The Illinois Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association was chartered March 10, 1945, as one of the autonomous Chapters, now totaling approximately 120, of NECA. The Chapter is incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois as a nonprofit corporation and holds tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code as a Trade Association.
The Chapter presently is composed of eight (8) Divisions where the Chapter holds bargaining rights for its members and other electrical contractors in the area. The Divisions are: Alton/Wood River, Bloomington, Champaign-Urbana/Streator-Pontiac, Danville, Midstate, Southern Illinois, Southwestern Illinois and Springfield. The general area in the State of Illinois included in these Divisions ranges from the Streator-Pontiac area on the north to the Missouri and Kentucky state lines on the south and from the Beardstown area on the west to the Indiana state line on the east.
Each of the Chapter Divisions elects a member to represent that Division on the Chapter Board of Directors, the policy making body of the organization. The Directors serve staggered terms so approximately one-third of the Board is subject to election each year. A Chairman is elected each year by each division and that person is the appointing authority for its various committees and chairs the meeting of that Division.
The Chief Executive Officer is the Executive Vice President, who is employed by the Board of Directors. He is responsible for the implementation of the policies established by the Board of Directors, the hiring and direction of Chapter staff and the day-to-day operations of the Chapter.
The National Electrical Contractors Association, founded in 1901, is the leading representative of a segment of the construction market comprised of over 70,000 electrical contracting firms. The industry employs over 650,000 electrical workers and produces an annual volume of over $65 billion. NECA includes 118 U.S. chapters in addition to others in countries around the world.
NECA is dedicated to enhancing the industry through continuing education, labor relations, current information and promotional activities. It is the voice of the electrical contracting industry, working to promote higher standards, quality workmanship and training for a skilled workforce.