Daily Dispatch: Illinois News
Peoria City Council votes to cut fire, police department positions to fill budgetary hole
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 02:44:56 -0800
The Peoria City Council voted 8-3 Tuesday to approve eliminating 22 firefighter and 16 police positions as part of a move to close a $6 million budget hole. Additionally, reductions were made in the city’s community development department. Voting no on the cuts were Beth Jensen, Chuck Grayeb and Jim Montelongo.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 2:44:56 AM - SOURCE: Peoria Journal Star
Long-time Harlem-Roscoe Fire Chief Oscar Presley passes away
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:49:24 -0800
Oscar Presley, a retired fire chief who served with the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District, passed away Tuesday morning. Presley joined the fire department in 1966 and served as the district's fire chief from 1982-2007. The fire district said Presley passed away in his sleep from a Facebook announcement?.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2018 1:49:24 PM - SOURCE: WIFR-TV CBS 23 Rockford
Firefighters from throughout region called to Winnebago pipeline company fire
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:07:15 -0800
Firefighters from throughout the region were called Tuesday afternoon to help battle a fire at a rural Winnebago-area petroleum and natural gas pipeline company, preventing the fire from spreading and potentially triggering an explosion. Win-Bur-Sew Fire Chief Robert Martin said firefighters were called at about 12:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2018 2:07:15 PM - SOURCE: Rockford Register Star
One Person Injured After Massive House Fire in Chicago's Western Suburbs
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:34:31 -0800
A three-story home in the western suburbs went up in flames late Monday evening, injuring one person inside. Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Steve Demas says around 10:45 p.m. Monday evening, a home on Plank Road in unincorporated Lisle caught fire. Flames spread quickly, trapping one of the home’s occupants on the second floor.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2018 5:34:31 PM - SOURCE: Chicago CBS
Nobody injured in apartment building fire on Carbondale's west side
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:37:10 -0800
A structure fire Tuesday at an aging apartment complex at 409 W. Main St. in Carbondale caused heavy damage and is under investigation. Carbondale Fire Chief Mike Hertz said the fire started on the first floor of the building at about 7:30 a.m., with the call to 911 coming in at about 7:35 a.m. He said there were no injuries and did not have a headcount of how many people the fire department evacuated.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2018 4:37:10 PM - SOURCE: TheSouthern.com
South Jacksonville firefighters questioning status amid turmoil
Sat, 10 Nov 2018 04:52:17 -0800
Three South Jacksonville volunteer firefighters are questioning what happens next …. They addressed the South Jacksonville Board of Trustees on Thursday, questioning the status of their jobs after a meeting at the fire department left them questioning what was happening to their positions. Recommended Video Kirk Hoots, Rhi Hoots and Allen McClellan each addressed the board during the open session of its Committee of the Whole to ask about the status of their jobs after they said they were taken into the office during the department’s monthly meeting and given the option to resign or be “Just to confirm, I am fired, right?” Kirk Hoots asked.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2018 4:52:17 AM - SOURCE: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Off-duty officer critically injured in Chicago's Portage Park house fire
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:05:18 -0800
An off-duty Chicago police officer was critically injured in a house fire on Chicago's Northwest Side Monday afternoon. The officer and his dog escaped from the burning home in the 4000-block of North Mason in the Portage Park neighborhood, authorities told ABC7. The officer is in critical condition at Lutheran General Hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation, police said.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 3:05:18 PM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
Williamson County community mourns the loss of fire chief
Sat, 10 Nov 2018 04:27:14 -0800
Pittsburgh community leaders, friends, and coworkers describe the late fire chief, James 'Jim' Merrow, as a sincere and caring man. He passed away unexpectedly Monday at Herrin Hospital. Merrow's friend and co-worker, Steve Gabby said,"It's kind of hard to believe you wouldn't have thought it'd happen that soon and that quick really.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2018 4:27:14 AM - SOURCE: WSIL-TV ABC 3
La Salle house fire draws multiple departments
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:59:41 -0800
One cat was found dead following a Monday afternoon La Salle house fire. Fire departments were called just before 12:30 p.m. to the 1½-story house at 1571 N. Joliet St., La Salle where heavy smoke billowed with flames showing. La Salle fire chief Andy Bacidore said the house was a total loss, but no humans were injured.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 11:59:41 AM - SOURCE: News Tribune (North Central Illinois)
Rockford Police Officers & Firefighters awarded, promoted
Sat, 10 Nov 2018 04:22:30 -0800
Their job is to serve and protect their community and on Friday, several Rockford Police officers were awarded and promoted for doing just that. Two officers received awards while six others were promoted to investigators, sergeants and lieutenants. Officer Bryce Davis received the medal of lifesaving after he was able to stop an infant from choking on an object by performing the Heimlich maneuver, something he said he's never had to do before.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2018 4:22:30 AM - SOURCE: WIFR-TV CBS 23 Rockford
