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28874 W IL Rt 120 Suite A
Lakemoor IL 60051-7204

Office Hours: 8:00 to 4:00
Local 250 is part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters. We were established in 1892 and incorporated in Illinois. On October 31, 2018 former Locals 1307 and 2087 were combined into a new and larger Local 250.

In January 2019 we opened the doors at our new location!

Our meetings are held in Lake Villa. We encourage our combined membership to come to our meetings. Even if you haven't been to a meeting in a long time. It's a chance to meet and network with past and present coworkers, learn about the issues we're all facing, find out about jobs and opportunities, pay your dues, have a snack, or enter the raffle.

Why Union is better

It's wrong to say that unions have outlived their purpose, or that they are no longer needed. Unions have provided benefits and protections for their members for over a century. America owes the 8-hour day and the 40-hour week to unions.

Today unions are fighting against discrimination, for fairness, justice, and progress, and for decent living wages. These ideals are under attack now more than ever.

Union carpenters are experienced, well-trained professionals who enjoy fair wages and good benefits. This is one reason why Union carpenters want their employers to succeed.

Contractors benefit from having a pool of dedicated, highly skilled craftsmen available for any size project. Carpenters with specialized skill and safety certifications are readily available. Architects know that union jobs run more smoothly and with fewer surprises.

End-customers benefit from safe work places, and from the training and experience of union workers. Union signatory contractors tend to be well-established firms: stable, fully insured, and bonded. 

Society benefits from having solid infrastructure built for the ages, by stable workers who take pride in their work. Union wages set the standard for the wages of all workers.

Rights and Responsibilities

The UBC has developed the Carpenters' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities to let all the men and women who put on their tools each morning know what they deserve and what they should expect to produce for their employers and for their communities. We believe that all working people have a right to:
  • A good job with benefits
  • A living wage that can support a family
  • Security and dignity in work and retirement
  • A safe and secure workplace
  • Education and training to reach your full potential
With rights come responsibilities
  • Being productive, efficient workers
  • Producing work of the highest quality; work that we stand behind
  • Improving our communities
  • Helping fellow workers achieve safety and security in the workplace
  • Being active citizens and informed voters
To sum up, since our founding, we have always believed in a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.

Local 250 Officers
VICE-PRESIDENT  John Horak Joe Bitto   Joe Bitto Pat Rea
FINANCIAL SECRETARY  Jim Rosemeyer Jeff Dick Jeff Dick Hector Gonzalez
RECORDING SECRETARY David DeGross Ryan Reitman Paul Brown John Horak
TREASURER   Paul Brown Joel Pogose Bill Lee
CONDUCTOR  Jeff Stanonik Ron Eck Tony Mathis
WARDEN  Joe Huss Jim Rosemeyer
Status of officers and delegates as of July 2019.

We hold our membership meetings at the VFW Post #4308, 130 East Grand Ave, Lake Villa, Illinois 60046, on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. The VFW post is located in front of the Metra station parking lot. Besides the VFW parking lot, convenient free parking is also available in the Metra lot at that hour.

Local 250 News . . .

