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    Nov 05, 2020

       Election Results 

          By ILFOPLC, Staff - Wednesday, November 5, 2020

    From: Leinenweber, Baroni and Daffada

              Heading into this election, Democrats were as excited as they have been.  Democrats in Illinois had every possible advantage.  They had better initial balances, helped by better fundraising.  The second least popular politician in Illinois is Donald Trump.  The Map was drawn for Democrats 10 years ago and has gotten generally better for most Democrats since then.  There were some experts that were expecting Democrats to pick up as many as 8 seats in the House, in addition to a pickup in the Senate.  There were also hopes by Democrats to win at least one additional Congressional Seat in the Springfield area.  These hopes were not what materialized on election night.  Due in large part to the large number of mail in votes, final vote totals are generally not available in any race, and some of the supposed wins discussed here in could change based on that turn out.

               Democratic Speaker of the House Michael Madigan was poised to pick up multiple seats in the Chicago Suburbs based on early polling and a fundraising advantage that was as disproportionate as $20 to $1.  There were 7 Republicans that Madigan targeted in the Suburbs.  Of these, only two Democrats were successful and 5 of the Republicans held their seats.  This included Janet Yang Rohr who beat Wherli in Naperville and Suzanne Ness who beat Skillicorn in Lake County.  There were 4 Democrats who were defending their seats in the Suburbs and two were successful.  Diane Pappas lost to Michael Camerer in northern DuPage County and Mary Edly Allen lost to Chris Bos in central Lake County.  In addition, there were two districts in the Metro East (the suburban area on the Illinois side of St. Louis) that were Democrats who were beat by Republicans.  This included Bristow losing to Amy Elik and Nathan Reitz losing to David Frieze.  In total, the House Republicans likely gained two seats.  While this is a big win for House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, it does not change the balance of power in the House.  House Democrats accounted for 74 of the 118 members of the House prior to the election and they will now constitute 72.

              Senate Democrats had two significant victories.  Senate President Don Harmon successfully defended  Senator Koehler in Peoria.  In addition, Harmon targeted an open seat, vacated by Republican Oberweis when he ran for Congress.  Ultimately, Harmon was successful in promoting former House Democrat, Villa in this ex-urban seat.  This means that the already oversized Senate Democrat caucus will grow to 41 of 59 seats.  This was the undoing of Senate Minority Leader Brady’s leadership as he has announced his resignation. Dan McConchie is likely going to be the next Senate Minority Leader.

              In the numerous Congressional races, incumbents generally won including the hotly contested race in Springfield against Rodney Davis.  The most up in the air race in Illinois remains Republican candidate Oberweis against incumbent Democrat Underwood.  It may be some time before the results in this race are finalized.

              The Judicial races were also dramatic in Illinois.  Justice Kilbride, a long time Madigan ally, lost his retention.  He will be replaced by an appointed Justice and there will be an open race in two years.  This was the most expensive Judicial Race in Illinois’ history.  Republican Overstreet won his race to replace Republican Karmeier on the Supreme Court.  The loss of Kilbride is viewed as a major Madigan loss, in addition to the loss of seats for House Democrats.

              Next to the Speaker, the biggest loser on Election Day in Illinois was Pritzker.  Pritzker was the largest funder and supporter of a Constitutional referendum to allow a progressive income tax.  The measure needed 60% approval but received only 45%.  This will make it harder for Pritzker to pass any type of tax increase because it demonstrated a general antagonism to new taxes across Illinois.  It will also likely trigger a reduction in the credit rating making it nearly impossible for Illinois to borrow its way out of impending budget reductions.  Pritzker will likely have to examine cuts to education, healthcare, pensions, and corrections to balance his budget that is billions of dollars out of balance.

               Ultimately Illinois’ election did not in any way change the balance of power.  The Speaker and President still both lead a Democrat super majority in their chambers.  Every Constitutional Officer in Illinois is still a Democrat.  What was important is that both the Speaker and the Governor are weakened after the election.  This weakening comes not only from their losses, but also the general ability of less funded candidates to outperform well-funded Democrats.  This could be viewed as eroding the value of both individuals’ deep pockets.  Generally, House Democrats that refused the Speaker’s and the party’s money and instead called for change in the party outperformed candidates who accepted the party’s money and platform.  The other change is a new Minority Leader in a further weakened Senate Republican Caucus.  This may ultimately drive this Caucus to be more conservative than it is currently.

