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Appeals panel: North Riverside can't just end CBA to privatize fire department, save big pension bucks

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 4, 2017, 6:21pm

The village of North Riverside has suffered yet another loss in court in its attempt to get out from under what it has called a financial crisis, as a state appeals court has upheld a state labor board’s determination the village could not use that purported crisis as an excuse to avoid a demand by its firefighters’ union to submit to arbitration a dispute over the village’s attempt to privatize fire protection services to save $700,000 per year and offload its pension obligations.

North Riverside mayor laments ruling in fire, police pension case

Taryn Phaneuf Jan. 11, 2017, 1:00pm

The mayor of a small suburban community west of Chicago thinks the village was unfairly “singled out” for underfunding police and fire pensions in the years during the recession when revenue was low.

Appeals panel: N. Riverside can't claim hardship to skirt police, fire pension obligations

Dan Churney Dec. 23, 2016, 10:07am

A Chicago appeals court has ruled a state hearing officer was within his discretion when he decided not to swallow a suburban village's contention it didn't contribute to fire and police pensions, because of financial hardship brought on by the Great Recession and its impacts on the village’s economy.