  • T-SHIRTS are now for sale at the office or at the meetings for only $10.00. See larger picture below.
  • Certified Safety-Trained Supervisors Needed! See notice below
  • New President: Mark Bitto retired on July 1 after many years of service to our Local. He joined the Libertyville Local in 1979, and worked tirelessly as an officer since 1993. Joel Pogose took over as interim President until we hold elections.
  • New CRCC Resources: Visit the CRCC website to sign up, or text "WORKING4U" to 22828 and enter your email, to get updates about the great new benefits and other improvements being made.
  • The UBC has an online store. Find apparel, outerware, jewelry, and accessories   
  • Have you signed up for the career-building 300-Hitter Program, held in Las Vegas, that develops leadership, mentoring, coaching, and communication skills for journeymen? There are openings this fall. See short video here
  • Local 250 has issued a coin commemorating 125 years of existance. You can get one at the meeting.
  • Dues. You may come in to the office to pay your dues, and Linda would love to see you. Or you can mail them in, or pay at our meetings if that is more convenient for you. 
  • Business meetings. Thanks to the large number of members who attended our October meeting. Our next meeting will be held on November 11 at 7:00 PM at the VFW post in Lake Villa. Bring your co-workers who are members. Members of other locals who are in good standing are also welcome. Our meetings now provide the opportunity for even more networking in our larger jurisdiction, with over 2000 members.
  • Picketing, Handbilling and Bannering campaign are starting up, right in Lake and McHenry Counties. Want to join us? We are no longer doing the dues-credit compensation, but paying an hourly wage. Please call if you are interested, and help us win back the work!
  • Speaking of picketing, will Scabby the Rat be outlawed by Trump's anti-labor NLRB? See the August articles from the Sun-Times here and from the Tribune here
  • The work situation is still strong although we have some members out of work at present. 2019 is a good year. We are still interested in welcoming back more former members. New projects are starting up. Contractors have plans for millions of square feet of building area. 
  • The commercial sector is strong, with job openings right here in Lake and McHenry Counties. Hospitals and libraries are adding on and making improvements. School projects are ongoing. There is also continuing improvement in the residential area. 
  • Thinking of taking a skill advancement class at the Training Center? Be prepared; these classes are becoming more and more important for establishing your qualification for critical jobs in various specialties of the trade. Hardware, hospital, or scaffolding certifications are absolutely required in some situations. Check for new classes being offered. The schedules are now online here  
  • For those members who have a scaffold card, it's always easier to renew your expiring card than to be recertified. 
  • Work in other states: If you are interested in working elsewhere, you should make adequate preparations. Always complete the reciprocity forms before going out of state to work.
  • Remember that in order to qualify for benefits during September-October-November, you must have hours earned during the second quarter, or enough hours credited in the past 12 months. Visit the Carpenters Benefit Funds page for a full explanation.
  • If you see fly-by-night contractors working on jobs where they don't belong, let the BA know. We can't let them steal our work, and we are succeeding in taking it back.


For the latest information on these four scholarship opportunities for your college-age dependents, please call the office.

The Ted Kenney / George Vest Jr. Scholarship provides financial support to college-bound children of members of local unions affiliated with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters. Local 250 had a winner in 2018, two winners in 2017, and one in 2016. The application period for the $1,000 scholarships begins in April and ends on July 1.
CISCO Board Expands Scholarship Program. The Construction Industry Service Corporationís (CISCO) Board of Directors expanded its scholarship program this year. They now offer three ($2,000/year) 4-year scholarship awards and two 2-year awards ($1,000) to high school seniors planning to attend community college; and (2) two-year continuing education awards ($1,000/year) to union members or contractor employees. The CISCO Scholarship Program deadline is in February. For more information visit the CISCO website - www.cisco.org  or call CISCO at 630-472-9411.

The William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship - Each year, the Chicago Federation of Labor awards 10 scholarships to high school seniors, valued at $2,000 each, to five winners of the Academic Competition and five winners of the Random Drawing. The funds may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States. Applications for the William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship close in February.

The Union Plus Scholarship Program - Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Over 2,700 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, supported in part by contributions from the provider of the Union Plus Credit Card. (You do not need to be a Union Plus Credit Card holder to apply for this scholarship.) The Scholarship application period opens in mid-June, and awards are announced on May 31 of the following year. 

Union News 

  Now construction unions are facing a new threat! Please help us fight IRAPs:


The Construction Safety Council website has safety posters and information. http://www.cpwr.com/sites/default/files/publications/Hot-Weather-Hazard-Alert_1.pdf

The Center for Construction Research and Training has hazard alert cards that you can download or order for posting on jobsites. They have concise information on aerial lifts, CO poisoning, nailgun safety, heat exposure, fall protection, confined spaces, and many other topics for construction workers, in English or Spanish. The Construction Safety Council is here



The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters website is the gateway for information for our members. Pension, insurance, and benefits information, voter registration, political action, organizing, and safety programs.