    Specifically, for the Fraternal Order of Police, election results were overall incredibly positive for our endorsed Candidates.  In the Illinois Senate, the FOP endorsed two candidates.  The endorsed Democrat, Martwick, narrowly won while the endorsed Republican, Burress, lost to the incumbent.  We endorsed four candidates for Congress, but only one candidate won.  Incumbent Republican Bost won his race in the southern tip of Illinois.  We won a judicial Race and we lost on an endorsed judicial race.  In the Illinois House of Representatives, the FOP endorsed 11 candidates and 9 of those candidates won.  This included several races where our endorsement was instrumental in the close outcomes.  Overall, 63% of FOP endorsed candidates were successful and almost 75% of our statewide races resulted in successful endorsed candidates.

    Apr 15, 2020

    April 14, 2020

    For Immediate Release

    CONTACT: David Blanchette, (217) 370-9223


    FOP Labor Council urges Shelby County Board to stop action that will hurt first responders during COVID epidemic


    SHELBYVILLE - The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Labor Council, which represents all 30 deputies and support staff employed by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department, is calling on Shelby County government officials to pull back from a new payroll plan that will cause immediate economic hardship to the men and women who are risking their lives every day to protect the county's citizens during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


    “We can't think of a worse time than this to force first responders to give up a week's pay just to correct the way that county paychecks have been issued since the 1970s,” said FOP Labor Council Executive Director Shawn Roselieb. “These courageous men and women shouldn't have to worry if they'll be able to support their families during these unprecedented times just to tweak a bookkeeping practice that the employees didn't cause and that's been around for generations.”


    The Shelby County Board, through the County Treasurer's Office, intends to update the existing salary schedule from a “current pay” system to an “arrears” pay system during the month of May. The Treasurer has claimed that no employees will lose wages in the long term as a result of the switch, but it will involve Sheriff's Department employees going without pay for a week during May in order for the new system to “catch up” with the existing system.


    Those who cannot afford to go without a week's salary in May are being told to cash in hard-earned vacation or compensatory time even though they will be on the job working. The eight new employees can also use sick leave to bridge the gap as an option, but that would deplete the sick leave most of them have if they actually do contract COVID later.


    “Sheriff's Department employees know that two of their law enforcement colleagues in Illinois have already suffered duty-related deaths from this virus and many more have been severely stricken by it. They know that as 'essential employees' they cannot remove themselves from harm's way by staying at home,” Roselieb said. “Why on earth would anybody want to add an additional burden right now on these brave men and women battling this unseen threat as they try to keep their fellow citizens safe, secure and healthy?”


    Sheriff's Department employees won't be the only ones who suffer from the paycheck plan. Local businesses that are already hurting because of the pandemic shutdowns would see even less business during May since deputies and support personnel wouldn't have enough income to spend.


    Roselieb said the FOP agrees the outdated paycheck system needs to be updated and the union is ready and willing to work with the county to get that done. But the FOP feels the time to correct the issue, which has been around for almost 50 years, would be once the pandemic emergency is over, not right in the middle of the emergency.


    The Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council is a law enforcement union representing more than 12,000 professionals in more than 514 bargaining units who work in the criminal justice system. The Labor Council negotiates and enforces contracts and improves salaries, working conditions, and benefits for law enforcement professionals throughout Illinois. Its members include police officers who work for municipalities, universities, and elected Constitutional officials; county sheriff’s deputies, correctional and court security officers; probation officers; 911 telecommunicators; law enforcement records personnel; and some related support staff.


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    Dec 24, 2019

       Easy Rider: Illinois Cannabis Trailer Bill Allows

       Public Sector Employers/Collective Bargaining Agreements

                          to Regulate Cannabis Use by First Responders

                                     By Jeff Burke, Attorney - Tuesday, December 24, 2019

                Concerns about marijuana use by first responders may have gone up in smoke with a trailer bill proposing to amend the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act to allow public employers and collective bargaining agreements to regulate cannabis use by police officers, corrections officers, probation officers, paramedics, and firefighters (1).  

                The bill rolls other amendments into the well known and recently passed Act, a 400-plus page behemoth dealing with all topics cannabis related, including growth, manufacture, sale, possession, taxation, regulation, and use of marijuana and cannabis infused substances, as well as expungement of past criminal records, restriction and licensing of cannabis dispensaries, and prohibition against discrimination in housing and/or lending to cannabis users.

