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Automatic shutoff exceptions for certain underground storage tanks

November
2013
Illinois Law Update
Page 560
The Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal recently amended the requirements for petroleum underground storage tank ("UST") systems serving emergency power generators. 41 Ill. Adm. Code 175.

Firefighters protected by Criminal Code amendment. PA 095-0801

December
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 612
Illinois lawmakers amended the Criminal Code of 1961 by modifying section 31-1. 720 ILCS 5/31-1. 

New licensing requirements for fire equipment distributors

June
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 284
The Office of the State Fire Marshall made changes to 41 Ill Adm Code 280. The changes apply to companies and their employees that service, hydro-test, recharge, install, maintain, replace, repair or inspect all types of fire extinguishers, suppression devices or systems.

Police and firefighters’ duties must be kept separate -PA 094-720

March
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 118
The Illinois Municipal Code was amended by adding section 10-3-3.1, 65 ILCS 5/10-3-3.1, in order to make distinct the duties of police officers and firefighters.

Tampering with fire safety system is a Class 4 felony PA 094-707

February
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
Effective June 1, 2006, the Criminal Code of 1961, 720 ILCS 5/16-22 et seq, is amended by adding section 16-22, which makes "tampering with a security, fire, or life safety system" a Class 4 felony. 

Volunteer firefighters shielded from wrongful termination of employment and offered civil relief for employer violations PA 093-1027

January
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Volunteer Firefighter Job Protection Act, which applies to municipalities with populations of 3,500 or less, stipulates when volunteer firefighters may not be discharged from their employment, as well as the appropriateness of civil actions in response to wrongful termination. 

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