Daily Dispatch: Illinois News
Chicago Aldermen Back Property Tax Break For Spouses Of Fallen Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:55:59 -0700
Calling it “just a small token of appreciation,” Chicago aldermen on Thursday gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that would provide a property tax break to the spouses of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics who die in the line of duty. The measure sponsored by Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson (11th) would allow those spouses to apply for a waiver of the city’s portion of their property tax bill for as long as they remain unmarried, and stay in the home where they lived with their wife or husband.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 1:55:59 PM - SOURCE: CBS 2 Chicago News
Report: Downstate police, fire pension funds should be consolidated
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:52:59 -0700
Hundreds of downstate and suburban pension funds should be consolidated to improve investment returns and ease the burden on local property taxes, a state task force recommended Thursday. The report from the Illinois Pension Consolidation Feasibility Task Force only made recommendations for 649 local police and fire pension systems scattered around the state.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 5:52:59 PM - SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star
Man, 54, found dead in Bolingbrook house fire
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 14:40:28 -0700
A man died in a house fire Thursday morning in southwest suburban Bolingbrook, according to police. A neighbor called about 6:50 a.m. to report smoke coming from a single-family home in the 400 block of Navajo Court, according to Bolingbrook Police Lt. Anthony Columbus. Firefighters and police offices arrived and found smoke coming from the home's kitchen, Columbus said.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 2:40:28 PM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
2 taken to hospital following crash in Decatur
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 18:46:57 -0700
The Decatur Fire Department and Decatur Police Department were on scene of a traffic crash on Thursday afternoon. A WAND-TV crew was on the scene and saw a Jeep Compass and a sedan were involved in the crash at Main Street and Garfield. It happened around 3:15 p.m. Firefighters told the station two adults went to a hospital for evaluation.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 6:46:57 PM - SOURCE: WAND-TV NBC Channel 17
Chicago firefighter punched while responding to domestic-related situation
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:47:24 -0700
An on-duty firefighter was punched several times while responding to a domestic-related incident on the South Side, according to Chicago police. The attack occurred Wednesday morning in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood near the 8300 block of S. Racine. Chicago police said a 25-year-old man punched the firefighter several times.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 4:47:24 PM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
South suburban fire departments to receive $1.2 million in federal grants
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:49:11 -0700
South suburban fire departments, including Calumet City and Homewood, will share in federal grants totaling more than $1.2 million, according to U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Matteson. This is the third round of grants awarded to south suburban fire departments. This latest round brings a total of $3.2 million in federal funds to 19 south suburban fire departments, according to Kelly’s office.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 10:49:11 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune - Metered Site
Freeport fire chief acclimates himself to a new leadership role
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 10:40:00 -0700
Since taking on the role of fire chief for the Freeport Fire Department in July, Brad Liggett is quickly acclimating himself to overseeing operations of a busy fire department. Liggett states, “We have to set to work on some critical projects for the Freeport Fire Department. We have needs for operational safety, code enforcement, communications, personnel and succession planning.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 10:40:00 AM - SOURCE: Freeport Journal-Standard
Niles Fire Chief Proposes Increase In Ambulance Fees
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:06:54 -0700
When people call 911 for ambulance service in Niles, their insurance company is charged a fee. Niles officials are considering changing that fee after Fire Chief Marty Feld proposed increasing those fees to insurance companies. Feld’s proposal, made at the village’s Sept. 13 public safety committee meeting, is to set a flat $1.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 1:06:54 PM - SOURCE: Journal & Topics Newspapers Online
Des Plaines Firefighters Respond To Gas Main Break In Neighborhood Near Cumberland Circle
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 01:41:46 -0700
Des Plaines Fire Dept. crews responded to a natural gas leak today (Wednesday) at Seventh Avenue and Yale Court, near the Cumberland Circle roundabout. According to Fire Chief Alan Wax, crews were dispatched to the scene at 1:39 p.m. and arrived at 1:45 p.m. to handle the outdoor gas leak. He said a gas main was struck and fumes were blowing into the air.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 1:41:46 AM - SOURCE: Journal & Topics Newspapers Online
Fire safety taught to Decatur preschoolers
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:38:30 -0700
More than 250 people died and 100,000 people were homeless after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. It burned from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, and it's why Fire Prevention Week is commemorated each year. WAND News stopped by the Decatur Fire Department to share how firefighters are passing on fire safety knowledge to the next generation.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 2:38:30 PM - SOURCE: WAND-TV NBC Channel 17
Driver hits fire vehicle at scene of fire response in Decatur
