In this episode, our host Terry Trueblood, Chairman of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, has a one on one with Donald “Ike” Hackett, President of the Spoon River Valley FOP Lodge (FOP Lodge 427). The Spoon River Valley Lodge is a large lodge geographically, and they have over 19 agencies that they represent. Terry and Ike discuss Illinois House Bill 3653 – specifically with how the bill went into effect. The governor was not a fan of the bill initially but had gone through with it despite protests from The Fraternal Order of Police. Terry and Ike discuss how HB3653 took away the power of Qualified Immunity for law enforcement.
Illinois House Bill 3653
“We are on the verge of losing good men and women because the state of Illinois has decided that they do not want to provide Qualified Immunity to law enforcement. The financial responsibility that will be placed on our men and women of law enforcement who put the uniform on every day, who go on and serve in very harsh environments, and now, it’s going to be on their dime to defend themselves.” – Donald “Ike” Hackett, President of the Spoon River Valley FOP Lodge.
Facts Matter Moments Podcast is a new series by the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police where we discuss police news, events, legal matters, with a focus within the state of Illinois and beyond.
The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), founded over 100 years ago in 1915, is the largest enforcement organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country. The Illinois FOP is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing over 33,000 active duty and retired police officers – more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide.
The Illinois State Lodge, chartered in 1963, is run by a highly dedicated Board of Trustees and staff who are committed to elevating the law enforcement profession, protecting members’ rights, promoting fraternalism, and raising the value of membership. The Fraternal Order of Police serves as the national and state legislative voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving others. In addition, ILFOP members benefit from a variety of FOP programs and services, including legal defense, accidental death, and disability insurance, peer support, education scholarships, chaplaincy, education and training, and much more.