                While the original law made possession and use by the public generally legal—with significant restrictions—it prohibited use of cannabis “by a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, probation officer, or firefighter while on duty.” Concerns about recreational marijuana possession, transportation, and use by first responders “off duty” apparently pressured the General Assembly into a double take on this issue.  It bears noting that while cannabis possession and use will be legal under state law, it remains prohibited under federal law—at least as of this article’s publishing.  Also, issues surrounding off duty marijuana use by first responders have been present for years, at least since states outside of Illinois began legalizing its recreational and medical use over the past decade.  For example, what if an Illinois police officer uses marijuana while on vacation in California, where it’s legal?  Given how long chemicals from marijuana stay in the human body after its use, can a drug test discern how recently someone used it, and how much they used?  How far can an employer go in restricting an employee’s off duty legal conduct?  The   Illinois law legalizing marijuana use has made answers to these questions, and others, more urgent.

                The amendment hashes out some of the problems.  Assuming it passes, the law will now state, in part:

    “Nothing in this Act prevents a public employer of law enforcement officers, corrections officers, probation officers, paramedics, or firefighters from prohibiting or taking disciplinary action for the consumption, possession, sales, purchase, or delivery of cannabis or cannabis-infused substances while on or off duty, unless provided for in the employer’s policies . . . To the extent that this Section conflicts with any applicable collective bargaining agreement, the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement shall prevail.  Further, nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit in any way the right to collectively bargain over the subject matters contained in this Act . . .”

                The law previously prohibited use of marijuana “while on duty” explicitly, but it did not expressly forbid public employers from preventing marijuana use by policy or through a negotiated provision in a collective bargaining agreement.  This amendment seems intended to clarify any ambiguity about whether a public employer can bar marijuana use among the designated employee groups, and also whether public employers have a duty to bargain over any restrictions they may impose.  Clearly, they can prohibit the ingestion of cannabis products.  It is also clear that the General Assembly intends to leave resolution of first responder marijuana use up to the collective bargaining process.      

                While possibly hidden in the Act’s many recesses, it is not apparent that it forbids marijuana use by judges, medical field employees like doctors and pharmacists, or those holding political office. 

                After the smoke clears from the Act’s implementation, how should contract negotiators respond to employer policies seeking to prohibit, limit, or allow marijuana use?  Officer involved shootings, car crashes, and contacts with detainees and the general public mitigate against taking a strong “pro pot” position in contract negotiations.  Given the current political climate and hyper scrutiny of police activity, it is probably best to just say “no”.


    (1) It does not reference telecommunicators.

    Dec 17, 2019

       Cannabis Enforcement Following Legislation on January 1, 2020

          By ILFOPLC, Staff - Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    Click image below for the full pdf 

    Nov 15, 2019

       Pension Consolidation Our Way!

          By ILFOPLC, Staff - Friday, November 15, 2019

    The final Senate Bill 1300 is the most significant piece of pension legislation to have passed since Tier II, and thankfully it was nothing like the introduced bill that was based on proposals that came from the Governor's pension consolidation task force.

    The initial task force recommendations were to consolidate the investments of all downstate and suburban municipal pension funds for law enforcement officers. The task force recommended combining the investments and assets into one state-run fund, eliminating all of the local funds, and did little to address the failed Tier II benefit structure.

    The Illinois FOP and the Illinois FOP Labor Council opposed the Governor's task force recommendations, but we did not oppose the final version of SB 1300 because it does the following things:

