Governor Signs SB149!

The Senate Bill 149 passed & the Governor signed it.  The important notes are in blue below!

Public Act 096-0054         Effective Date: 7/23/2009

The below is an extract of what is important.  Please take time to read the entire bill as there are changes on municipalities and third party inspections which are talked about in the full text version of the bill. Click here to view it. 

 (h) Notwithstanding anything else in this Section, the
following upgrade requirements of the 2007 edition of the
Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators (ASME A17.1) and the
2005 edition of the Safety Code for Existing Elevators (ASME
A17.3) must be completed by January 1, 2015, but the
Administrator or Local Administrator may not require their
completion prior to January 1, 2013:
        (i) restricted opening of hoistway doors or car doors
    on passenger elevators;
        (ii) car illumination;
        (iii) emergency operation and signaling devices;
        (iv) phase reversal and failure protection;
        (v) reopening device for power operated doors or gates;
        (vi) stop switch pits; and
        (vii) pit ladder installation in accordance with
    Section of ASME A17.1-2007.
    (i) In the event that a conveyance regulated by this Act is
altered, the alteration shall comply with ASME A17.1.
Notwithstanding anything else in this Section, the
firefighter's emergency operation, and the hydraulic elevator
cylinder, including the associated safety devices outlined in
Section 4.3.3(b) of ASME A17.3-2005, are not required to be
upgraded unless: (1) there is an alteration, (2) the equipment
fails, or (3) failing to replace the equipment jeopardizes the
public safety and welfare as determined by the Local


Administrator or the Board.    
    (j) The Administrator may choose to require the inspection    
of any conveyance to be performed by its own inspectors or by    
third-party licensed inspectors employed by the Administrator.    
(Source: P.A. 94-698, eff. 11-22-05; 95-573, eff. 8-31-07.    

CEA Golf Outing – Friday August 7th, 2009


Come and join us for the legendary CEA Golf Outing Friday August 7th, 2009!  A wonderful afternoon of golf, first rate dinner and AWESOME raffle is included in the day’s activities!  Don’t wait till the last minute, register for the event or sponsor it today! Sponsorship opportunities are available and we’d love to have you share in this fun filled day.

Click Here To Download The Registration and Sponsorship Form Here! CEA-2010-Golf-Outing.pdf


Cost for this event is 135.00 per golfer for members  (165.00)-non-members & late additions after 7/31/09  and includes the following:

18 holes of golf, golf cart rental, half way house tickets, dinner and prizes.

All attendees must be paid before attending unless prior arrangements are made.

Please send payment to:

Chicago Elevator Association
14639 Short Street
Posen, IL 60469
Attn: Tom Przybyla                                                                     

Please respond by 7/31/09

You may contact me via fax at (708)371-2477or phone (708) 371-2444

Best Regards

Craig Zomchek ( President )
Tom Sybert ( Vice President )
Tom Przybyla ( Secretary/Treasurer )

April 2nd Business Meeting!

Don’t miss the Chicago Elevator Association meeting on Thursday April 2nd 2009 at Angelo’s Ristorante in Elmhurst. This location is idea for those of you who work in the Western Suburbs which is most of the elevator companies in the Chicagoland Area.

This will be a business meeting and our guest speakers are Teresa Shirley, Executive Director and Steve DeGrenier, President of the National Association of Elevator Contractors. In addition to an interesting presentation they will be giving away a registration package to this years United Convention in Orlando to a professional/contractor member who attends this meeting.

Please RSVP via e-mail or fax. Note the change in location for this event.

Dinner at 6:30 PM

Angelo’s Ristorante

247 N York Rd
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 833-2400




Guest Speaker: Teresa Shirley & Steve DeGrenier – NAEC

CEA Upcoming Events:

·         May Meeting

·         July 1,2009- EESF Boat Cruise

·         Aug 7,2009-CEA Golf Outing

Please respond via e-mail to or via fax to (708)371-2477 no later than 03/31/08 in order to provide adequate seating.

 Craig Zomchek -(President)

 Tom Sybert-(Vice President)

 Tom Przybyla-(Sec/Treasurer)



Number of Attendee’s:________________

P.S. The NAEC will be raffling off a registration package for the Orlando Convention to a contractor or professional member at this meeting. Please come and show your support for this great organization.                               

