Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Retiree Insurance Update - Denial of our stay moti...

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

City of Chicago retirees take Rahm Emanuel to Federal Court

Please mail any amount to Retiree lead attorney:
Clint Krislov
Krislov & Associates, Ltd.
Civic Opera Building, Suite 1300
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois  60606
Telephone: 312-606-0500
Facsimile: 312-739-1098

Chicago’s 28,000 retired city workers and their dependents are asking a federal appeals court to block Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to save $27 million in 2015 by raising monthly health insurance premiums by anywhere from 30 percent to 79 percent.

Arguing that the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to preserve health benefits for state retirees “substantially increased” their chances of prevailing on the merits, retirees want to compel the city to roll back monthly payments to 2013 levels.

That’s when Emanuel announced plans to save $108.7 million a year by phasing out the city's 55 percent subsidy for retiree health care and forcing retirees to make the switch to Obamacare.

If the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals grants the preliminary injunction, retirees will save anywhere from $50 to $800 a month. The city stands to lose $52 million.

In July, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that subsidized health care premiums for state employees are protected under the state Constitution and that the Illinois General Assembly was "precluded from diminishing or impairing” that benefit.

The Emanuel administration has dismissed the ruling as irrelevant, arguing that, unlike the state, the city “never promised its retirees lifetime medical benefits.”

Clinton Krislov, an attorney representing retirees in the marathon case, doesn’t buy that argument.

“The city is throwing hardballs at a time when the Illinois Supreme Court is making it clear that retiree health care benefits are protected.

The city is determined to thumb their nose at the Illinois Supreme Court decision and fight this to the death,” Krislov said.

“Our likelihood of prevailing has substantially increased. That means that, during the course of this case, the rates should be restored to what they were when we filed our complaints in the fall of 2013.”

Carl Gutierrez, a spokesperson for the city’s Office of Budget and Management, said the city is forging ahead with year two of a three-year phase-out of health benefits for post-1989 retirees.

"Those who retired on or after August 23, 1989 will see a subsidy reduction of 25 percent in 2015," Gutierrez wrote in an email.

"For retirees who are not eligible for Medicare, the City is offering four plans to provide them with options for healthcare and to reduce their costs, including an option that would reduce their premiums.

The changes for the City's retiree healthcare plan will save taxpayers an estimated $27 million in 2015."

Gutierrez noted that retirees filed a similar motion in an attempt to block last year's increase, and it was denied.

Emanuel maintained last week that he has given retirees options to not only avoid the increase but also reduce their monthly premiums.

But Krislov noted that the deadline for making that choice is Oct. 3.

Retirees who choose another plan will face dramatically higher out-of-pocket costs — up to $6,000-a-year, instead of $1,200 — and a narrower network of doctors, he said.

They’ll also be precluded from returning to the old plan unless they can show “proof of insurability.”

If the retirees' motion is granted, the city would be forced to let “any formerly covered person who left for any reason after the 2014 rate hike” to re-join the city program.

“What the city is really trying to do here is force retirees financially to select an inferior plan and block them from coming back,” Krislov said.

“If you have a condition develop [in the interim], they won’t let you back in. That’s pretty aggressive. It’s heavy-handed.”

Emanuel has already ruled out a pre-election increase in sales or property taxes.

If city employees win their case — as their state counterparts did — the mayor will face intense pressure to raise taxes or make dramatic service cuts in the 2015 budget that will serve as the platform for his re-election bid.http://truenewsusa.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 19, 2014


Get Behind The Vest www.getbehindthevest.org 
One bullet can end a police officer’s life. Or, it can hit their vest and do nothing. Chicago police officers are responsible for replacing their own vests. 
That’s why they need your help. 
Please support Get Behind The Vest–an initiative of the...

Monday, September 8, 2014


Calling all 100 Club young members! It's time to start planning for our First Salute event! Come out to the Junior Board planning meeting to share your ideas on how to make this the best First Salute yet...

Date: September 16, 2014 

Time: 6:30pm 

Goal: To plan our annual First Salute event!

Location: 875 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

 13th floor X-Lounge

RSVP: info@100clubchicago.org 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TALES OF AN IDIOT!!!! Governor Nixon should be IMPEACHED!!!

Without hearing all the evidence, without listening to all the witnesses, without having a heart-to-heart conversation with Officer Wilson on how he was in fear of his own safety and life, without looking at his injury reports, this COWARD Governor is calling for a vigorous prosecution just to appease the minority destroying the town of Ferguson, Mo. 

His lack of support for police officers put their lives in danger. Officer's will now begin second guessing their decisions when seconds count. 