    • Keeps all current downstate and suburban police pension funds in place to administer the benefits, determine disabilities and handle all of the day to day responsibilities of paying benefits.
    • Strengthens language which allows local pension boards to maintain the ability to determine duty disabilities.
    • Provides for a reasonable timeline for the slow and methodical transfer of assets from local funds to the consolidated fund.
    • Builds a firewall between the state and the new fund so the state has no authority over the consolidated fund and no access to any of the assets of the new fund.
    • Creates a board consisting of mayors, active and retired police officers to oversee the fund.  Active and retired police officers constitute the majority of the board.
    • Eliminates the ability of municipalities to use actuarial tricks to underfund their obligations to pension funds.
    • Gets rid of damaging restrictions that limit optimal investment returns on police officers' assets.  This will lead to better funding for police pension funds.
    • Places Tier II DNR Conservation Police, Secretary of State Investigators, Revenue Agents, Arson Investigators, Commerce Commission Police and gaming agents back into the Alternative Formula.
    • Allows State Troopers to purchase up to five years of out of state service credit.
    • Reinstates the Alternative Formula for University Police.
    • Eliminates the mandatory retirement age for certain Secretary of State officers.
    • Changes the final average salary calculation for municipal police officers to the highest four of their final five years.
    • Increases the maximum pensionable salary for Tier II downstate municipal officers and indexes it to keep up with the Social Security wage base going forward.
    • Provides a survivor benefit for Tier II municipal officers with less than 10 years of service.

    None of these key provisions would have made it into the final bill if it weren't for the combined letter to the editor and lobbying efforts by numerous FOP members, including calls and visits with legislators. You truly helped to take us from having an untenable arrangement shoved down our throats to a positive solution that will protect our precious  retirement income both now and in the future.

    Nov 12, 2019

       Consolidation Our Way!

          By ILFOPLC, Staff - Tuesday, November 12, 2019

                Your voices have been heard regarding the proposed consolidation of downstate municipal police pension funds. The fight is far from over, but it appears that when FOP members speak out, lawmakers listen.

                Thanks to your legislator outreach, letters to the editor and other ways of making your views known, state lawmakers are considering amendments to the legislation to consolidate pension funds that will address several of our major concerns. We have agreed in principle with these proposed amendments and will ensure they make it into the final language of the bill.

                The revised legislation would give active and retired municipal police officers a majority of the board that controls the consolidated investments. It would create an investment board of police officers and mayors that is elected by active and retired officers – it would not be controlled by the state and therefore its funds could not be swept. Five board members would be elected by police officers and four members elected by the mayors. Local funds would also be kept in place to administer benefit determinations, pay benefits, and conduct disability proceedings.

                The revised bill would also remove outdated and damaging restrictions on pension investments so that police officers could have their money invested for the best rate of investment returns and at a lower risk.

                Perhaps most importantly, there are meaningful and badly needed corrections to the unfair and flawed Tier II benefits. We achieved an amendment that would bring Conservation, University, Capitol and Commerce Commission Police, as well as arson investigators, back into the alternative formula for Tier II. Additionally it would increase the total maximum salary for Tier II officers to match Social Security, improve survivor benefits for Tier II officers who die before earning 10 years, and improve the final average salary calculations for Tier II officers.

                And for a significant, long-term change, we achieved legislation that would remove the ability for municipalities to use bogus actuarial assumptions to underfund their pensions.

                As you can see, we have had numerous successful meetings and conversations that have produced some results, but we are far from done. We intend to continue to work with the Governor’s office and the General Assembly to make sure the final legislation works in accordance with our principles. We appreciate all the membership has done in working together to accomplish our mutual goals.

    Jun 13, 2019

       June Legislative Update

          By ILFOPLC, Staff - Thursday, June 13, 2019

             Our lobbyists had a very busy 2019 legislative session to say the least.  Open the attachment for a summary of what went on in Springfield during session.

    We would like to express a huge thank you to Pete Baroni and Andrew Bodewes for all of their work.

    Jan 24, 2019

       January Legislative Update

          By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Thursday, January 24, 2019

    From: Leinenweber, Baroni, and Daffada

    The week of January 14th saw the end of the 100th General Assembly and the start of the 101st G.A.  The 101st promises to look very different than the 100th for multiple reasons.  Perhaps the most significant change is in the Executive Branch, but the Legislative Branch has experienced many changes as well.  The most interesting thing, at least so far, is how much has stayed the same.

    Pritzker is about as different from Rauner as two Governors can be.  Pritzker ran on a generally pro working person platform.  He advocates for raising taxes to allow more revenue for state and local funding to pay bills.  He supports increasing gambling, legalizing marijuana and pouring borrowed funds into new Illinois infrastructure.  He has taken steps to pay his staff more than previous law allowed.  He has supported collective bargaining and has already started to reverse the anti-labor policies of his predecessor.  All of this is to say that he is heading in a very different direction than the epically unpopular former governor Rauner.

