SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As part of her continued efforts to support first responders throughout Illinois, state Rep. Fran Hurley, D-Chicago, is sponsoring legislation to increase the amount of reimbursements to families for burial expenses for state police officers killed in the line of duty.
“Families of fallen officers should never have to worry about not having the money to provide their loved one with a proper burial,” said Hurley. “Police officers are heroes who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our communities. Officers killed in the line of duty deserve the utmost respect and dignity for making the ultimate sacrifice.”
Hurley is a chief co-sponsor of House Bill 2028, which will raise the maximum reimbursement paid by the Department of State Police (ISP) for funerals of officers killed in the line of duty, helping to alleviate the financial burden on their families. The measure has received support from the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts, the State Police Command Officers Association, the Illinois Sheriffs Association and the Illinois State Police; The bill passed out of the Illinois House with overwhelming bipartisan support, and has now moved to the Illinois Senate for consideration.
“This legislation will ensure that spouses and families of fallen police officers have one less thing to worry about during the incredibly difficult process of planning their loved ones’ funeral,” continued Hurley. “Fallen police officers and their grieving families deserve support, so I am proud to have helped to pass this legislation in the House.”
For more information, contact Hurley’s constituent service office at 773-445-8128 or RepFranHurley@gmail.com.