NAEC Presentation Topics will include, but will not be limited to:

Features of  NAEC membership

·         Network Opportunities

·         Discounts on attending  NAEC Events

·         Complimentary publications – Mainline newsletter, Membership Directory & Elevator World

·         Infinity program (Office Depot, Hopkins Group, Randall & Richards)

·         CodeFinder Database access  – NEW BENEFIT

·         Discounts on NAEC Education Programs CET™ & CAT™

·         NAEC Website (Job board, Online Member Directory, Classifieds)

Other industry points

·         Supervisor Health Care Benefit Program

·         NAEC’s role in the industry – Locally, Regionally, Internationally & Nationally

·         United in Orlando – September 20-23, 2009 – Orlando, FL

·         United in Atlantic City 2012 – Atlantic City, NJ

Upcoming NAEC Events:

·         Regional Education Seminar – May 5-6, 2009 – Indianapolis, IN

·         2010 Spring Educational Conference – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

NAEC will be giving away registration packages for three upcoming events: Regional Event in Indianapolis, United in Orlando and 2010 Spring Conference.

NAEC extends a special ” THANK YOU” to the CEA Board of Directors for allowing us to speak at this event!


CEA Meeting Tomorrow Night – 6:30 PM

We hope to see you tomorrow, Thursday March 5th, 2009 at Marcello’s for the CEA March Meeting!  Frank Conroyd from Conroyd Insurance will be presenting on keeping liability costs down when insuring your business.   Insurance is always a hot topic and a large cost for most businesses today. Bring your questions!

If you haven’t already RSVP’d please do so by the end of today to provide adequate seating. E-mail RSVP or via fax to 708-867-2477! 

(312) 654-2560
Guest Speaker: FRANK CONROYD

 Mark Your Calendars! CEA/Industry Events:

  • April 2nd Meeting – Teresa Shirley (NAEC) – New Location TBD – Dinner Meeting – Make sure you make it to this event. The NAEC will be giving away a registration package to a Contractor or Professional who attends the April meeting for the United Show in Orlando.
  • July 1st, 2009 – EESF Chicago Cruise – We had a great time the last two years and appreciate all the CEA’s Membership Support. Make plans to attend this year’s Cruise and enjoy good food, camaraderie and a gorgeous view of the Chicago Skyline.
  • May 7th, Meeting – Speaker & Location to be announced
  • May 5th – 6th – NAEC Regional Indianapolis Seminar
  • August 7th, 2009 CEA Golf Outing

Thanks everyone, we look forward to seeing you all tomorrow night!

Craig Zomchek -(President) 
Tom Sybert-(Vice President)
Tom Przybyla-(Sec/Treasurer)

Charles Dolan Passes Away

I received some sad news today from Peter Dolan. Charlie Dolan, Peter’s Grandfather, passed away on Monday February 15th.  As feisty as Charlie was, I will remember him for his dedication to Atlas Elevator, our industry and to his family.  It wasn’t more than 6-7 years ago when I stopped by Atlas Elevator and Charlie was at his drafting table working away. At the time, I admired his ability to want to continue working at his age and his desire to share his knowledge with others.

Please take a moment to sign his guest book. If you have a story you’d like to share about Charlie please share it in the guest book.

Charles Peter Dolan
(June 20, 1914 – February 15, 2009)
Guest Book | Sign Guest Book

Charles P. Dolan, age 94 of Wilmette. Owner and operator of Atlas Elevator in Chicago for 60 years. Beloved husband of the late Emily A. Dolan nee Gruden ; loving father of Jill (Gary) Augustson and the late Rory Dolan; proud grandfather of Jennifer (Robert) Shaffer, Elise Augustson, Peter (Julie) Dolan and Tricia (Philip) Oerke and great grandfather of 5.

Visitation Friday February 20th – 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Funeral Saturday 9:30 a.m. from Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Blvd. at Old Orchard Rd. Skokie. Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 1747 Lake Ave. Wilmette. Entombment All Saints Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorials to a charity of one’s choice

From the entire CEA Membership, our thoughts and prayers are with the Dolan Family.

 Tom Sybert – Chicago Elevator Association