    Pritzker will likely get help from the new Legislature.  There has been more turnover between the 100th and the 101st G.A. than has happened in anyone’s recent memory.  The Democrats control the Legislature with a higher margin than ever before, and now have super majorities in both chambers.  The new members are, generally, more progressive and more engaged than Freshmen of previous years.  Many have entered the chamber filing legislation in the first week.  Many were elected in previous Democrat proof districts.  Many of them openly support Pritzker’s policies.  This Liberal Democrat controlled body cannot wait to support police reform, increased taxes, legalized marijuana, increased education dollars, increased social programs, and increased gambling.  The defining issue that all of Illinois faces; however, is not these new changes.  The defining issue is what has stayed the same.

    The Legislature elected John Cullerton to be the Senate President and Michael Madigan to be the Speaker of the House.  While Cullerton is likely to embrace the more liberal policies of the new body, Madigan is decidedly more conservative than many of the Republicans in his chamber.  This continuity in leadership is likely to keep some level of continuity in actions through the Legislature and is likely to make it possible to kill some of the more liberal agenda certain legislative members may prefer.  The other major carry over from the 100th G.A. and Rauner’s term in office is an astounding amount of debt.  The State still has over $8 billion in short term debt coupled with tens of billions in long term debt.  This means that whatever the desire for new programs, the checkbook is going to have trouble supporting it.  This also means that even if the progressive arm of the controlling Democrats is able to substantially increase revenue, that money will go to pay for past years’ costs for a long time before any law enforcement agency gets an additional dollar.

    Below is a list of some of the bills that effect the FOP:

    • SB 39 allows an additional $5,000 homestead exemption for property taxes for officers who suffer a duty disability.
    • HB 309 creates an unnecessary and complicated contract approval process for employees of educational facilities, including police employed by colleges and universities.
    • HB 21 removes the requirement that a complaint against a police officer be accompanied by a sworn affidavit.
    • HB 152 limits subjects of collective bargaining to make officers more susceptible to unwarranted investigations and discipline.

    Nov 09, 2018

       End of Election Summary

          By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Friday, November 9, 2018

    The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police endorsed candidates for statewide office, U.S. Congress and the Illinois legislature, in addition to local races for judge.  Every candidate the FOP endorsed for Congress won their election, and every endorsed statewide candidate won their respective race.  In the Illinois legislature we endorsed 52 candidates for office and 42 of those candidates were successful in their election.  Generally, Democrats had a strong year gaining seats in both the Illinois House and the Senate.  While some races were so close they have not yet been called, it is clear that the Senate Democrats have expanded their super majority and the House Democrats have gained a super majority in their chamber.  In general, the government in Illinois is now more Democrat and more progressive than it was before the election.

    The biggest change in Illinois is the change in Governor.  JB Pritzker easily defeated incumbent Republican, Bruce Rauner.  Pritzker was a bit of an unknown because he had not served in public office before; however, he has been publicly committed to supporting collective bargaining and labor issues.  He met with the Fraternal Order of Police prior to obtaining their endorsement where he demonstrated he had many shared values with the organization.  Getting a sworn enemy like Rauner out of office will have net benefits for the Fraternal Order of Police.  Frerichs was the other endorsed statewide candidate running for Treasurer.  He won and will continue to serve in that capacity.

    Congressional candidates that the FOP supported in the mid-term election were all incumbents.  We endorsed two Democrats, Bustos and Schneider and two Republicans, Bost and Davis.  The two major changes in federal representation happened in Northern Illinois in races where the FOP did not endorse.  Illinois’ representation in Washington is more Democrat than it was prior to the election, but we believe this will have minimal effect on what is happening at the state level.

    In the Illinois legislature, the chambers generally moved Democrat.  There was only one Republican pick- up in the entire state, and that was in the southernmost district in Illinois.  The Democrats had 10 significant pick-ups, and they were all in the suburbs.  Senate Republicans were playing mostly defense this year.  One of the only races they were actively trying to pick up was in the suburban St. Louis area (Metro East).  The Republicans were unsuccessful.  The Democrats were actively targeting five Senate Republicans.  We had endorsed four of these Republicans and were actively involved in defending them.  We lost one of these races, Senator Rooney in Palatine.  Another of these races is too close to call, Senator Connelly in Naperville.  Senator Anderson in the Quad Cities and Senator Curran in Western Springs both won re-election.  The other endorsed Senate Republicans survived the election without major challenge. 

