Daily Dispatch: Illinois News
Mount Prospect hopes to reduce fire station costs
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 11:40:26 -0800
As work on Mount Prospect's new fire station shifts from design to construction, the cost of building the headquarters at 111 E. Rand Road may be exceeding early estimates. Although a final construction budget isn't expected until March, initial forecasts are putting the project about $433,000 over budget, according to Mark Rysavy, the village's deputy director of building and inspection services.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 11:40:26 AM - SOURCE: Illinois Daily Herald
City of Batavia Fire Department puts automatic CPR machine into action
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:16:57 -0800
With $15,000 in funding provided by the local Firefighters Union 3436 and the Benevolent Association, the Batavia Fire Department purchased a Lucas Automatic CPR machine to assist in lifesaving measures for people experiencing cardiac arrest. The unit is designed to fit any patient and is transportable.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 7:16:57 AM - SOURCE: Batavia, City of
Plainfield Fire Protection District Receives Grant for Cyanide Poisoning Treatment
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:57:49 -0800
The Plainfield Fire Protection District received a $1,000 grant from Illinois American Water to purchase Cyanokits for treatment of cyanide poisoning. The kits will be used to treat people exposed to cyanide through smoke inhalation. Cyanide poisoning may disable the body’s ability to use oxygen and without treatment death can result within minutes of exposure.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 1:57:49 PM - SOURCE: WJOL-AM 1340
Chicago mayor pushes public pension fix to City Council, including legalized marijuana, casino, constitutional amendment
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800
Mayor Rahm Emanuel immediately faced stiff resistance Wednesday to a key pillar of the proposal he’s hoping will cement his status as the guy who responsibly took on Chicago’s crushing public pension debt. Emanuel delivered a City Hall speech calling for a state constitutional amendment to allow a reduction in public workers’ pension benefits, an idea several high-profile candidates to follow him in office ripped and new Democratic Gov.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
Geneva buys new fire engine for $618K
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 08:33:27 -0800
Aldermen recommended approval to buy a new fire department engine for $618,423 at Committee of the Whole Dec. 10. The Pierce Enforcer Fire Engine, from Global Emergency Products in Aurora, will replace Engine 209, which is more than 28 years old and currently in reserve status, officials said. The new engine will go into front line service at Station No.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 8:33:27 AM - SOURCE: Kane County Chronicle
Semi driver dies in Elgin crash that closed Route 20 for 8 hours
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:18:54 -0800
An Elgin man died after the semi he was driving struck a light pole on Route 20 in the northwest suburb early Wednesday morning. Police and firefighters responded to a report of a crash just before 5 a.m. on Route 20 near Nesler Road. Police said the 34-year-old man driving the truck veered off the road before hitting the light pole and taking down some wires.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 2:18:54 PM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
Decatur firefighters respond to overnight vacant structure fire
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 07:12:21 -0800
The Decatur Fire Department is investigating an overnight fire. Crews responded to a fire near 500 East Center Street around 1:30 AM Thursday morning. Firefighters say the structure was vacant and no one was hurt. If you know anything about the fire you are asked to call the Decatur Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 7:12:21 AM - SOURCE: WAND-TV NBC Channel 17
How suburban fire chiefs collect both pensions and paychecks
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:43:26 -0800
Mitch Crocetti's job pays pretty well, but his old job pays him even better. The Pingree Grove & Countryside Fire Protection District chief receives $117,500 a year in his current role, but his pension after his previous 30-year career with the Wood Dale Fire Department also pays him $124,037 annually.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 3:43:26 AM - SOURCE: Illinois Daily Herald
Wounded Rockford war veteran awarded new car by Rockford firefighter's union
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:19:53 -0800
Ryan Curry is an Iraq veteran who does charity work through his group "Beneath the Beard," which was formed to help military veterans with PTSD. On Tuesday, some of Curry's colleagues from the Rockford firefighter's union invited him out to Old Chicago for lunch. "I was getting a hold of some other people with the fundraising things we were doing, and a police officer came in and said someone had hit my car," said a surprised Curry.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 5:19:53 PM - SOURCE: WTVO/WQRF-TV Rockford
Two homes destroyed by fire in Cairo
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:36:00 -0800
Flames destroyed two homes in Cairo. The fire started in one home early Tuesday morning and it spread to another before crews were able to put it out. No one was inside either home at the time but the fire is a set-back for a man trying to setup his business. "I can say I'm thankful to be alive. I made it out OK," William McMillen said.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 5:36:00 PM - SOURCE: WSIL-TV ABC 3
