SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — University police officers may soon get better benefit for officers disabled in the line of duty.
A bill sponsored by Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) would match the benefit rates officers disabled in the line of duty for universities across the state to the municipal officers’ rate. Right now, university police officers only are covered 50% of their salary if they are disabled in the line of duty compared to 65% for Illinois’ municipal officers.
The senator said University of Illinois police officers are increasingly called into dangerous situations.
“Bad guys don’t care what department a cop works for, and when an officer gets hurt, it shouldn’t matter either,” Rose said. “They should get the same benefits whether they work for U of I PD or the City of Champaign PD.”
The bill now heads to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s desk.