• Cunningham highlights new resources to help reduce cancer risk for firefighters

    firefighter dr 051420CHICAGO – State Senator Bill Cunningham is commending the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and Mutual Aid Box Alarm System Illinois for creating a new project to help mitigate increased cancer risks for firefighters.

    “Firefighters risk their lives every day to protect us, and it’s critical that we take steps to keep them safe as well,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs. “I’m grateful to these agencies for their commitment to continually finding new ways to protect the health of our firefighters.”


  • Bennett: Thomasboro Fire Protection District receives funds for fire trucks

    fire gear 110719THOMASBORO – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) announced Thursday that the Thomasboro Fire Protection District is one of 23 communities to receive funds to purchase fire trucks that will allow first responders to better serve the area.

    “Fire departments consistently face financial burdens,” Bennett said. “This funding will allow the fire district to purchase the equipment they need, while also reducing the cost to local taxpayers.”

    The Thomasboro Fire Protection District, a volunteer department, is the recipient of $300,000, which has given it the opportunity to purchase new equipment it may not otherwise have been able to afford.

  • Cunningham named Legislator of the Year by Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois

    IFFA AwardSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Bill Cunningham was named Legislator of the Year by the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (IFFA) on Wednesday for his advocacy on behalf of firefighters and other first responders in the Illinois State Senate.

    “I’m honored to be chosen for this award I want to thank the IFFA for its continued advocacy on behalf of Illinois firefighters,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs. “I look forward to continuing to work with the IFFA and first responders throughout the state to promote the interests of Illinois firefighters.”

    Cunningham has worked on behalf of first responders in Springfield since he first joined the General Assembly in 2011. Last session, he introduced legislation to protect Chicago firefighters’ pensions by allowing them to transfer credit from their previous service to their current pensions.

    “Illinois’ firefighters are heroes who put their own lives on the line on a daily basis to keep us safe,” Cunningham said. “State government needs to look out for these brave men and women the way they look out for us.”

  • Cunningham: Governor's veto of bipartisan firefighter pension bill troubling


  • Cullerton: “This one small change will eliminate unnecessary hurdles for military families who have already lost too much”

    Police Memorial 2016VILLA PARK - To assist military families State Senator Tom Cullerton’s (D-Villa Park) legislation to update the Line of Duty Compensation Act, was signed into law today.

    The Line of Duty Compensation Act provides for death benefits to be paid through the Court of Claims when law enforcement officers, firemen and military service men and women are killed in the line of duty.

    Cullerton had heard from the Attorney General’s Office about a claim filed by the wife of a U.S. Army serviceman who was killed during Operation Freedom Sentinel which is not currently included in the act.

  • Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial: Remembering the fallen and honoring heroic acts

    Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial 2017The Illinois General Assembly welcomed firefighters from around the state for the annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial & Firefighter Medal of Honor Ceremony. The event began with an honorary memorial tribute. Sadly, this year, two Illinois firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty. Many say, this event is a meaningful way to show respect by honoring those who serve our state and country.

  • Raoul prioritizes treatment over sentencing for trauma victims

    Sen. Kwame raoulSPRINGFIELD —  State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) introduced legislation last week that seeks to find treatment for trauma victims accused of gun offenses rather than imposing harsh sentences on them.

    “The trauma caused by violence in many communities often goes untreated and can have a lasting impact on victims, sometimes leading them to commit crimes themselves,” Raoul said. “Diversion programs to treat the underlying trauma will have a much more positive impact on these individuals and their communities than incarceration will.”

  • Cunningham votes to provide pension parity to Chicago public safety workers

    cunningham fitness ctrSPRINGFIELD—State Senator Bill Cunningham on Tuesday voted to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 440.

    The legislation will bring pension parity to retiring Chicago police officers and fire fighters born after 1955. It would also ensure that a widower’s benefit would never decrease below 125 percent of the federal poverty level.

    “All public safety workers put themselves in the line of duty to protect and serve our communities,” Cunningham said. “After protecting our communities for their whole careers, they should be able to retire knowing that they will be able to provide for their families.”

    The legislation now moves to the House for an override vote.

    Senator Cunningham represents portions of Worth, Orland and Palos townships in the southwest suburbs and the neighborhoods of Mount Greenwood, Beverly, Morgan Park and Auburn-Gresham in Chicago.

  • Mulroe fights for Chicago police and firefighters

    mulroe veto 111616SPRINGFIELD –Legislation to support Chicago police officers and firefighters and their widows and widowers passed the Senate today in a veto override.

    Senate Bill 440, sponsored by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago 10), passed both houses of the legislature with bipartisan support in the spring but was vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

    “I think it’s important that we provide for the families of our firefighters and police officers,” Mulroe said.

  • Tom Cullerton honored by Illinois Fire Fighters

    State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) posed for a quick picture with fire fighters from the Lombard Fire Fighters Union IAFF Local 3009 after receiving the Association of Fire Fighters of Illinois’ 2016 Legislative Award for his advocacy work on behalf of DuPage County fire fighters.BLOOMINGDALE - State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) was honored on Thursday, June 9 at the 41st Biennial Convention for the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois for his advocacy and work on behalf of DuPage County fire protection services.

    “I’m humbled to be awarded this honor by this group of hard-working fire protection professionals. Fire fighters risk their lives every day to protect our homes and families,” Cullerton said. “We are lucky to have such hard-working firefighters in our communities. They are focused on saving lives and looking for new opportunities to address our public safety needs.”

    This year the Bloomingdale Fire Fighters Local 3272 hosted the 2016 Associated Fire Fighter of Illinois convention.

  • Harmon passes legislation to fund fire, police line-of-duty awards

    Harmon03032016Scholarships for the children of Illinois firefighters and police officers who die in the line of duty would be funded again under legislation that passed in the Illinois Senate on Thursday.

    Senate Bill 2051, sponsored by Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park), would appropriate $975,000 for college scholarships for children of deceased police officers, firefighters and correctional officers, as well as $5 million for payment of line-of-duty awards.

    The payments have been held up because of the state budget stalemate.

  • Sullivan: Extend firefighter exams for veterans

    firefighter examSPRINGFIELD—Legislation allowing Illinois veterans between the ages of 35 and 40 to apply to become firefighters was signed into law Monday.

    Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) sponsored the new law in the Senate, and Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) initiated it in the House.

    “Ability—not age—should be what qualifies a candidate, especially a veteran, to be a firefighter. Keeping fire departments fully staffed is always an issue—especially in rural areas—and we shouldn’t turn veterans away because of age,” Sullivan said.

    The new law, House Bill 3203, allows veterans who turned 35 while serving in the military and are currently under the age of 40, to take an exam for a firefighter position.

    Currently, no one who is 35 or older can apply to be a firefighter unless they have previously served as one.

    The law applies to active duty or reserve members of the military, including national guardsmen.

    The governor signed the law Monday, and it takes effect immediately.