Retiree Health Care Lawsuit Upbate (SB 1313)
On February 20, 2013, a hearing was held in Sangamon County on the State’s request to dismiss our consolidated lawsuit. Arguments were hear from all sides. Your Lodge had representatives in the Courtroom to follow the proceedings. The Judge has asked for further information from both sides before he rules in three weeks. Click on the attached link for the State Journal Register’s updated news story.
Another, in an endless parade of legislation (HB6258) that would have a negative impact on our pensions, was introduced today. The Lodge is closely following this piece of legislation and we will have more information as it becomes available.
It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of Trooper James Sauter.
Downer’s Grove – Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau today released the following statement regarding the fatal crash that claimed the life of a District15 State Trooper on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
“It is with deep sadness that I announce the tragic death of Trooper James Sauter, and on behalf of the men and women of the Illinois State Police, I offer sincere condolences to Trooper Sauter’s family,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “Trooper Sauter left a legacy of courage, honor and duty and we will never forget Star #6095. Our hearts are heavy with grief, but they are also strengthened by Trooper Sauter’s brave calling and dedicated service to ISP,” Grau added.
Trooper Sauter was on duty in his ISP squad car when his vehicle was struck by a truck tractor semi-trailer at I-294 southbound at Willow Road. He was pronounced at the scene early Friday morning and had been a member of the Illinois State Police since June 29, 2008. Trooper Sauter had just completed a temporary assignment in Air Operations and was recently re-assigned to District 15 as a patrolman.
Trooper Sauter was 28 years old and is survived by his wife, Elizabeth and family.
Funeral arrangements for Illinois State Police Trooper James Sauter, who was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, March 28, 2013, are as follows:
Monday, April 1, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Hills Funeral Home,10201 South Roberts Road, Palos Hills, Illinois 60465
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 11:00 a.m.
Morraine Valley Church, 6300 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights, Illinois 60463
Appropriate attire for ISP officers attending the visitation on Monday, April 1, is dress blouse or business attire. Officers attending the funeral on Tuesday, April 2, will wear the dress blouse uniform.
It is with deep regret that we inform you of the passing of Trooper Kyle Deatherage.
Trooper Kyle Deatherage, who recently transferred to the Illinois State Police motorcycle unit to spend more time with his young family, was struck and killed by a truck Monday morning in a traffic stop along Interstate 55 near Litchfield.
Deatherage, 32, of Highland, IL entered law enforcement as a Madison County sheriff's deputy in 2004 and moved to the State Police in May 2009. He is survived by his wife and two small children. He had been one of 29 Illinois Troopers sent to New Jersey this month to help with cleanup efforts after Hurricane Sandy.
Visitation will be Friday, November 30th from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Triad High School, 703 US 40, Troy, IL. Funeral will be Saturday, December 1st at 10:00 a.m. at Triad High School.
Interment: Immediately follows the funeral at
Appropriate attire for ISP officers attending the visitation on Friday, November 30, is dress blouse or business attire. Officers attending the Funeral on Saturday, December 1, will wear the dress blouse uniform.
TEAM TROOPER ONCE AGAIN TOP TEAM AT ST. BALDRICKS EVENT!!
St. Baldrick's is a fund raising organization that raises money for children’s cancer research. Participants shave their heads for monetary pledges, to show support for cancer victims receiving treatment. Most shaving events are held around St. Patrick's Day. St Baldrick's is the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising program for childhood cancer research. Today, the St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any other organization except the U.S. government. Since 2000, more than 189,660 volunteers, including over 17,200 women, have shaved in solidarity with children with cancer at events in dozens of countries and every U.S. state.
For the fifth year, District Chicago's two south sector midnight platoons organized a head shaving team for St. Baldrick's. This year’s event was held at the Kerry Piper in Willowbrook, IL on March 18th. Troopers from District Chicago, District 2, District 15, District 17, RBG, SWAT, Investigations, PSU, and Telecomunicators participated. In addition, the sons, daughters, nephews, fathers, and friends of ISP employees also joined the team. In total, 59 people registered for Team Trooper. This was the first year an adult female shaved her head for the team.
Team Captain, Sgt. Rich Decker (D Chgo), reported that this was a record year for the team’s fund raising efforts. Team Trooper raised $27,194, easily being named the top fund raiser for the event. Since organizing Team Trooper in 2008, Decker stated that the team had raised $88,872 for research. Team Trooper has been the top fund raiser in every event it has participated in. See photos from the event in our Gallery section.