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Primary Election Results

By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

From Leinenweber, Baroni and Daffada

Yesterday’s primary was generally very good for the FOP endorsed candidates.  Of the 18 endorsed candidates, 3 did not have primaries, 4 lost and 11 won.  In addition, although the FOP did not endorse candidates for constitutional office, the Democratic candidates for Governor and Attorney General, Pritzker and Raoul, were labor endorsed candidates and are the best-case scenario for the FOP.

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Bargaining Unit Leadership/ Steward Training

By Shawn Roselieb, Executive Director - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018- 9am-4pm
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 9am-4pm
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9am-4pm

Members will learn their role in handling a critical incident, and what they should do to protect the rights of their coworkers. Gun owner liability insurance specifically designed for FOP members and IROCC (Illinois Retired Officer Concealed Carry) permit holders and their families will be presented. New Steward Training will cover running meetings, developing by-laws, grievance preparation, and duties for representing your membership. Attendees will receive instruction on preparation for negotiations/ reaching tentative agreement or impasse/ mediation and arbitration.

Class size is limited to the first 30 participants. Please register with Chris Flynn at (217) 698-9433 or email: Lunch will be provided.

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Mid-March Legislative Update

By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Monday, March 19, 2018

From: Leinenweber, Baroni and Daffada

Last week was the last week of session prior to a three-week break.  The unusually long break is due to a week off for the primary election which is on March 20, combined with a typical two-week spring break.  When the General Assembly returns, there is one week of session prior to the Committee deadline in both the House and the Senate.  The unusually busy primary with primary opponents on both sides of the governor’s race, as well as contested primaries for both Republicans and Democrats for legislative seats throughout the state has generally reduced legislative action in both chambers.  This means that the first week of April will likely see more bills moved than January, February and March combined.

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March Legislative Update

By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Monday, March 5, 2018

From: Leinenweber, Baroni and Daffada

The Illinois General Assembly met last week, with both chambers in session.  The primary focus is moving bills out of committee in anticipation of the committee deadline coming up in approximately one month.  The House is in this upcoming week, and the Senate is in the next week, and both chambers are out for the next three weeks.  The unusual three-week break is due to the mid-March primary and the timing of the traditional two week break on either side of the Easter holiday.

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February Legislative Update

By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

From: Leinenweber, Baroni and Daffada

The General Assembly cancelled legislative days last week after an unprecedented lack of work being done.  So far, for the year, the House has filed a fraction of the number of bills that would historically have been filed, 515, and the Senate dropped the bar even further by filing 393 bills.  This means that filings for the year are at about 30% of what would be expected.  The Legislative Reference Bureau, the agency responsible for issuing a bar code for all legislation, indicated that requests were down about 20% from years past.  Ultimately, this means that the upcoming week will see a higher bill file rate than has recently been recorded; as many as 2000 bills could be filed this week.

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Important Information

By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Recently, the Illinois Appellate Court in Percy Taylor v. Thomas Dart, et al., found that the Sheriff’s Merit Board was “illegally constituted” between May 5, 2011 and   November 2015.  Therefore, the Appellate Court ruled that the termination of Percy Taylor was void, and his case was remanded to the Board for another hearing. Percy Taylor was also entitled to back pay for the time that he was off work.

Based on this case, the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council (“Labor Council”) believes that ANY action taken by the Board during the relevant time period, May 5, 2011, to November 2015, was void.  Anyone who was disciplined or terminated by the Board during that time period may be entitled to backpay, reinstatement and/or a new hearing.

The Labor Council has heard from some members who are impacted by the Percy Taylor case.  However, since the Labor Council did not represent the membership until August 29, 2014, we are concerned that there are members or former members who were disciplined or terminated by the improperly constituted Board that have not contacted us.

We are posting this notice for any member or former member who was issued discipline of more than 29 days, up to including termination, by the Merit Board between May 5, 2011, and November 2015. If this applies to you or anyone you know, please contact Attorney Daniel Mahoney at the Labor Council by calling 708-784-1010.

Bid Exchange

By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Friday, November 10, 2017

New Law Requires Drug/Alcohol Testing When Officers Are Involved In Shootings

By Gary Bailey, Attorney - Monday, September 11, 2017

On August 25, 2017, the "Police and Community Relations Improvement Act" went into effect. Found at 50 ILCS 727/1-25, the statute requires law enforcement agencies to adopt a written policy regarding drug and alcohol testing following an officer-involved shooting. The policy must require law enforcement officers who discharge their firearm causing injury or death to a person (during the performance of their duties or in the line of duty) to be tested as soon as practicable after the shooting but no later than the end of their shift or tour of duty.

As with any new law, it is subject to interpretation. The Illinois FOP Labor Council has mailed out to employers of law enforcement officers we represent demands to bargain over the impact of this law as we determine if new language is necessary in collective bargaining agreements to address this new law and its requirements. Many current Labor Council contracts have drug/alcohol testing provisions so it may be only minor adjustments are needed in some agreements.

If you have questions regarding this new law, please contact your Labor Council representative.