As early as 1897, representatives from Illinois independent telephone companies were gathering together periodically to discuss common telephone problems. Such meetings were largely local, made up for the most part of telephone representatives from neighboring counties. Gradually, common interests and problems gave rise to organized associations of telephone men and women.
The Illinois Telecommunications Association (ITA) and its professional staff serve at the direction of the corporation's Board of Directors and are guided by its standing and special committees. There are also a number of ad hoc committees created to address special, one-time issues. As new members join the Association, additional committees will be formed to serve our diverse membership.