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On April 15, 2011, in Pension, by TSR-Law

This year’s elections for active member and beneficiary representatives should be held on April 18th this year (3rd Monday in April). Any newly elected or appointed pension trustees begin their terms on the second Tuesday in May (10th). 40 ILCS 5/1-109-3(a) states in part that: “…all elected and appointed trustees under Article 3 and Article […]

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. […]

Intervention Petitions and Due Process Concerns for Firefighter Pension Funds

On October 21, 2010, in Administrative Law, Pension, by TSR-Law

The Illinois Appellate Court recently decided the case of Williams vs. Board of Trustees of Morton Grove Firefighters Pension Board, 398 Ill.App.3d 680 (1st Dist. 2010).  In this case, the Court addressed two important concepts that frequently come up in adjudicating firefighter disability claims, Intervention and Due Process. Firefighters Darren Williams applied for a line […]

Radja Obtains 2.2 Million Dollar Verdict for Willow Springs Police Officers

On September 22, 2010, in Discipline Defense Law, Law, Pension, Police Law, Police Officers, by TSR-Law

After deliberating for approximately six hours over two days, a Federal Jury found that former Willow Springs Officers were wrongfully terminated. The Jury awarded Officers Bobby Sims and Phillip Wiseman 2.2 million after the two week long jury trial in Federal Court. The Officers were terminated in 2002 in violation of their First Amendment and […]

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 […]

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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