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 from the ESA’s National Training School 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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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.

Plan on attending the following Village Meetings to express your opposition:

Coffee with the Council                                               Village Board Meeting

Saturday, October 8, 2016                                              Tuesday, October 11, 2016
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM                                                       7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Martin J. Conroy Police Center                                       ROBERT O. ATCHER  Municipal Center
Community Room                                                           Russ Parker Hall
1000 W. Schaumburg Road                                           101 Schaumburg Court
Schaumburg, Illinois 60194-4153                                   Schaumburg, IL 60193-1899

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

Join us November 9th for Elections and Member Dinner

Join the IESA on November 9 at 5:00 PM for Elections and a Member Dinner at Gene & Georgetti’s in Rosemont

The IESA is Seeking Sponsors and Door Prizes

This is an expensive event, but it’s not a fundraiser.  In fact, we won’t cover costs unless we have Associates Members sponsor part of the event.  Please let us know if you are able to help us defray the costs.  Call Kevin Lehan at 773-632-314 for more details on how you can participate in the event.



Electronic Security Networking for Technicians

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On Friday, January 20, 2017, the IESA will host its second training course in conjunction with Slayton Solutions to provide a hands-on education about electronic security networking for technicians. 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. Details about start/end times will be announced soon, but please save the date and keep this course in mind for you and your staff.
Training for the Electronic Security Networking Technician(ESNT) certification, performed 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. While many IT certifications deal with in-depth elements of networking, the ESNT is a first-level program specifically for physical security technicians and sales personnel. The program emphasizes hands-on, practical security-related applications. All ETA certifications measure competencies of persons, not products. They are non-vendor specific.

Upcoming Meetings

November 9, 2016: Gene & Georgetti’s Rosemont IL
January 11, 2017: General Membership Meeting
March 8, 2017: General Membership Meeting
May 10, 2017: General Membership Meeting
November 8, 2017: Annual Elections
Look for details and registration information soon…

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