    Senate Democrats had multiple races running this year, and we endorsed four Senate Democrats.  Senator Cullerton, from the Western Suburbs, survived his challenge with strong margins.  Senator Manar, from central Illinois, also won handily in a race that was far less competitive than many initially predicted.  The most contentious Senate Democrat race in Illinois was Leslie Aud-Crowe in the Metro East.  The race was extremely expensive and relatively close; although, Crowe outperformed her polling and won reelection.  All in all, every Senate Democrat that we endorsed was ultimately successful in getting reelected. 

    House Republicans had a harder election day than their counterparts in the Senate.  They ultimately lost 7 seats, all of which were located in the Suburbs.  This is the second most impactful result of the election, because now House Democrats, like their Senate counterparts, have a veto proof majority.  Ultimately, 11 of the 14 House Republican candidates endorsed won.  Three of the candidates we endorsed lost, including Olsen in Downers Grove, Winger in Carol Stream, and Eddie Corrigan in Arlington Heights.  All but Corrigan were incumbents and Corrigan was defending a Republican seat.

    House Democrats represent the largest caucus in the legislature by numbers, and the largest caucus in terms of our endorsements.  Of the 28 endorsed candidates in the House Democrat caucus, 22 won and 6 lost.  Of the 6 that lost, five were challengers.  Phelps-Finnie was the only incumbent Democrat to lose in Illinois this mid-term election.  Of the 5 remaining, three were political long shots downstate and two were near losses in the suburbs.  Of the 22 endorsed House Democrats that won, most were not facing serious challenge.  The narrowest victories included two races in the Metro East area, and the remainder of the close races were in the suburbs. Vocally pro-law enforcement candidate Didech defended a key Democrat seat in southern Lake County.  Bristow protected her seat in the Metro East.  Bob Morgan defended his Democratic seat in the northern suburbs. Halpin was reelected in the Quad Cities, the last state level democrat in that area. 

    The results of this year’s midterm election represented a significant win for the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police.  Collective bargaining rights will be safer under Governor-elect JB Pritzker and the new General Assembly.  There will continue to be challenges with a myriad of police-related issues. 

    Nov 07, 2018

       November Legislative Update

          By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Wednesday, November 7, 2018

         The final election results in several key races remain undecided this morning after the election, but the general outcomes are that Democrats won nearly every contested seat in State government. 

        In the gubernatorial race, incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner conceded defeat less than an hour after the polls closed.  Soon after, the Republican Attorney General candidate conceded to Democrat Kwame Raoul. All other statewide Democrat candidates won re-election.  No Republicans in Illinois hold statewide office.

        The Illinois Senate has long been a super majority Democrat.  Last night the Senate Democrats increased that supermajority by at least 2, and likely by three. They defended their one contested downstate race (Aud Crowe) and picked up 2-3 seats in the suburbs by beating incumbents Rooney and Nybo. After all votes are counted, it's possible they beat Connelly in Naperville.

        The Illinois House was more balanced between Democrats and Republicans going into the election, with Democrats holding a simple majority in that chamber.  After last night the Democrats increased their majority to a veto-proof supermajority.  Several races in the House are not yet declared, but the Democrats picked up at least 6 and possibly 8 new seats.  The House Democrats were walking into the election with a couple pickups all but guaranteed. All Democrat gains were in the suburbs and they did lose one seat downstate seat.

        The biggest impact of last night will be the switch to a progressive Democrat Governor from a conservative Republican and the Illinois House becoming a Democrat veto-proof supermajority.  Based on the new Democrats in both the Senate and particularly the House, both caucuses will be more progressive in 2019.
    May 04, 2018

       May Legislative Update

          By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Friday, May 4, 2018

    From: Leinenweber, Baroni and Daffada

    Last week was the deadline for substantive bills to move out of their chamber of origin. This means that all Senate Bills must be out of the Senate and all House Bills must be out of the House. This deadline is less set-in-stone than other similar deadlines, and already the Senate has placed nearly 100 bills on the extension list. The Senate is returning this week, where the House is out this week, which means that the Senate has an extra week to handle this deadline. After this week, there are 4 weeks left of session. So far, there are about 200 House bills in the Senate that have passed over this year, and just shy of 300 Senate bills passed to the House this year. Many of these are duplicates of each other or are “vehicle” bills that do not actually change any laws but are being used for some future amendment if the need arises. The two tasks left for the General Assembly in the next four weeks will be the final passage of these few hundred bills and the start and passage of a budget.