Find Out More About Benefits of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Welfare and Pension Funds. The website will answer most questions about our Union benefits for apprentice, active, and retiree members.

Or go directly to any of these areas: Eligibility, Contacts, Life Events, News and Announcements, Continuation Coverage, Life Insurance, Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse, Vision Plan, Dental Plan, Prescription Drug Plan, Comprehensive Medical Benefits, Disability Coverage and Trust Information.

If you lose your insurance coverage: An important thing to remember about  Continuation Coverage is that if you lose your regular Carpenters health plan coverage due to insufficient work hours, you are eligible to continue the same coverage you had while actively working, or select alternative coverage with reduced benefits. If you lose your continuation coverage but your spouse's employer offers insurance, the HIPAA law gives you the right within 30 days to get covered through special enrollment at any time of the year without waiting for the open enrollment period.  

Chicago Area Apprenticeship & Training Center website
Get on the email list to be notified of new classes starting, at ctcmainoffice@chicap.org

The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters is also on Facebook


United Brotherhood of Carpenters International 

The Carpenter's Forum magazine

Please read the article 5 Reasons Why We Love Labor Unions and Need Them More Than Ever

The AFL-CIO is a federation of 55 distinct unions.  https://aflcio.org/ has many resources. They strive to build and support the rights of working people and fight to vanquish social and economic injustice for members and non-members alike.

We are affiliated with The Lake County Building Construction Trades Council. Visit their website at  http://www.lakecountybuildingtrades.com/

The Chicago Federation of Labor is the central labor body for more than 300 Chicago-area unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO.  The membership of the American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations unions exceeds 500,000. The main objective of the CFL is to stand up for working men and women by supporting organizing efforts to ensure that workers' rights are upheld both on the job and in the courts.

What about "Right to Work"? The same forces that are giving tax breaks to the rich, and planning to reduce Social Security and Medicare benefits, are moving to make Right to Work a nation-wide policy, overriding states' rights to make their own labor decisions. What would this mean? See Right to Work Hurts Workers


Helmets to Hardhats is a national program that connects retired and transitioning active-duty military service members with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry.

Lake County gateway for the Affordable Care Act http://health.lakecountyil.gov/Primary/Pages/AffordableCareAct.aspx How, when, and where to apply locally for health care insurance under the Federal plan.

http://www.lakecountypassage.com has Lake County real-time traffic congestion maps, road construction status, and travel times. The County now has a smartphone app for traffic conditions and other county business. You can also listen to a recording of updates on road closures on AM 1620 radio.

SENIOR BENEFITS Aging isn't all bad. Click here for some benefits available to Illinois residents of a certain age.

Obamacare enrollment. For those lacking other insurance, health care coverage is available under the Affordable Care Act. But there are severe restrictions this year. Although the Open Enrollment Period  for health care insurance under the ACA ended on Dec 15,2017, a month and a half before normal, there is still a Special Enrollment Period  available at any time of the year, if you or your dependent loses existing coverage. For example, letís say you retire and your daughter loses the coverage you had. Or a marriage, a birth, a move, or other Qualifying Life Event changes your circumstances. In those cases, you can still get coverage within 60 days of the event. Go to https://www.healthcare.gov/ or getcoveredillinois.gov/ for details. The process and the website have been vastly inproved and streamlined. And remember that if you have any kind of insurance at all, including Medicare,you are entitled to a free annual wellness checkup/preventive screening. 

Find your US Representative

Find your Illinois State Legislators and your County Board Representative. If you live in Lake County, just find your house on this map and the information will appear.