Accidental basement fire displaces Streator family
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:44:42 -0800
Fire officials have determined a basement fire that damaged a Streator home on Tuesday was an accident. The four residents had gotten out of the house by the time Streator firefighters arrived around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, but the family's hamsters did not survive the smoke. The American Red Cross assisted at the scene and is helping the family.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 12:44:42 AM - SOURCE: Bloomington-Normal Pantagraph
Bradley names interim fire chief
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 06:16:41 -0800
Only two days after Bradley Fire Chief Jim Travis retired, an interim chief has been appointed. The Bradley Village Board approved the appointment of Jim Eggert as interim chief. He is expected to be on duty by early- to mid-January, Mayor Bruce Adams said. His initial contract will be for six months, where he will earn $66,000.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 6:16:41 AM - SOURCE: Kankakee Daily Journal
2 Injured in House Fire on Chicago's South Side
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 03:53:30 -0800
Two people were seriously hurt in a fire on Chicago's South Side early Tuesday, authorities said. Firefighters rescued the victims, both adults, from a burning home in the city's West Englewood neighborhood. The fire began at around 12:15 a.m. in a one-and-a-half story home in the 6300 block of South Bell Avenue, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 3:53:30 AM - SOURCE: NBC Chicago
Questions Linger Months After White Firefighter Pulls Gun On Black Man In Bridgeport
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:33:42 -0800
A 911 recording released to CBS 2 reveals a white firefighter calling police to report he had drawn a firearm on a black man he believed to be breaking into a vehicle in the Bridgeport neighborhood on Aug. 24. The man taken down by the firefighter, Jermayne Smith, claims he falsely identified himself as a police officer as he was out running errands on that late-summer night.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 5:33:42 PM - SOURCE: CBS Chicago
No one injured in fire in Naperville Monday night
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 04:52:36 -0800
A fire that damaged a two-story, multifamily building on the 1100 block of Tennyson Lane in Naperville remains under investigation, authorities said. Firefighters were dispatched to the area at about 8:19 a.m. for a report of smoke inside one of the units, authorities said. Fire was discovered in the basement and extinguished by firefighters, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 4:52:36 AM - SOURCE: Illinois Daily Herald
Decatur firefighters give the gift of Christmas
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:33:18 -0800
Four-year-old Kelsey Mize has her eyes on very specific gifts this year. From Frozen to Minnie Mouse to a new coat, she knows exactly what she wants. Kelsey and Mike Smith just met Monday night. Smith, a firefighter, guided her through the store, picking up one gift after another. "It's always humbling," Smith said.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 8:33:18 PM - SOURCE: WAND-TV NBC Channel 17
Buncombe fire departments battle dwindling volunteers, funds
Sat, 08 Dec 2018 19:43:13 -0800
Buncombe Fire Chief Jason Grant doesn’t like relying on other departments to help him protect his tiny town, but he has no other choice. He and 10 other trained volunteers are responsible for covering 26 square miles of sparsely populated rural Southern Illinois, to the north and west of Vienna. By day, his guys work other jobs, many far away from Buncombe.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2018 7:43:13 PM - SOURCE: TheSouthern.com
By retiring, Chicago fire commissioner avoided discipline over his driver’s racial slur
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:13:52 -0800
When Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose A. Santiago retired in August, he was facing disciplinary action from Mayor Rahm Emanuel for failing to file a complaint against his driver, who used the N-word while joking with the fire department’s press secretary, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 5:13:52 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
Illinois American Water presents grant to Warrenville Fire Department
Sat, 08 Dec 2018 03:51:49 -0800
The Warrenville Fire Protection District will be purchasing new water handling equipment, and fire suppression and supply hoses thanks to a grant from Illinois American Water. The IAW 2018 Firefighter Grant Program provides financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities in its service areas.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2018 3:51:49 AM - SOURCE: Illinois Daily Herald
Harvard Fire Protection District chief and deputy chief suspended
Sat, 08 Dec 2018 06:19:59 -0800
As the dust settled on months of infighting throughout the Harvard Fire Protection District, Harvard Fire Chief Steve Harter and Deputy Fire Chief Don Davidson were slapped with suspensions. The punishment stemmed from a letter sent in June that called the recent conduct of trustee and board secretary Joe Clarke “unprofessional” and “hostile.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2018 6:19:59 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Herald
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