Originally Posted on March 02, 2017
The Lodge has recently been experiencing an influx of phone calls questioning the likelihood or even the existence of a Chicago Casino Bill. In order to respond to our Members' 'inquiring minds' and to also address the inaccuracies that are surfacing as of late; the Chicago Casino Bill (SB 0007) is not only very real, it passed out the Illinois Senate on February 28, 2017!
Shortly before the Bill was called for a vote; the chief sponsor, Senator Terry Link stated: "[some ask] why we give general revenue funds to the city of Chicago to pay for their Police and Fire pensions? Well, guess what? Pass this Bill [and you] won't have to worry about that in the future. For all who continue to ask how will we pay [Chicago Police and Fire] pension benefits; vote for [this Chicago Casino Bill] SB 0007, for that is exactly what it does."
Another large shout out must go to Chicago Lodge 7 lobbyists Andy Raucci and Dave Sullivan for their continued professionalism and expertise on behalf of our Membership. The next step is to send the Chicago Casino Bill to the Illinois House of Representatives.
In our typical fashion, as things progress we will keep you posted.
Be Safe & God Bless the Police.
President Dean C. Angelo, Sr.
Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago Lodge #7