With $4.5 million secured, upgrades at Greater Round Lake Fire District begin
Sat, 10 Nov 2018 02:49:11 -0800
Voters Tuesday overwhelmingly supported the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District's request to borrow $4.5 million to modernize facilities and equipment. Now, the district is putting the money to use. "It really made us feel good and glad the community trusts us," Fire Chief Greg Formica said of the 71.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2018 2:49:11 AM - SOURCE: Illinois Daily Herald
Mayday called after Chicago firefighters trapped inside burning building on South Side
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 07:13:37 -0800
A mayday alert was issued after a vacant apartment in the South Side Gresham neighborhood went up in flames Friday morning, temporarily entrapping a Chicago firefighter and multiple squatters. At 3:15 a.m., an abandoned duplex in the 7800 block of South Sangamon caught on fire after two women lit candles inside, according to Chicago police and Chicago Fire Department district chief Dan Cunningham.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 7:13:37 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
Annette Nance-Holt reflects on journey to be Chicago Fire Department's first black female deputy commissioner
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:36:58 -0800
Annette Nance-Holt has had a busy week since she was appointed First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Fire Department. She is the first black woman to hold the position. "The one thing I hope to bring is for little girls to look at me and say, 'Hey, I can do it,'" she said. "Because I never saw a firefighter when I was a little girl, African-American, and I never saw a woman at all, because there were none when I was a little girl.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 5:36:58 PM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
One person hospitalized with burns after fire destroys Rockford house
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 09:28:41 -0800
Fire caused heavy damage Thursday to a house at 602 Alliance Ave. on the city’s west side. Fire crews arrived at the burning house less than five minutes after the fire was reported at 10 a.m., acting District Chief Kyle Hill said. “When we arrived on scene, there was heavy fire on the front porch and also fire on the inside,” Hill said.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 9:28:41 AM - SOURCE: Rockford Register Star
North Park Fire Districts face budget crunches after defeat of tax proposals
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:52:37 -0800
Fire districts are looking at tight budgets and possible service cutbacks after voters rejected three tax increase proposals on Tuesday. The North Park Fire Protection District asked voters to approve a property tax increase to pay for replacements for aging equipment — a $17,000 expense. The measure was rejected by 56 percent of voters.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 12:52:37 PM - SOURCE: Rockford Register Star
Fire at Wauconda High School causes $30K in damage
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 17:36:55 -0800
A fire on Thursday at Wauconda High School caused an estimated $30,000 in damage and canceled classes. Just before 10 a.m., the fire broke out inside one of the locker rooms at the school, located at 555 N. Main St., according to a release from the Wauconda Fire District. A staff member at the school used a fire extinguisher on the flames before firefighters arrived and was able to put out much of the blaze, authorities said.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 5:36:55 PM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
Evanston aldermen say they can't support fire department cuts, despite expected $7.4M budget shortfall
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 01:40:50 -0800
Evanston aldermen signaled on Monday that they will not approve a proposal to eliminate nine firefighter positions and close and sell one of the city’s five fire stations in an effort to balance the 2019 budget. However, aldermen did ask Evanston fire Chief Brian Scott to think long-term about how the department could reduce costs, as city coffers are not expected to increase significantly anytime soon.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 1:40:50 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
Inside a Real Rescue With the Chicago Fire Department
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 20:35:31 -0800
Picture everything in your building blowing sky high, the ceiling caving in, and everything landing in a jumbled pile. Now, imagine digging through that pile, perhaps multiple stories of debris, to find a gravely injured colleague. Welcome to the world of collapse rescue, which firefighters and paramedics may face at a moment’s notice.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 8:35:31 PM - SOURCE: NBC Chicago
Springfield City Council passes motion to shorten fire department response times
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 03:53:10 -0800
Springfield City Council has passed a measure aimed to reduce fire department response times on the southwest side of Springfield. The Springfield fire chief said response times on the southwest side are as much as double what they are in the rest of the city. The new measure passed Wednesday night will allow firefighters to change stoplights from red to green when they’re on their way to a scene.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 3:53:10 AM - SOURCE: News Channel 20
Voters say 'no' to Pingree Grove fire referendum
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 07:11:26 -0800
For the third consecutive time voters rejected a request from the Pingree Grove & Countryside Fire District to approve borrowing $8.5 million to replace two of its three fire stations. Voters cast 2,910 "no" votes and 2,519 "yes" votes with all precincts reporting Tuesday, according to unofficial results.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 7:11:26 AM - SOURCE: Illinois Daily Herald

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