Ill. doubles death benefit for first responders

A new law signed by the governor doubles the previous death benefit amount from $10,000 to $20,000


Andy Kravetz
Journal Star, Peoria, Ill.

CHICAGO — A day after Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy Troy Chisum was killed, Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law a measure that would double the death benefits for families of fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters.

Previously, the amount of money the state would reimburse a family was capped at $10,000 but the new law raises that limit to $20,000. The bill will apply to all deaths from June 30, 2018, onward.

Previously, the amount of money the state would reimburse a family was capped at $10,000 but the new law raises that limit to $20,000. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)
Previously, the amount of money the state would reimburse a family was capped at $10,000 but the new law raises that limit to $20,000. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)

"While no amount of money can ease the terrible grief of families who have lost their loved ones because they were killed in the line of duty, I hope we can at least lessen the financial burden of an immeasurable loss of our state's finest," the governor said in a news release. "My heart breaks for the families, friends and fellow first responders every time a brave soul leaves us in the noblest of ways. A grateful state will always honor your legacies."

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©2019 the Journal Star (Peoria, Ill.)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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