Your LIFE is just as important, rather more important, than the criminal element stalking the streets of our country. 
Defend yourselves at all costs. 
Go HOME to your family. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Darren Wilson Defense Fund Donations

August 22, 2014
The Lodge has been inundated with calls inquiring how to support P.O. Darren Wilson. The FOP home Lodge for officer Darren Wilson has set up a fund to assist in his defense and to help with his expenses. Checks should be made out to: Shield of Hope
Please mail to:
FOP Lodge 15
9620 Lackland Road,
Overland, MO 63114
Attn: Shield of Hope
Any questions can be directed to (314) 423-8003

support page for Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, has brought in more than $10,000 in the last day.
“We stand behind Officer Darren Wilson and his family during this trying time in their lives,” the GoFundMe page’s creators write. “All proceeds will be sent directly to Darren Wilson and his family for any financial needs they may have including legal fees.”
The page was launched two hours before news broke that the first autopsy on Brown’s body showed the unarmed teenager had been shot at least six times, including two shots to the head.
Reached for comment, the administrator of the fundraising campaign, identified as Allison Wilson, asked The Daily Beast for privacy.
“We are not interested in speaking with the press at this time,” Wilson said. “Please do not attempt to contact myself or any member of my family. Thank you for your understanding.”
Wilson would not comment on whether she was related to Officer Wilson, and her Facebook page has since been disabled. As for why she publicized her email address on the fundraising page, Wilson said, “The email is for questions regarding how to donate or where donations can be mailed to.”
Her reticence is not uncommon among online supporters of Officer Wilson. A number of administrators of support pages for the officer on Facebook declined to speak with The Daily Beast, citing a fear of being a target of potential violence. Those who did shared their beliefs on the condition of anonymity.
“I don’t think an officer of his reputation would shoot an unarmed person for no reason whatsoever,” said one administrator in Ferguson who suggested The Daily Beast identify him as “Bossman.” His page, called “I support Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson,” has a great deal fewer likes than some of the better-publicized Facebook pages.
“This has been made into a race issue. It’s not a race issue. It’s a self-defense issue. I think there are influences making this worse instead of calming the situation.”
“People have the misconception that a police officer cannot shoot an unarmed person, but that’s simply not the case,” he said. “Especially if someone is trying to go for an officer’s weapon. Whether or not that actually happened is unknown, but I do believe he was acting in self-defense as officers are trained to do.”
The common theme among administrators of support pages for the officer is the notion that the shooting of Michael Brown was not racially motivated.
“I don’t think it was to begin with, but the black community has turned it into that as a crutch when there’s a lack of defense on their end,” the man who wanted to be called Bossman explained. “I don’t think people will bow down to it this time. Al and Jesse would never come out from cowardly hiding if it were a black cop and white offender.”
An administrator for the closed 164-member group “We Support Darren Wilson” also suggested that the August 9 shooting initially had nothing to do with race.
“This has been made into a race issue,” she said in an email exchange with The Daily Beast. “It’s not a race issue. It’s a self-defense issue. I think there are influences making this worse instead of calming the situation.
“The riots are in my opinion are out of control. There can be peaceful protests. There is no reason for all this brutality. A town burning and people disregarding curfew and disrespecting the police and residents is incomprehensible.”
The perception that race is not a major issue in Ferguson appears to be common—at least among whites.
Just 37 percent of the white people surveyed in a Pew Research Center pollreleased Monday believed that the shooting of Brown raised “important issues about race.” Among African Americans surveyed, that number was 80 percent. Similarly, 33 percent of white people surveyed believed that the police had “gone too far,” while 65 percent of African Americans believed that to be true.
In Ferguson, Joel Anderson of BuzzFeed reports, some white citizens are claiming the same thing: that Brown’s shooting was not predicated on race.
Still, one of Officer Wilson’s defenders said it might be too early to start raising money for him.
“As far as the GoFundMe, I think it was premature, meaning all the evidence and facts have not come to light,” the female administrator said. “If he is innocent, he will definitely need the help, but there is always a chance new facts may come to light.”
She said she believes Wilson acted in self-defense, but if she were convinced otherwise, she would close down her support group.
The other Facebook administrator echoed that sentiment.
“If it is true that [Michael Brown] had his hands up and was not posing a threat to the officer, then I will have to side with him,” he said.
At this stage, according to a forensic pathologist who assisted with the initial private autopsy, it is unclear whether Brown was shot with his hands in the air.
Two more autopsies will be conducted on Brown’s body in the coming days, one by local officials and the other by the Justice Department. And on Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder will visit Ferguson himself.
As the Obama administration begins a civil rights investigation in Ferguson, meanwhile, Officer Wilson and his family reportedly are long gone.
“The only thing I hope to come out of the group is peaceful support,” the female administrator said. “And a place for people to show their support without being attacked.”