Archive for May 20th, 2015

Fatal house fire in Palatine, 5/15/15 (more)

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A Palatine fire that left a woman dead and her disabled daughter injured likely was started by an extension cord, according to Palatine Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Gratzianna. The extension cord ran under a rug in the daughter’s second-floor bedroom, where the fire began, he said.

The woman’s mother, Lois Demos, 63, died at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights after she was pulled from the blaze, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Her daughter, who is about 20 years old and, according to neighbors, is disabled, was transferred from Northwest Community Hospital to Loyola University Medical Center to be treated for burns.

Firefighters were called to the home in the 100 block of South Street around 8:15 p.m. Friday. When they entered the home, they found Demos unconscious near a bedroom, and her daughter semi-conscious near the living room.

The home was heavily damaged and deemed uninhabitable, according to fire officials.


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Elgin firefighters file motion about arbitrator’s decision

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Elgin Firefighters Local 439 filed a motion Monday with the Circuit Court of Cook County Chancery Division to dismiss an arbitrator’s March ruling that Elgin could continue with reduced minimum shift manning from 36 to 34 workers that it put in place in January 2012.

The motion notes that in December 2011, the city requested that the union continue with an agreement allowing the lesser staffing level that it had first entered in February 2010. The union told the city it had no interest in doing so.

The union filed a grievance in October 2013, which it advanced to arbitration in December 2013. Arbitrator Edwin Benn conducted three arbitration hearings in 2014 and this March found in favor of the city, the motion notes.

The motion claims Benn “evidenced partiality and/or misconduct prejudicing the rights of the Union when he failed to make credibility findings; when he ruled at hearing that the language of the Variance Agreement was ambiguous, and then found in his Award that the language was unambiguous; when he ruled at hearing, prior to all of the evidence being heard, that it was not the City’s intent to establish minimum manning after the expiration of the Variance Agreement; and when he failed to examine all of the evidence and found the language of the Variance Agreement to be unambiguous.”

It also claims Benn “exceeded his authority, inter alia, by amending, modifying, nullifying, ignoring, adding to, and subtracting from the provisions of the Agreement and Variance Agreement when he held that the City had the unilateral right to change minimum shift manning.”

Calling the ruling in favor of Elgin, against public policy, arbitrary and capricious, the motion to dismiss states Benn’s award “did not draw its essence from the contract because it amended, modified, nullified, ignored, added to, and subtracted from the provisions of the Agreement and Variance Agreement by holding that the City had the unilateral right to change minimum shift manning.”

Elgin firefighters have been working without a contract since January of 2014. Union President, Elgin Fire Cpt. Vince Rychtanek, said he expects that matter of the contract will be before an arbitrator this fall and that manning levels once more will be a point of contention.

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As seen around … Orland Park

From Josh Boyajian:

55' Snorkel built by Darley

Orland FPD Snorkel. Josh Boyajian photo

Pierce Lance fire truck

Orland Truck 7 – 2004 Pierce Lance. Josh Boyajian photo

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