Archive for February 18th, 2022

Illinois municipal pensions

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On Thursday, lawmakers held a hearing to determine if they would again push back the deadline for cities to fully fund fire and police pensions. 

Under current law, cities have until 2040 to fund 90% of their pension obligations. A Democratic-led bill would push that back until 2050. The bill must be approved by the House Personnel and Pensions Committee before moving forward. It is part of the policy platform of the Illinois Municipal League, a group made up of cities and villages from around Illinois which advocates for legislative reform. 

Pensions have been a major sticking point for lawmakers in Springfield, with public pension systems for state officials being underfunded for several years.  

The people involved in paying pensions for police officers and firefighters have certainly started talking about the proposal. 

Chuck Sullivan, president of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, said there are ongoing problems with municipalities paying into fire and police pension systems and criticized the fact that the target date for funding was already moved back from 2033 to 2040 during a major pension reform in 2010. 

The AFL-CIO and the Fraternal Order of Police have also registered their opposition with the General Assembly. 

Despite opposition from fire and police groups, municipal leaders have come out in strong support of this proposal. 

Under the current law, Springfield projects that it will pay $29.9 million into police and fire pension funds next year. Under the proposal, the city would pay $24.6 million. However, by extending the ramp, the city will pay more money in order to reach the law’s 90% funding requirement.

For example, under current law, the city will have to spend $481 million by 2041 to fund 90% of fire pensions, whereas the proposal would have the city spend $696 million by 2051 to reach the same level. 

Rockford’s $22 million in annual pension payments are currently equivalent to the combined budgets for the mayor’s office, city council, legal department, finance department, information technology department, human resources department, and human services department.

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Decatur Fire Department news

This from Mitch Hartman:

I know this isn’t Chicago Fire Dept news but Decatur FD took delivery of Boston’s Rescue 1 former Pierce Quantum heavy rescue for use as their special ops rig to replace the old IH/ Hackney hazmat truck and special ops trailer. Hopefully they keep the twin Mars 888’s. Here is the link to their FB post.

Our new (used) Special Operations vehicle arrived last night from Boston, Massachusetts. This will replace our old squad and our haz mat trailer. The vehicle was previously Rescue 1 for the Boston Fire Department. Our special operations members will spend a couple of weeks mounting equipment before it is ready for service in Decatur.

#BostonFD; #DecaturFD; #usedfiretruck

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#BostonFD; #DecaturFD; #usedfiretruck

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New engines in Chicago (more)

From E-ONE Hamburg New York @EOneHamburgNewYork 

Check out the City of Chicago’s (IL) 8 new E-ONE stainless steel side mount pumpers! The details: Cyclone II X long cab with 67.5” CA and 12” Vista, Cummins X12 455HP engine, Hale QTWO 1500-GPM single-stage pump, 500-gal water tank, 30-gal foam tank. Thank you, City of Chicago, for allowing E-ONE to serve you! #EONENY#EONEstrength#EONE#firetruck#pumper

New E-ONE stainless steel fire engine for the Chicago Fire Department

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New E-ONE stainless steel fire engine for the Chicago Fire Department

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New E-ONE stainless steel fire engine for the Chicago Fire Department

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thanks Josh

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