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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.

A quick perusal of the bills that have been filed suggest the General Assembly’s top priorities this year are 1.  Protecting dogs, 2. Not spending money the state doesn’t have and 3. Further controlling who, when and what can carry firearms.  These are all political issues, and a desire for headlines seem to be dominating the bill filings so far.  There are almost 50 seats impacted by the primary, so some of the political rhetoric will die down after the primary on March 20, but much of it will continue into the General Election with what will be record breaking spending on political advertisements this summer and fall.

We have had meetings with legislators this week and are scheduled for many more in the upcoming week.  So far topics of discussions have included police professionalism, pension changes, revenue issues for municipalities and racial profiling. We will see bills on these issues filed this week.  In addition, we will file bills including a bill to decrease obstacles to mental health services, eliminate several pension issues and clarify definitions of peace officer for purposes LEOSA. Also, there are several bills active now, including two scheduled for Committee 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.