Click here to download a printable summary of all ILFOP member benefits and resources.
The Illinois State Lodge employs a full-time director of governmental affairs/general counsel who monitor state and federal legislation, as well as rules and policy, to determine the impact on law enforcement professionals. As the largest organization of police officers in the United States, the FOP serves as a significant advocate for its members, with notable efforts toward maintaining pension and collective bargaining rights. Visit the Advocacy webpage, follow our efforts with the We Are One Illinois Coalition, and "like" us on Facebook for regular legislative updates.
Officer-to-Officer Critical Incident and Peer Support – (866) 535-1078
The Critical Incident Support Team (CIST) is available 24-hours per day, seven days per week to provide confidential peer support and information, as well as personal counseling or social service referrals. Should a major critical incident occur, such as a shooting that involves a police officer, the CIST will respond by notifying the Illinois Network of Critical Incident Stress Management. If requested, CIST will also send a team member to assist the officer, family and department. If the critical incident involves a line of duty death, the CIST can assist in the preparations of a law enforcement funeral.
Accidental Death & Disability Insurance
The Illinois State Lodge provides accidental death and disability insurance for all members in good standing, at no additional cost. Please see Accidental Death & Disability Coverage - Current Benefits for complete coverage information.
The Associate Chaplaincy program was created to enhance the delivery and quality of law enforcement services by ministering to officers in times of personal need and crisis. Chaplains provide services as requested and all information is kept confidential. Associate Chaplains are to be Christian friends, who meet an officer’s needs on a one- to-one basis by listening, counseling and/or referring to other resources as is appropriate for each situation. Find a chaplain!
Each year, the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police awards $9,000 in scholarships to college students whose parents are members in good standing. Chosen at random, one applicant from each of the 18 representative FOP districts in Illinois will receive $500 towards college expenses. The random drawing is held during the summer meeting of the ILFOP board of directors. The 2013 application is now available. Due June 1, 2013.
The Legal Defense Plan is a self-funded ERISA plan, solely owned and operated by the FOP Grand Lodge, that is available to eligible FOP groups and individual members. The plan provides defense coverage for administrative, civil and criminal actions that arise out of law enforcement duties. For more information, visit www.foplegal.com.
FOP License Plates
Exclusive for active members, Fraternal Order of Police License Plates show pride in fraternalism and law enforcement.
- Random issue, personalized or vanity plates available
- Passenger vehicles, B-trucks and vans weighing 8,000 lbs or less are eligible
- Permanent license plates; not commemorative or temporary
Education & Training
The Illinois Law Enforcement Education Foundation (ILEEF), a 501c3 organization, was created by the State Lodge to increase the education, charitable and research capabilities of law enforcement. ILEEF is currently working toward implementing a statewide police suicide education and prevention program. In addition, the State and Grand lodges offer access to a variety of educational programs focused on improving officers’ skills and performance.
Industry News & Information
FOP members receive frequent e-mail updates from both the national and state lodges, as well as FOP Journal, a quarterly print publication from the Grand Lodge; and Blue Line Newsletter a quarterly electronic publication from the State Lodge.
Members in Need of Assistance
In addition to the chaplaincy and CIST programs, the State Lodge "Members in Need of Assistance" webpage is dedicated to posting the needs of its members. Whether you are a member in need or a member looking to help a fellow member, please visit this page often.
Through various partnerships, FOP members can receive discounts on products and services on the following:
- AAA Chicago Club: 15 percent discount on basic membership or 10 percent discount on plus membership. In addition, the enrollment fee is waived for FOP members. Contact Debra Richardson at DJRichardson@chicagoaaa.org.
- 1-800-FLOWERS: FOP members receive a 15 percent discount on orders. Visit www.1800FLOWERS.com or call 1-800-FLOWERS® (1-800-356-9377) and mention promotion code GRANDFOP.
The FOP partners with top-quality providers who understand the unique needs of the law enforcement community.
ISPFCU - The Law Enforcement Credit Union with exclusive FOP credit cards (www.ispfcu.org)
Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA) - the sole education provider for public pension fund trustees in the state of Illinois. IPPFA members manage over $18 billion in pension assets (www.ippfa.org.