Cunningham FloorSPRINGFIELD – Chicago police officers would face fewer barriers to accessing certain benefits under legislation sponsored by State Senator Bill Cunningham that was signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker today.

Under current law, the board of trustees for the PABF can issue a denial of the continuance of a duty or occupational disability benefit for a member. Members can appeal the denial, but the cost of litigating the appeal can be a heavy burden.

House Bill 2470 would require the Policeman’s Annuity Benefit Fund of Chicago (PABF) to pay court costs, litigation expenses and reasonable attorney fees for members who were unfairly denied duty or occupational disability benefits.

“Officers earn these benefits over the course of years of putting themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs. “We need to ensure that they are properly rewarded for their service.”

The PABF may still strip an officer of benefits if an officer intentionally and unjustifiably delays proceedings and is ultimately convicted of a felony related to his or her service.

House Bill 2470 will go into effect January 1, 2020.

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Hiring Event 9.19ORLAND PARK – Area employers and staffing agencies will have the opportunity to connect with jobseekers during an Orland Park hiring event Thursday, September 26.

State Sen. Bill Cunningham and State Rep. Fran Hurley co-present the hiring fair, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 S. Ravinia Ave.

“There’s a lot of economic opportunity in the southwest suburbs and plenty of qualified individuals ready to take advantage of it,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs.

Hiring preference will be given to veterans for the first half hour of the event.

In previous years, jobseekers had the chance to explore careers with companies in various sectors, including construction, hospitality, sales, retail, health care, state government, trucking and transportation, manufacturing, clerical, industrial and more.

“Our goal is link as many employers as possible with qualified candidates regardless of what sector they’re in,” Cunningham said. “This hiring event provides employers with a chance to interact with these individuals and make needed additions to their staffs.”

Jobseekers and employers are asked to register in advance at www.senatorbillcunningham.com. For more information, contact Cunningham’s district office at 773-445-8128.

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CapitalSPRINGFIELD – New legislation sponsored by State Senator Bill Cunningham and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker would crack down on public indecency and sexual misconduct in jails.

Under Senate Bill 416, if a defendant is found guilty of an administrative infraction related to public indecency or sexual misconduct while in jail it will be an aggravating factor in the defendant’s sentencing.

“There’s no excuse for this sort of behavior in jails and we need to start taking these offenses seriously and impose real consequences for them,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs. “This measure will provide a serious deterrent to prevent these infractions and make our jails safer both for inmates and jail personnel.”

The measure will go into effect January 1, 2020.

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05172019CM0038SPRINGFIELD – First responders will be able to more effectively reach and treat overdose patients under new legislation sponsored by State Senator Bill Cunningham signed into law by the governor.

Senate Bill 1258 allows require emergency medical technicians in Chicago to report treatment of an individual experiencing a suspected or actual opioid overdose to the city for use in the Overdose Detection Mapping Application (ODMAP), developed by the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

“People are dying every day from overdoses and we need new tools to help combat this crisis,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs.

The ODMAP provides real-time overdose data throughout an area to mobilize an immediate response to an overdose spike. Each suspected overdose is plotted to a map that allows local officials to identify trends and develop strategies to more effectively respond to overdoses.

“This technology will be incredibly effective in improving overdose response time and fostering the development of new approaches that authorities use to fight the opioid crisis,” Cunningham said. “I feel confident that after we implement this program, we’ll see a lot more lives saved and a lot more people seeking help for their addiction.”

Senate Bill 1258 will take effect immediately.

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