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- MERGER DIES OR DOES IT? By Jerry Taylor| 04/12/2012
On July 1, 2012, State of Illinois’s Public Act 97695 took effect. It eliminated the statutory standards for the State of Illinois’ contributions to health insurance premiums for members of three of its retirement systems and established, instead, a new system under which the Director of the Department of Central Management Services would make an annual administrative determination as to the amounts to be charged to the State and to its retirees. This statute thus fundamentally altered the State of Illinois’s obligations to contribute toward the cost of group health insurance benefits for these retired state employees.
You never know when disaster might strike. Within minutes, cherished or valuable goods could be ruined. Keeping an archive of your belongings will accelerate the process of replacing damaged property. It will also help you make better decisions about the insurance coverage you need before a disaster strikes.
Follow these three simple steps to archive your home:
Make a list of your possessions. Some people prefer a low-tech approach to list-making—index cards or a notebook, for example—while others are comfortable with spreadsheets on a CD or USB drive. The method doesn’t matter, as long as the list is thorough, well-organized, and kept in a safe place. You should also remember to adjust your files periodically, deleting items you’ve gotten rid of and adding any new purchases.
(Editor's Note: Dick's message this month deals with a number of internal issue for the RFFOW, so RFFOW members or retired Firefighters should refer to Dick's publication for important membership information. We have extracted Dick's excellent discussion of the Oso mud slide and include it in this article.)
Our hearts and prayers go out to the residents of Oso and to the families and loved ones of those who were killed, injured or missing in the tragic Snohomish mudslide. Governor Inslee said “This tragedy is one of the worst in Washington history and one of the deadliest landslides seen in the United States.” We have seen many tragedies in our careers, accidents and natural disasters, but I don’t believe many of us have witnessed anything of this magnitude in our private or professional life.