    The legislators responsible for budget negotiations have been meeting with representatives from the Governor’s office, but at this point nothing has been said publicly. Despite the myriad of reasons to pass a budget, it seems unlikely that a budget will be passed. Animosity between the Governor and the Democratic Leaders has not improved, and the General Assembly has learned that the State can survive not having a budget. It would be important to the Governor to sign a budget this year, to combat the campaign allegations that he has not accomplished anything. It would also be useful for the Democratic Majority Leaders to pass a budget so there are less problems if Pritzker wins.

    Legislative Update:

    HB 5231 passed the House unanimously. This legislation prohibits an employer from requiring a FOID card as a condition of employment. The City of Chicago opposed the legislation but did not pull off any votes. The legislation continues to the Senate where we will fight for passage.

    HB 4701 which fixes a pension oversight narrowly passed the House. The legislation clarifies that any police officer who started prior to January 1, 2011 is a Tier 1 member, regardless if they switch pension funds after their start date from IMRF to a downstate police pension fund. The legislation continues to the Senate where it will have a tough fight for passage.

    Two items of legislation affecting school resource officers were ultimately amended to remove our opposition. HB 4208 tried to remove school district finances for school resource officers and divert the money to social work programs. The bill was amended to not divert any funding, but merely provide additional grants for school social workers. SB 2925 essentially eliminated school resource officers through burdensome requirements but was amended to require additional training of new school resource officers, consistent with what ILETSB is doing. Both bills passed.

    SB 3509 removes an exception for Chicago on the use of quotas. This will make the entire state quota free. The legislation passed the Senate unanimously and will continue in the House.

    Mar 21, 2018

       Primary Election Results

          By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    From Leinenweber, Baroni and Daffada

    Yesterday’s primary was generally very good for the FOP endorsed candidates.  Of the 18 endorsed candidates, 3 did not have primaries, 4 lost and 11 won.  In addition, although the FOP did not endorse candidates for constitutional office, the Democratic candidates for Governor and Attorney General, Pritzker and Raoul, were labor endorsed candidates and are the best-case scenario for the FOP.

    Brian Stewart, John D’Amico and Marc Bell did not have primaries.  Dan Burke and David Reis both lost.  Dan Burke’s loss was a big negative for the FOP, but it was not a surprise.  The candidate is a long serving incumbent whose district has had a huge demographic change since Burke was first elected.  The district is 75% Hispanic now, and he was challenged by a Hispanic candidate.  Reis was the one pick up for Proft and Uhlien who spent over $5 million on a variety of candidates.  Despite the defeat of Reis, who supported the recent tax increase, Proft and Uhlien suffered general losses across the board, and were two of the biggest losers overall.  This was made most clear with Durkin’s decisive defeat of Straub, as taking out Durkin was a key point of the Proft plan.  Silverstein also lost a brutal primary defending his Democratic North Suburban seat.  He was defeated by an SEIU member who is a progressive Democrat and he will be the next Senator after the General. Nic Zito also lost.  He was running against a Proft backed candidate to replace Fortner in DuPage County.

    The endorsed candidates overall had relatively strong victories.  Martwick and Rita were two House Democrat incumbents who both had huge victories in defending their seats.  Dan Didtech is running to keep Representative Sente’s seat Democrat, and he had a clear victory in his Lake County District.  Lance Yednock, a generally labor supported candidate, won in his effort to beat Republican Long in Ottawa.  Terri Bryant, Norrine Hammond, C.D. Davidsmeyer and Dan Brady all defended themselves against Proft backed candidates trying to take them out in House Republican Primaries.  While these races started out close, they all ended up decisive victories.  Andrew Chesney and Eddie Corrigan both defended House Republican seats as new candidates and both beat Proft supported candidates. 

    While there were ultimately no upsets in the Governor’s race, it was the most compelling race of the primary, in both parties.  Pritzker beat expectations and won with a larger margin than any experts predicted, beating both Kennedy who slightly underperformed and Biss who beat expectations.  Pritzker’s race was one of the first races to be called.  Rauner, in contrast, faced a much narrower reelection than was expected against challenger Ives.  The race was not ultimately decided until late in the evening.  This was important, because it showed how vulnerable Rauner is going into the General Election.  Pritzker received near double the votes in the primary than Rauner did.

