The Illinois Electronic Security Association exists to promote public safety and foster positive relationships with police, fire and elected officials at the local, state and national level.

The IESA actively engages in consumer advocacy and our organization is guided by our Code of Ethics.

Its members are licensed by the State of Illinois (225 ILCS 447/) to design, install, monitor and service systems to protect life and property, including burglar alarm, fire alarm, access control, video surveillance and critical-process systems.

The IESA also offers a wide-range of professional development and training courses and we host five membership meetings each year. This includes a social/business event in September, as well as a Vendor Trade Show in November to coincide with our Annual Executive Board Elections.

We encourage you to join the IESA today and become active,

For those interested in becoming a member of the IESA please refer to the PDF’s below

Alarm Contractor Membership Form

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Associate Membership Form

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CLARK Security, an Anixter company and leading wholesale distributor of physical security products and services, will be hosting its 2017 Midwest Educational Seminar & Product Showcase, March 9-11 at the Hilton Northbrook, located at 2855 Milwaukee Avenue in Northbrook, IL.

The event will feature over 25 training classes, offered Thursday through Saturday, ranging from general locksmithing to electronic access control. Each class is designed to help attendees expand their scope of expertise and offerings, and many will feature hands-on learning. A customer appreciation party will be held on Friday, March 10, 7-9 p.m. The product showcase on Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., will feature more than 40 industry manufacturers demonstrating their latest products and technologies, and offering special show discounts on-site.

Visit www.clarksecurity.com/event/mw2017expo/ for full details and to register.

IESA Membership Dues Confusion

Confusion has been created regarding Illinois Electronic Security Association membership as Texas-based ESA has invoiced some past members for 2017 dues while offering FREE six-month memberships to others. Keep in mind that the IESA, an independent state trade association, is the only organization actively working to help improve market conditions in Illinois. 

On December 31, the IESA emailed invoices to past members for 2017 membership and around the same time, ESA national mailed invoices to the same group for national membership, causing a little bit of confusion in the market place.

If you would like to be a member of the IESA, which ended its chartered chapter relationship with ESA national, and you did not receive your company’s invoice, please contact us today. Keep in mind that all dues paid to the IESA will be used for Illinois issues, particularly, to gain more influence in Springfield to help alarm contractors in the local markets we serve. In fact, the IESA make a huge investment in January when we hired Dorgan, McPike & Associates, a top-tier lobbyist firm, to be our legislative representative.

I hope you will not only become a member of the IESA at this critical time, but that you will be active with our state trade association.

To join the IESA, Illinois licensed alarm contractors should click here.

Associate members – companies that provide a product or service to the alarm industry, should click here for 2017 member applications and media guide for the IESA’s newsletter, Protection Connection.

New Date for Electronic Security Networking Technician Training Course

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This class has been moved from January 20 to Friday, February 24. The Electronic Security Networking Technician training course taught by Slayton Solutions and will provide a hands-on education about electronic security networking for technicians. Training for ESNT certification, approved by the Electronic Technicians Association (ETA), is a combined home-study and one-day classroom “nuts and bolts” program teaching the basics of IP network fundamentals applied to physical security.

The ESNT training program consists of a self-study CD, practice test, and formal examination. Click here to purchase the CD.

The cost is $570 for Members and $695 for non-members. The class will be held at 999 E. Touhy Ave., 5th Floor, Des Plaines. A registration form can be found here.

Schaumburg ordinance will cost you money!

Schaumburg ordinance will cost you money!

1) This ordinance simply adds an additional level of costs and requirements without appreciable benefit. Schaumburg businesses will be forced to pay for additional equipment and pay more for alarm monitoring service. The businesses will not be allowed to keep their current qualified private-sector alarm monitoring company for their fire alarm. If fire and burglar services were bundled to save money, they will be “unbundled” and additional charges will be incurred. The village monopoly forces business owners to pay for a higher cost solution that generates money for the village and Northwest Central Dispatch.

2) Over ten years, this ordinance will charge the business community more than $11,500,000. For many businesses, their monthly charge will be more than twice of what they currently pay.

3) The Village position is that the ordinance will provide better safety. There is no substantiation for this position.

4) This ordinance will result a higher cost of doing business in Schaumburg.

On August 23, Schaumburg passed ordinance 16-078 that deems a government entity – Northwest Central Dispatch System – as the only provider of monitoring service for commercial fire-alarm systems in the community.

This is virtually the same ordinance that is being litigated in federal court now, specifically Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. v. Bloomingdale Fire Protection District et al.


As it stands, they are litigating claims for violation of the federal Civil Rights Act and antitrust claims under the Sherman Act.

There is recent precedent that favors the private alarm industry, in particular, Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District, which paid several million in legal fees to the plaintiffs. The linked story below only cites the $2.13M paid to one of the plaintiffs; another plaintiff, Tyco, reportedly received a similar size award, but they are not sharing the amount.


Join us in expressing your opposition to this unfair business practice.


Contact Schaumburg officials at (847) 923-4705 or by e-mail and tell them you oppose Ordinance 16-708:

Village President Al Larson – alarson@villageofschuamburg.com
Trustee Marge Connelly – mconnelly@villageofschaumburg.com
Trustee Tom Dailly – tdailly@villageofschaumburg.com
Trustee George Dunham – gdunham@villageofschaumburg.com
Trustee Frank Kozak – fkozak@villageofschaumburg.com
Trustee Jack Sullivan – jsullivan@villageofschaumburg.com
Village Manager Brian Townsend – btownsend@ci.schaumburg.il.us

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