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2nd Annual Construction Expo Showcases Career Opportunity to Minorities

Nearly 300 young adults attended the 2nd Annual Construction Expo at St. Paul Community Development Ministries (SPCDM) as CISCO and eight other organizations partnered with SPCDM during the August 5th event.  Twenty different trades were on hand along with six state agencies to assist participants in understanding how to be accepted into an apprenticeship program, as well as to obtain hands-on experience into what it is like to work in that trade.

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Pictured above (top photo) is a participant trying his hand at a computerized welding exhibit, sponsored by the Pipefitters Local 597.  Below that CBS News Chicago reporter Jim Williams interviews CISCO Board member Maurice King.  To view more pictures from the event, click here.

In addition to CISCO and SPCDM, the event was co-sponsored by Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago & Cook County Building Trades, Exploring Program/Boy Scouts of America Affiliate, Chicago Federation of Labor, Ullico, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services and Alderman Willie B. Cochran (20th Ward) of the City of Chicago.

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CISCO’s recent partnership with the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, the Chicago and Cook County Building Trades Council, the Illinois AFL-CIO and City Colleges of Chicago was a success as nearly 100 young men and women attended the event at Dawson Technical Institute to learn how best to navigate the apprenticeship application process, and what requirements are necessary.

Pictured above are from left: State Rep. Kenneth Dunkin, Dawson Tech Dean Robert Barnett, State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, State Rep. LaShawn Ford, Tom Villanova, President of the Chicago and Cook County Building Trades, State Rep. Camille Lilly, State Sen. Jacqueline Collins and Jason Keller, Illinois AFL-CIO Legislative Director.

To view more pictures from the fair, click here.























CISCO’s “Last Swing” Golf Outing – Sept. 14 Save The Date – Start Planning Today! 

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAStart planning your foursomes now for the annual shot-gun style outing and barbecue lunch, Monday, September 14, 2015 at Bloomingdale Golf Club, 181 Glen Ellyn Road.  The outing is still the best value and offers great prizes and networking fun. Registration and free practice range begins at 7:00 a.m. with golf beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Cocktails and lunch begins around 1:30 p.m.

There are also many ways to sponsor the outing.  Hole, Beverage Cart, Halfway House and Lunch sponsorships are available, as well as registration table and prize donations.  Click here to read about all the details.  And call us at 630-472-9411 to reserve your foursomes today!


“Hard Hats With Heart” – Annual Construction Event – Soldier Field – Sept. 10

Hard Hats With Heart is holding it’s annual construction event benefitting the American Heart Association (AHA) and the fight against heart disease on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Soldier Field to coincide with the first game of the NFL season.  Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.

If you are interested in participating, the AHA has set up a link – click here - where you can purchase tickets and review the agenda for the evening.  Jayme Pierson, the AHA Vice President of Corporate Development is available to respond to questions at jayme.pierson@heart.org or via phone at 312-476-6687.

Updated Apprenticeship Guide

CISCO has updated its Apprenticeship Guide to reflect changes in various apprenticeship application procedures and requirements.  Click here to go to the apprenticeship page and click on the link for the new booklet.

Illinois Tollway opens I-390 Ramps


The Illinois Tollway announced the opening of three new ramps connecting I-290 to the new Illinois Route 390 as part of the Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project.  To read complete details of the ribbon-cutting event (pictured above), click here.










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