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 18:46:39 -0700
Someone speeding in the area of a fire response hit the side of a fire vehicle, firefighters said. Crews were called at 2:51 p.m. Tuesday to a boarded-up, three story commercial structure at 1891 N. Water St. Flames had started at an area along the back of the structure at the roof line, and responders had the fire under control in about 20 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 6:46:39 PM - SOURCE: WAND-TV NBC Channel 17
Woodford County: Boy, 9, facing 5 murder charges in deadly fire
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 01:50:29 -0700
A 9-year-old boy accused of causing a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. The juvenile also was charged with two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson. The April 6 fire killed a 1-year-old, two 2-year-olds, a 34-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman at Timberline Mobile Home Park near the village of Goodfield.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 1:50:29 AM - SOURCE: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Follow Up: Aurora's Iconic Lincoln Masonic Temple Burns Down
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 15:57:13 -0700
We’re getting a closer look at the devastating damage done to an historic building in Aurora, where hours later it is still smoking. Only charred remains exist of the Lincoln Masonic Temple. Firefighters said it’s not safe at this point. They said it could collapse at any point. Five stories and 50,000 square-feet now charred.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 3:57:13 PM - SOURCE: CBS 2 Chicago
Northbrook fire chief not so concerned about cannabis dispensaries in village
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 13:05:41 -0700
While the Northbrook fire chief says he doesn’t foresee any particular safety concerns with cannabis dispensaries should they be allowed in the village in the coming months, the police chief says the businesses could potentially draw crime to the area. “The dispensary will offer for sale a desired product that is just now undergoing a transition from an underground, illegal distribution system to a state sanctioned commercial sale model,” Northbrook Police Department Chief Roger Adkins wrote in a letter to village staff.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 1:05:41 PM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune - Metered Site
Harvard fire district eyeing partnership with accounting firm
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 23:00:31 -0700
After the departure of Harvard Fire Protection District Administrative Assistant Jeri Loiselle, the district’s board of trustees is considering a partnership with a public accounting firm to perform administrative and financial services. The board heard a presentation from Naperville-based Lauterbach and Amen LLP – which provides administrative services for dozens of Illinois police pension boards and fire departments – during its Tuesday meeting.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 11:00:31 PM - SOURCE: Northwest Herald
Newly retired St. Charles Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet honored at City Council meeting
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 20:48:59 -0700
Newly retired St. Charles Fire Chief Joe Schelstreet was honored at the Oct. 7 St. Charles City Council meeting for his many years of service to the city. After being with the department for more than 30 years, Schelstreet retired on Oct. 4. Schelstreet served as acting fire chief in 2012 before stepping into the chief role permanently in 2013.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 8:48:59 PM - SOURCE: Kane County Chronicle
Fire destroys historic Masonic temple in downtown Aurora
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 04:48:28 -0700
The abandoned Lincoln Masonic Temple in Aurora has been destroyed by a fire that broke out Monday night. The longtime historic landmark in downtown Aurora hasn't been used in over 10 years. The fire broke out after 10 p.m. in the 100-block of Lincoln Avenue. As fire crews work to put out the massive blaze, residents in the area were asked to stay back.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 4:48:28 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
Fire under Chicago's Lake Shore Drive bridge burns for hours, disrupting traffic
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 14:36:59 -0700
Firefighters worked for hours Monday to extinguish a burning wooden piling at a construction site under a Lake Shore Drive bridge downtown. A construction worker’s blowtorch had set fire to a piling about 10:45 a.m. near the base of the bridge in the Chicago River, according to Chicago Fire Dept. spokesman Larry Merritt.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 2:36:59 PM - SOURCE: WFLD-TV MyFox 32 Chicago
Franklin County receives funding for hazardous material preparedness
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 18:42:13 -0700
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) received more than $600,000 to support Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness. Some of that money has been awarded to counties in southern Illinois. Director of Franklin County Emergency Management, Ryan M. Buckingham says, "There are hundreds of vehicles that travel this interstate on a daily basis that have hazardous materials on board so the risk for HAZMAT emergency is pretty big.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 6:42:13 PM - SOURCE: WSIL-TV ABC 3
Wheel from helicopter mover crashes through Lynwood family's roof, leaves gaping hole
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 20:39:42 -0700
A Lynwood family was stunned when a wheel from a helicopter came crashing through the roof and ceiling of their home, leaving a hole so big rain came right into the house. No one was injured. The home is located near the airport in Lansing. Linda Taylor-Whitt said the impact must have caused an enormous sound, but none of her neighbors heard it.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 8:39:42 PM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
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