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(65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-9)
(from Ch. 24, par. 10-2.1-9)
Original appointments; Preferences; Limitation.
(a) The board of fire and police commissioners shall give preference for
original appointment to persons designated in Section 10-2.1-8 whose names
appear on any register of eligibles resulting from an examination for
original entrance in the classified service of the fire and police
departments of any municipality coming under the provisions of this
Division 2.1 by adding to the final grade average which they receive or
will receive as the result of any examination held for original entrance, 5
points. The board shall also give preference to persons eligible under
subsection (b) as provided in that subsection. The numerical result thus
attained shall be applied by the board of fire and police commissioners in
determining the position of such persons on any eligibility list which has been
created as the result of any examination for original entrance for purposes of
preference in certification and appointment from such eligibility list. The
board shall strike off the names of candidates for original appointment after
such names have been on the list for more than 2 years.
(b) All persons who, on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act
of 1993, have been paid-on-call certified firefighters II, paramedics, or any
combination of those capacities, of the municipality shall be awarded 0.5 point
for each year of successful service in one or more of those capacities, up to a
maximum of 5 points at the time of examination for original appointment to the
classified service of the fire department. Certified firefighters III shall be
awarded one point per year up to a maximum of 5 points. Applicants from
outside the municipality who were employed as full-time firefighters or
firefighter-paramedics by a fire protection district or another municipality
for at least 2 years shall have the same preference as paid-on-call personnel.
These additional points presuppose a rating scale totalling 100 points
available for the eligibility list. If more or fewer points are used in the
rating scale for the eligibility list, the points awarded under this subsection
shall be increased or decreased by a factor equal to the total possible points
available for the examination divided by 100.
No person entitled to additional points under this subsection shall be
required to claim that preference or credit before an examination
is held. The preference shall be given after the posting or publication of the
eligibility list. To qualify for the preference, applicants who are eligible
for credit under this subsection shall make a claim for that credit, in
writing, within 10 days after the posting of the eligibility list, or the claim
shall be deemed waived. Upon request by the board of fire and police
commissioners, the governing body of the municipality or (in the case of
applicants from outside the municipality) the governing body of any fire
protection district or any other municipality shall certify to the board of
fire and police commissioners, within 10 days of the request, the number of
years of successful paid-on-call service of any person. A candidate may not
receive preference points under this subsection if the amount of points awarded
would place the candidate before a veteran on the eligibility list.
(Source: P.A. 88-440.)