Senator Mulroe in a committee hearingState Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago) is disappointed that the governor vetoed yet another measure to support firefighters. The governor recently vetoed House Bill 688, which addresses a pension issue for firefighters that worked outside of Chicago and then transferred to the Chicago Fire Department. This marks the third pro-firefighter piece of legislation that the governor has vetoed in the past 18 months.

“Firefighters that have served in communities outside of Chicago should be able to transfer their pension contributions from their previous fund to their current pension fund,” Mulroe said.

House Bill 688 allows active firefighters to transfer up to 10 years of creditable service from the Downstate Firefighter Pension Fund to the Firemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago. Active firefighters would also be able to transfer up to six years of creditable service from a police pension fund to a firefighters’ pension if both funds are administered by the same unit of local government. These transfers must occur within six months of this legislation going into effect.  

Last year, the governor vetoed Senate Bill 440, a measure Mulroe sponsored to support widows, widowers and family members of Chicago police officers, firefighters, and paramedics that die in the line of duty. The legislature took action and overrode the governor’s veto. The legislature also overrode the governor’s veto of a measure to refinance Chicago’s police and fire pension funds last year.

“I will support Senator Cunningham’s efforts to override the governor’s misguided veto of House Bill 688,” Mulroe said. “It is time to do what’s right for those who risk their lives to protect our communities.”

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