IECC/SIC Skills Contest

IECC and SIC will be holding a mine rescue skills competition on June 12 & 13, 2018 at SIC.  There will be six teams a day competing.  Events such as Mine Rescue Hose Management and two field exercises will keep participants engaged all day.  Everyone is welcome!  Please contact SIC for more information.

Illinois Basin Coal & Mining Expo

Every year the IMI holds an annual meeting and expo to have the opportunity to show-case our region and the benefits of coal. However, this year the event will be called the Illinois Basin Coal and Mining Expo to combine the IMI counterparts in Indiana and Kentucky making the show even better than before. The IMI, Indiana Coal Council, Hoosiers Count on Coal, and Kentucky Coal Association are all organizations that  promote mining-related activities.  Our members are industry professionals throughout the Illinois Basin, including educators, and state and governmental organizations. 

2017 Annual Meeting Highlights

This year marked the 125th year of the Illinois Mining Institute.  The IMI Annual Event was held at the Marion Pavilion on August 29 & 30, 2017.  The event brought nearly 500 people, 45 vendors and 13 mine rescue teams, to attend the events planned for the 2017 Meeting meeting.  As education is an important aspect of the IMI, nearly 100 kids from four schools were able to attend and learn about the mining industry.  Even with lower attendance, the event was still a huge success! 

The event started  with a golf tournament and expo hours and was followed by the first ever “Casino Night”.  This gave vendors and participants alike a great chance to network while playing their casino favorites.  Wednesday started with the all day expo and mine rescue competition.  The event was concluded by live music and dinner at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. 

We cannot wait to see where next year will take us! 

Resources

The mining industry plays a vital role in supplying the world’s power. The industry is comprised of many components that support this endeavor. They all come together to meet the energy needs of the 21st century.

National Miners Day

Congress has proclaimed December 6 as National Miners Day. Miners both past and present through their dedication and sacrifices have laid the ground work for present improvements in mine safety and have ultimately improved the way of life for all here in the United States. On this coming Sunday, please let us all take a moment to remember the lives lost, the time given and dedication provided by both past and present individuals in the mining industry.

2016 Annual Meeting Highlights

Thanks to everyone who made the 2016 IMI Annual Event and Meeting a success! The event was held at The Pavilion in Marion, IL on August 23 & 24, 2016. We had almost 400 participants, another 200 including mine rescue personnel, 10 college and university students, five high schools with 110 students in attendance, plus 50 exhibits at the trade show. The technical sessions were conducted by leading experts, the golf tournament had great weather, and everyone enjoyed the reception at Kokopelli with speaker John Cabello. The event was concluded by the picnic at Black Diamond with live music.

2015 Annual Meeting Highlights

Thanks to everyone who made the 2015 IMI Annual Event and Meeting a success! The event was held at The Pavilion in Marion, IL on August 25 & 26, 2015. We had almost 600 participants, another 250 including mine rescue personnel, 20 college and university students, five high schools with 140 students in attendance, plus 70 exhibits at the trade show. The technical sessions were conducted by leading experts, the golf tournament sold out, and everyone enjoyed the picnic at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. The event was concluded by the awards banquet where attendee’s were entertained by comedian Mike Bliss.

The IMI Annual Event caught the attention of local media. The event was covered by local news outlets Channel 3, Channel 6, and Channel 12. The Southern Illinoisan covered the event in three different articles. The event was also covered by the Marion Republican and WJPF radio.

2014 Annual Meeting Highlights

Thanks to everyone who made the 2014 IMI Annual Event and Meeting a success! The event was held at The Pavilion in Marion, IL on September 9 & 10, 2014. We had almost 600 participants, another 250 including mine rescue personnel, 32 college and university students, five high schools with 145 students in attendance, plus 84 exhibits at the trade show. The technical sessions were conducted by leading experts, the golf tournament sold out, and everyone enjoyed the picnic at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. The awards banquet guest speaker, Alex Epstein, captured the attention of everyone present.