Local strongly encourages qualified women and minorities to apply.  For more information and directions, visit www.ibew9edu.org

Carpenters – General Construction
Effective Monday, April 26, 2021, applications for future Pre-Apprentice “General Construction” carpentry training classes will be accepted at the Apprentice Program Office, 1256 Estes Ave., Elk Grove Village, Monday through Friday, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Each candidate must present the following requirement at the Apprenticeship Program Office between the hours of 9:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday Through Friday no later than Thursday, May 27, 2021.

1) Must have attained the age of 17 (Driver’s License or State ID card required);

2) Copy of High School diploma or High School transcripts (must have official school seal – 8 credits minimum), or copy of G.E.D. certificate;

3) Copy of Social Security Card or a receipt showing duplicate card has been applied for; and

4) $25 non-refundable application processing fee (Money Orders & Cashier Checks Only).

All 4 above-listed requirements MUST be submitted at the time of filing or candidate will NOT be permitted to file an application. 

** Veterans Only – Form DD214 must also be submitted.

The policy of this program is to encourage minority, female and veteran participation.  There it is requested that you please share the above information with those individuals interested in an Apprenticeship in Carpentry.

Electricians – IBEW Local 461
Applications will be taken during the months of July, August and September 2021 on WEDNESDAYS ONLY from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at IBEW Local Union 461, Apprenticeship Office, 591 Sullivan Road, Suite 200, Aurora, IL 60506.

Basic Requirements:

  1. You must be a minimum of 17 years of age at the time of application and must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of selection and indenture.
  2. All applications must be completed in the Local Union Office and must not be taken out of the building.
  3. You must be a high school graduate or have a GED (copy of GED certificate) or have a two-year associate’s degree or higher.  Proof of one year of high school Algebra I with a C or better grade or post high school Algebra I equivalent.  A high school transcript is required and must be in a sealed envelope from the school.  Transcripts from post high school education and training may be submitted in a sealed envelope from th school.
  4. You must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  5. You must be a resident of Local 461’s jurisdiction which includes the southern half of Kane County, all of Kendall County, plus Sandwich (including township) in DeKalb County at the time of application.
  6. Agree to sign a statement that he/she is physically able to perform electrical construction work.  Accepted applicants must provide a physical exam before starting the program.
  7. Accepted applicants will be required to appear, at a time and place specified by the NECA/IBEW Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee, for a drug/acohol test.
  8. You must provide a birth certificate or any other acceptable form of documentation that proves minimum age requirements.

Selections of apprentices under this program shall be made on the basis of qualifications alone.  For more information, call (630) 897-0461.

Sheet Metal Workers/SMART Local 265
Due to the pandemic, applications for an apprenticeship will be taken by appointment only.  Please call the education office to schedule an appointment at 630-668-0110, ext. 29.

Qualifications for all new apprentice applicants are as follows:

  1. Applicant must be a minimum of 17 years of age.
  2. All applicants must submit the following information: a) Completed application, b) Birth certificate, c) High School diploma or G.E.D. certificate, d) Valid Illinois driver’s license, e) Military Discharge papers (if applicable.
  3. All apprentice candidates must pass an aptitude exam (given and administered in English on an assigned date) appropriate to the Sheet Metal or Service industry.
  4. Applicants who are accepted into the program will be required to provide their own transportation, and must be insurable to drive a company vehicle in order to work.
  5. All applicants must be available to work within the territorial jurisdiction of Local #265, which is: DuPage, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Livingston and Will Counties.
  6. Apprentice candidates will be required to pass a physical exam and drug screen at a clinic to be designated by the Apprenticeship Program.
  7. There will be a $25 fee payable by check, cash or money order ONLY to Sheet Metl Workers Local 265 Education Fund, brought in with you at the time of application.

Note: If all required documents are not provided at the time the application is submitted, the application will NOT be accepted.  The acceptance will start promptly at 8:00 am and end at 11:00 am sharp.

For more information, contact 630-668-0110 and ask for the Education Department.

New Apprenticeship Guide Available

CISCO has received a new batch of updated Apprenticeship Guides. This 90-page booklet is loaded with information about each of the building trades apprentice programs, including requirements to apply. To view and download the Guide, go to www.cisco.org/apprenticeship/









































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