February 24, 2011
There has been a
great deal of concern from our members regarding
comments that Rahm Emmanuel made during his Mayoral
campaign. During discussions with the Lodge, Mr.
Emmanuel stated that he does not have any intention
of diminishing any benefits already earned by our
Members who have not
yet retired should not draw any inferences from his
statement. All members benefits, retired and active,
cannot be diminished as they are protected under
Chapter 13 of the Illinois Constitution.
Mr. Emmanuel has
since backed off of these earlier comments now
saying that he will discuss the pension problems
with the unions that are involved. The Lodge intends
to meet with Mr. Emmanuel to discuss the issues in
the near future.
FOP Online Gift Shop
The FOP Online Gift
Shop is now open. Members can access the Gift Shop
by clicking on the yellow Online Gift Shop tab
displayed on all pages of the FOP Website.
This is a completely
new secure site with its own web
www.fop7giftshop.com . Members who were
registered in the old Gift Shop will have to
register as a new user in the new Gift Shop or shop
as a guest.
Please take a look at
the new site. Merchandise will be added as it
Beretta 92D Safety Alert
The Lodge was recently
contacted by a Member regarding his Beretta 92D duty weapon which was not
operational when he attended the annual qualifications at the Area Range.
examination of the weapon was made and the range officers recommended the
Officer bring the gun to a gunsmith.
The Beretta 92D duty weapon was brought to a local gunsmith who conducted a
thorough examination and discovered that the weapons extractor was an incorrect
part that was designed for a 92FS Beretta semi auto pistol.
The gunsmith replaced the extractor with the correct part and test fired
the weapon on the range it now fired and operated properly.
The Lodge is urging all officers that have had their Beretta duty weapons
serviced within the past year and have not yet fired the weapon to test fire
them immediately at the range.
there is a problem with the weapon, please contact: Len Lucas c/o Beretta at 301-283-2191 Extension 1372
Someone Finally Gets It
William Atwood is the
Executive Director of the Illinois State Board of
Investment. Today, he authored an article that was
printed in the Chicago SunTimes.
article will allay some of the fears our members
have expressed regarding the safety of our pension.
More importantly it may educate the public about the
supposedly "free money" we get when we retire from a
job few will accept.
Please take a few
moments to read this important article.
Atwood Pension Article.
Election Endorsements Update
The Board of Directors of Chicago Lodge #7 made a
unanimous choice to endorse a Mayoral Candidate Gery
Chico in the upcoming election.
The Board of Directors of Chicago Lodge #7
also unanimously voted to endorse Susana A. Mendoza for City
Clerk of Chicago in the upcoming Municipal
Election that will be held on February 22, 2011.
The Board also endorsed the following
candidates for Alderman in the same election.
Members should keep in mind that some candidates did
not request the endorsement of the Lodge.
Aldermanic Endorsement List
Chicago Firefighter Lieutenant Eddie Reed was also
endorsed for the Aldermanic spot in the 9th ward.
His name was not included on the endorsement list or
FOP Newsletter as this endorsement was made after it
went to publication.
FOP Election Information
Ballots for the 2011
FOP Lodge #7 election were mailed out on Friday,
February 4, 2011. Completed ballots must be received
at the post office by close of business March 3,
Any member who does
not receive a ballot or spoils their ballot may vote
in person at the Lodge on Friday, March 4, 2011 from
9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
There have been
questions as to whether a voter needs to make a
selection for each and every office. Members have
the option to vote for as little as one candidate on
the ballot or vote for the maximum number of
candidates allowed for each office. A ballot will be
considered ineligible if it contains
more than the maximum number of
votes allowed for a particular office. Please double
check your ballot before mailing.
Death Penalty Legislation
Senate Bill 3539 is a bill that, if signed by
Governor Quinn, will repeal the death penalty in the
State of Illinois. This bill has passed out of the
legislature and is awaiting the Governor's
President Donahue has sent a letter to Governor
Quinn on behalf of the members of the Lodge asking
the Governor to veto this legislation.
Letter to the Governor
The Lodge is imploring all members and their
families to contact the Governor requesting
that he veto this legislation. The most convenient
and effective way to contact the Governor is via
email. Please use the following link to contact
Governor Quinn. Scroll to the bottom of the page and convey your message
to the Governor.
Email Governor Quinn