Worker's Compensation laws have been weakened in 33 states including Illinois. We have new guidebooks that explain your rights. Get experienced counsel in case of injury. See http://cisco.org/workers-comp/ Jeep and Associates  Markham M. Jeep & Associates, P.C
 200 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
 Waukegan, IL 60085
 Phone: (847) 360 - 3300
 Fax: (847) 360-3303
Asbestosis and mesothelioma are diseases that are more common among construction workers than among the general public. Asbestos was formerly used widely in building and insulating material, and it can still be found in older buildings. Some of our workers have been exposed to this carcinogenic material in the past. Besides needing specialized medical treatment, victims may need the services of a law firm that specializes in mesothelioma and asbestos litigation such as https://www.vogelzanglaw.com/

Alzheimers Disease Information Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias are becoming an epidemic in America. The numbers are startling. If you don't already, the chances are good that you will know someone who suffers from this terrible condition. The Alzheimerís Association launched the Union Engagement Program in 2016 to help families affected by Alzheimerís and Dementia. More information available here  

Tara M. Pink, M.A. Engagement Manager

Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter 

8430 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Suite 800 

Chicago, IL 60631

 847.779.6976 | tpink@alz.org | www.alz.org/illinois
and check the following links for more reading:
Here is a recording "Supporting Couples Living With Dementia: How Spouses' Roles Change."

highway cleanup

Don't let people tell you that unions are obsolete. 
United States law supports collective bargaining. Unions are the backbone of the middle class, and union wages set the standard for the pay and working conditions of all workers. Therefore, Unions benefit every American worker.

Click here to read about the
National Labor Relations Act


United Brotherhood of Carpenters

 Chicago Regional Council Of Carpenters

Carpenters Apprenticeship Program
Union Benefits & Pensions

Skill Advancement Program

RIGHT TO WORK Ends Workers Rights


What is a union
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Union Thug Tshirt

One of our members wearing this great T shirt. Click to enlarge.

get your PROUD UNION HOME yard sign

Stop Wisconsin Right to Work

If you think Unions are no longer needed

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My dad needs a Living Wage

Save the middle class


the Workers Independent News is the only nationwide radio news service that focuses on the issues and concerns of working families and their labor unions.WIN is heard on commercial and non-commercial radio stations nationwide, every business day, and online at www.LaborRadio.org

OSHA poster
OSHA makes jobsites safer

Falls are the #1 type of constuction accident. You have the right to say "no" to unsafe working conditions.

work safe



Tired of Smoking?  Quit For Life

Dear Participant and Family Members:

The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Welfare Fund is excited to offer the Quit For Life Program, brought to you by the American Cancer Society and Alere Wellbeing.  The Quit For Life Program is the nation's leading tobacco cessation program.  The program helps people overcome their physical, psychological and behavioral addiction to tobacco using a seamlessly integrated mix of medication support, phone-based cognitive behavioral coaching and web-based learning and social support.

If you join the Quit For Life Program, you can create a Quitting Plan that is designed to meet your individual needs and provide you with as much help as you need, when you need it. You will have access to an online learning and social support community, a printed workbook, nicotine replacement therapy support and toll-free access to dedicated Quit Coaches who are always ready to offer you expert support.

The Quit For Life Program is provided free of charge to you and your eligible dependents age 18 and older. This program will teach you the techniques and provide the tools needed to be ready, both physically and emotionally, to quit using tobacco for life.

Call 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE (866-784-8454) to register.  When you call, it will be necessary to identify yourself as a member of the "Chicago Carpenters."  You can also enroll online at www.quitnow.net/crcc.  Select "Enroll online now" to begin the registration process.  You must be eligible for benefits at the time of your enrollment.  Quit For Life personnel are available to answer your questions and guide you through the process. You can do this!

Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Affiliated Locals (Revised August 2019)

Last fall the CRCC completed a major restructuring of our Local jurisdiction. 

Some Locals have been combined for greater efficiency. 

