The Law Office of Thomas S. Radja Jr., Ltd. and The Law Offices of Cary J. Collins, P.C. are proud to announce the formation of a partnership:

COLLINS & RADJA ATTORNEYS AT LAW   When results matter, choose COLLINS  & RADJA …  With over 40 years of experience, Cary J. Collins and Thomas S. Radja are experienced in the area of Fire and Police Pension Law and have litigated cases before the Circuit and Appellate Courts.     Cary J. Collins and Thomas S. […]

Illinois Supreme Court Defines When Injured Police and Firefighters Are Entitled To Payment of Health Insurance Premiums

On January 11, 2011, in Employment benefits, Fire Law, Firefighters, Police Law, Police Officers, by TSR-Law

                The Illinois Supreme Court recently reveresed a decision of the Appellate Court holding that an employee who suffered a career-ending injury was not entitled to payment of his health insurance premium by the employer until such time that he was awarded a line-of-duty disability from the pension fund.                   Police Officer Don Nowak was injured […]

Legislature Makes Changes to Firefighters Pension Code

Firefighter Disability Pension Determination Under the Firefighters’ Pension Code, a firefighter is currently entitled to a disability pension if a disability is established by three physicians and such other evidence as the board deems necessary. 40 ILCS 5/4-112. Senate Bill 1553 amends the Pension Code to provide that the three physicians selected by the board […]

Workers’ Compensation: Brief Overview

On September 22, 2010, in Employment benefits, Fire Law, Police Law, Workers Compensation, by TSR-Law

The purpose of the Workers’ Compensation Act is to provide employee’s with fast, no fault compensation for injuries that arise out of and in the course of employment. In exchange, employers do not have to worry about civil lawsuits resulting from work related injuries. Police officers and firefighters injured during their employment are entitled to […]

News Laws Applicable to Police and Firefighters

On September 22, 2010, in Employment benefits, Fire Law, Law, Police Law, by TSR-Law

New Legislation Adds Ethics Training for Police and Fire Pension Board Trustees The Legislature recently enacted legislation which added a section to the Illinois Pension Code. Specifically, section 1-113.18 of the Illinois Pension Code requires that Pension Board Trustees complete 8 hours per year of ethics training that is certified by the Supreme Court of […]

What you should know about your spouse’s pension benefit

Police Pension Boards Do Not Have Authority to Issue Annual Cost-of-Living Increase to Surviving Spouse of Disabled Officer The Illinois Supreme Court has decided that Police Pension Boards do not have the authority to award annual pension increases to surviving spouses of officers receiving line of duty disability benefits. The decision of the Supreme Court […]

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