Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Municipal Code and the Fire Protection District Act. Sets forth alternative procedures for appointments to full-time fire departments. Provides for the creation of a register of eligibles for original appointments to fire departments. Sets forth the requirements for placement on the register of eligibles. Provides that a local commission may also hire from a statewide master register of eligibles for original appointments. Sets forth the requirements for placement on the master register. Provides that no person under 21 years of age shall be eligible for employment as a firefighter. Provides for the award of preference points for eligible persons. Sets forth the procedure for awarding preference points for fire cadet, veteran, paramedic, educational, experience, and residency preferences. Denies home rule powers. Contains other provisions. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 3 Further amends the Illinois Municipal Code and the Fire Protection District Act. Provides that the local appointing authority may prescribe the score to qualify for placement on the final eligibility register, but the score shall not be less than the mean score plus 10%. Specifies that candidates on the master register of eligibles shall be eligible for appointment for 2 years (instead of 3 years) after the date of the certification of their final score on the register without regard to the date of their examination. Makes other changes concerning notice for examinations and placement on the master register of eligibles.
House Floor Amendment No. 4 Further amends the Illinois Municipal Code and the Fire Protection District Act. Makes various preferences in hiring a firefighter optional, rather than required. Adds certified Firefighter III and licensed paramedics to the list of types of employment that may receive preference points based on experience. Sets forth the maximum amount of preference points that may be awarded for previous experience in paid-on-call or part-time service with the same municipality or full-time service with another municipality. Provides that up to 5 additional preference points may be awarded for unique categories based on an applicant's experience or background as identified by the commission. Sets forth the requirements for scoring of preferences.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Further amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that certain Sections concerning appointments to fire departments do not apply to a municipality with more than 1,000,000 inhabitants. Makes corresponding changes.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 3 Further amends the Illinois Municipal Code and the Fire Protection District Act. Provides that an appointing authority has the right to pass over the highest ranking applicant for a firefighter position and appoint either: (i) any person on the list who has a ranking in the top 5% of the list of eligibles or (ii) any person who is among the top 5 highest ranking persons on the list of eligibles if the number of people who have a ranking in the top 5% is less than 5 people, if the authority has reason to conclude that the highest ranking applicant fails to meet the minimum standards or if "the appointing authority believes the alternate candidate would better serve the needs of the department". Sets forth the requirements concerning the scoring of examination components. Provides that appointing authorities may create a preliminary eligible register, and persons who pass the written examination or persons who pass the written examination and the physical ability component shall be placed on the list. Provides that the commission shall rank applicants based on the scores of the mental aptitude test, "subjective component" (instead of physical ability), and preference components of the test. Further provides that a municipality or fire protection district, as applicable, may charge a fee to cover the costs of the application process (instead of a fee of $25). Prohibits any home rule or non-home rule municipality from administering its fire department process for certain appointments in a manner "less stringent than" (instead of inconsistent with) this Act.