Central Region Locals
Local 1
(now includes Local 80)
1327 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 101
Chicago, IL 60607
Local 10
(now includes Locals 74L and 141)
7625 W. 100th Place
Bridgeview, IL 60455
Local 13
(now includes Local 1539)
300 S. Ashland Ave., Rm. 102
Chicago, IL 60607
Email 1 Email 2
Local 54
(now includes Local 578)
7625 W. 100th Place
Bridgeview, IL 60455
Local 58
(now includes Locals 181 and 839)
3545 W. Peterson Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659
Local 174
(now includes Locals 195, 496, and 916)
1407 Essington Road
Joliet, IL 60435

Local 250
(now includes Locals 1307 and 2087)
28874 W IL Rt 120
Suite A
Lakemoor IL 60051
Email 1  Email 2
Local 272
(now includes Locals 62 and 434)
821 Chicago Road
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Local 1027
4979 Indiana Avenue, Suite 210
Lisle, IL 60532
Email  Website
Local 1185
4979 Indiana Avenue, Suite 213
Lisle, IL 60532

E-mail Website
Local 1693
(now includes Local 1051 which was formerly in the Southern Region)
4979 Indiana Avenue, Suite 211
Lisle, IL 60532

Email  Website
Local 1889
(now includes Locals 363 and 558)

4979 Indiana Avenue, Suite 202
Lisle, IL 60532

Western Region Locals
Local 4
(now includes Local 166)
6623 W. Kimberly Road
Davenport, IA 52806
Local 195
1001 Boyce Memorial Drive
Ottawa, IL 61350

Local 308
350 Waconia Court SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Local 790
1008 Seventh Ave.
Rock Falls, IL 61071
Local 792
212 S. First St.
Rockford, IL 61104
Local 2158
2707 62nd Street Court
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Southern Region Locals   
Local 237
2412 N Main St,
East Peoria, IL 61611
Fax: 309-698-9664

email carpenters237@mcircc.com

Local 243
402 S Duncan Rd
Champaign, IL 61821

email-see website form
Local 270
211 W. Lawrence Ave
Springfield, IL 62704
Fax: 217-528-9364

email-see website form

Disbanded Locals   These former Locals are now part of the Locals listed above
former Local Number former location now part of Local Number
Local 62 Chicago Heights   272
Local 74L Lisle     10
Local 80 Elmwood Park       1
Local 141 Bridgeview     10
Local 166 Milan       4
Local 181 Elmwood Park     58
Local 363 Sugar Grove 1889
Local 434  Chicago Heights   272
Local 496 Kankakee   174
Local 558 West Chicago 1889
Local 578 Lisle     54
Local 839 Hoffman Estates     58
Local 916 Sugar Grove   174
Local 1051 - Millwrights Lincoln 1693  in the Central  Region
Local 1307 Lisle   250
Local 1539  Des Plaines     13
Local 2087 Sugar Grove   250

Nearby Wisconsin Locals  These southeast Wisconsin Locals have also been restructured and are part of the North Central States Regional Council.
Local 161
3030 39th Ave.
Kenosha, WI 53144
Fax: 262-652-4442
Local 264
N 25 W23055 Paul Road, Suite 1
P.O. Box 790
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Fax:  262-970-5770
Local 344
N 25 W23055 Paul Road, Suite 1
P.O. Box 790
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Fax:  262-970-5770
Local 2283
N 25 W23055 Paul Road, Suite 1
P.O. Box 790
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Fax:  262-970-5770
Local 2337
N 25 W23055 Paul Road, Suite 1
P.O. Box 790
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Fax:  262-970-5770
Local 314
1605 Center Avenue
Janesville, WI 53546
Phone: 608-752-8899
Fax: 608-752-6511

700 Olive Street
Saint Paul, MN 55130
Phone: 651-646-7207
Toll Free: 877-HANDSAW
Fax: 651-645-8318

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