The Illinois FOP Labor Council

The Labor Council provides full union representation: negotiating and enforcing contracts, improving salaries, working conditions, and benefits for law enforcement professionals throughout Illinois. Our members are protected 24 hours a day by a staff of full-time, in-house attorneys and field representatives who have a proven track record of winning.

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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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State Lodge House and Senate Primary Endorsements

By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The following candidates have been endorsed by the Illinois State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police for the upcoming March 20th primaries for the house and senate.

Endorsed Candidate District Party
Daniel J. Burke House 1 - Chicago Democrat
John D'Amico House 15 - Chicago Democrat
Robert Martwick House 19 - Chicago Democrat
Bob Rita House 28 - Chicago and South Suburbs Democrat
Nic Zito House 49 - Dupage County Republican
Eddie Corrigan House 53 - Mount Prospect Republican
Daniel Didech House 59 - Buffalo Grove Democrat
Lance Yednock House 76 - Ottawa Democrat
Jim Durkin House 82 - Western Springs Republican
Norrine Hammond House 93 - Macomb Republican
Marc Bell House 99 - Springfield Democrat
C.D. Davidsmeyer House 100 - West of Springfield Republican
Dan Brady House 105 - Bloomington Republican
David Reis House 109 - Effingham area Republican
Terry Bryant House 115 - Carbondale area Republican
Ira Silverstein Senate 8 - North Chicago and some suburbs Democrat

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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Will County Probation Officers & Clerical

By Keith Turney, Field Representative - Friday, January 12, 2018

Negotiations for Will County Probation Officers and Clerical Employees was laborious to say the least.  Bargaining team members met over the course of nearly a year in an attempt to hammer out an agreement.  Negotiations at times got contentious as our bargaining team members fought for every potential advantage at the bargaining table. Ultimately, we struck a deal that was monumentally beneficial for Labor Council Members.

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Coal Valley

By Jay Titus, Field Representitive - Friday, January 12, 2018

The Village of Coal Valley have a new three year contract. The team secured a wage increase in each of the three years, increased the wage percentage difference between Officers and Sergeants, added compensatory time and FTO pay.  The team was also able to add criticial languange pertaining to 10-hour shifts, drug and alcohol testing, sick leave, vacation time and training.  The unit was represented by Clint Whitney and Tim Krebe who did a great job!  They were assisted by Field Representative Jay Titus and Attorney Gary Bailey.

Joliet Command

By John Roche, Attorney - Friday, January 12, 2018

The Bargaining Team, in exchange for modest wage proposals, was able to secure locked in insurance for a period of time that significantly extended past the duration of the collective bargaining agreement.

Livingston County Corrections

By Keith Turney, Field Representative - Friday, January 12, 2018

The Illinois FOP Labor Council, representing Livingston County Correctional Officers, Court Security Offices and Secretarial Staff entered into negotiations with two open insurance grievances that accused the employer of unilaterally changing insurance benefits without negotiating such changes.  After exchanging proposals on day one there were some 40 outstanding issues that both sides needed to resolve. Needless to say; there were ill feelings on each side of the bargaining table and emotions were tense.

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