    The major upset of the night was Kwame Raoul’s win over Pat Quinn.  Both candidates were running as Democratic candidates for Attorney General.  Although former Governor Quinn had numerous negatives, he was positioned to do well because of high name recognition in an 8-way primary.  Kwame was able to message effectively in the last weeks before the primary, and ultimately carried the night.  Kwame will face off against Republican Erica Harold in the General Election.

    Jul 18, 2018

       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.

    The Primary election has been hotly contested, but the outcomes will likely be Pritzker winning the Democrat spot and he will more than likely face off against incumbent Rauner in the General Election in November.  Many of the legislative primaries are tighter races.  Other than a few races which are for open seats, these legislative races can generally be characterized as more extreme members of each party challenging moderate counterpoints.  The Illinois Policy Institute is dumping millions of dollars into races to take out any republican who supported the recent tax increase or who is viewed as too moderate.  One example of this is the challenge of Republican House Leader Jim Durkin by Mickey Straub.  Similarly, several Democrats are facing challenges from progressive members of the party.  One such long serving Democrat is Bob Rita, who represents Blue Island.  He is being challenged by Mary Carvlin. The possible outcome of these races will be an erosion of power for the traditional Democrat and Republican party leadership as new, more independent legislators come into office.

    HB 4271 allows auxiliary officers for counties to live outside the county in which they are acting as auxiliaries.  The legislation moved out of Committee, but the sponsor has agreed to hold the bill on 2nd reading.

    SB 3177 is a bill that fixes an issue with Tier I officers who work for a community with less than 5,000 population who are in an IMRF covered position.  The legislation makes it clear that they remain Tier I when the municipality creates a downstate police pension fund.  The legislation is assigned to committee and will be heard in the first week of April.

    SB 3415 removes the sunset date for the long existing requirement to collect racial data on individuals who are stopped, and the recently created requirement to collect racial data on pedestrian stops.  We are involved in ongoing discussions on the bill, which is currently in committee. 

    Mar 05, 2018

       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.

    The main policy debate of last week was legislation dealing with various aspects of gun control.  This issue soared into the political spotlight after the recent school shooting in Florida and the loss of a law enforcement officer in Chicago.  All the legislation dealing with this issue passed the House last week, all with at least some bi-partisan support. The other issue that does not seem to be diminishing in headline value is the issue of sexual harassment claims against various Madigan staffers.  Madigan, who is ultimately responsible for hundreds of employees both as the Speaker of the House and as Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, has had two top level campaign staff persons accused of harassment.  This immediately sent the Speaker’s operation into a defensive tail spin, and Madigan has not yet fully gained control of the situation.  Madigan has tried to deal with the situation by increasing communication with both members of his caucus and with the press, a move that is somewhat unusual for the political veteran.  Despite his best efforts, Madigan is coming across as, at best, out of touch.  This is especially problematic for Speaker loyalists, some of whom are facing primary elections.  The timing probably could not be worse, as early voting for the March 20 primary has already started.

    The primary issues have not changed radically for either party over the past weeks.  Ives is still intent on taking out Rauner and has continued to build steam in her campaign.  She has made it into more and more media and picked up positive press along the way; however, she has too large of a gap to narrow to have much hope of victory.  The Democratic gubernatorial primary has tightened up, but in every poll and in every scenario, Pritzker has remained on top since the beginning.  This is due to the huge financial advantage Pritzker has over Kennedy and Biss, and the organization and professional staff that type of financial advantage can buy.  The overcrowded 8-way Democratic race to replace Lisa Madigan, the long-standing Attorney General, seems to have tightened to the two leading challengers, Kwame Raoul and Pat Quinn.

    Legislation of Interest:

    • HB 4701 clarifies that an individual who is in IMRF as a law enforcement officer, who gets transferred to a downstate police pension fund is still a Tier 1 member. The legislation has not yet made it out of committee.
    • HB 5114 which combines the language of HB 4701 with a change in the State Universities Retirement System to reinstate the law enforcement benefit for Tier 2 university police. The legislation has not yet made it out of committee. 
    • HB 5350 makes changes to reinstate the alternative formula for tier 2 conservation police. The legislation has not yet made it out of committee.

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