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New front in Illinois fire monitoring battle

Proposed legislation would allow public fire districts back into monitoring business after a court ordered them out of it
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02/26/2014

DES PLAINES, Ill.—Just as Illinois fire protection districts are shutting down their fire monitoring programs because of a federal court ruling saying such public entities aren’t authorized to be that business, proposed new state legislation would grant the districts that authority.

Fire monitoring in Illinois trending in industry’s favor

Still, some communities won’t bow to federal court decision saying public fire districts can’t be in alarm monitoring business
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02/12/2014

DES PLAINES, Ill.—The Lemont Fire Protection District is ending its fire alarm monitoring program, citing a recent federal appeals court decision saying public entities can’t monopolize such monitoring.

ADS vs. village in lawsuit

After wins in court saying public fire districts in Illinois can’t monopolize monitoring, the industry is fighting a municipality attempting the same thing
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12/31/2013

DES PLAINES, Ill.—The industry is fighting back against an Illinois municipality’s attempt to do an “end around” of a recent court ruling barring public fire districts from monopolizing fire monitoring in the state.

Illinois fire districts open up to commercial fire monitoring

New ordinances allow commercial customers to choose any fire alarm monitoring, but one company may have ‘tremendous market advantage’
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10/21/2013

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—After an appeals court ruling this summer saying public fire districts can’t monopolize fire alarm monitoring, two fire districts recently passed new ordinances allowing commercial fire alarm companies to compete in those markets.

Statewide residential fire sprinkler effort derailed in Illinois

'Misinformation' campaign in Chicago leads to withdrawal of proposal, a sprinkler advocate says
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08/12/2013

ORLAND PARK, Ill.—Illinois this summer appeared poised to become the third state in the nation to adopt residential sprinkler requirements statewide, with the Illinois State Fire Marshal recommending the state’s first update of its fire code in 11 years.

Decision in Illinois fire alarm monitoring case 'significant' for industry

The ruling says public fire district monitoring services 'less safe' than those offered by private market
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08/07/2013

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—A federal appeals court has upheld a previous court ruling favoring ADT and other alarm companies in a case involving public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring.

Municipal fire-monitoring fight continues in Illinois

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04/03/2013

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Another front in the battle in Illinois over public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring opened up recently when the village of Westmont approved an ordinance requiring all businesses to connect their fire alarms to its emergency dispatch center.

Illinois alarm companies urged to reclaim business

As a public fire district exits the fire alarm monitoring business per a judge’s order, IESA says there’s an opportunity to regain customers
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10/15/2012

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Now that a federal judge has ordered the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District to get out of the fire alarm monitoring business, the state alarm association is encouraging private alarm contractors to once again seek customers there.

Ruling in Illinois fire alarm monitoring case ‘positive’ for industry

But decision in lawsuit brought by ADT over public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring will be appealed
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08/15/2012

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—The latest decision in a lawsuit brought by ADT and other alarm companies over public entities taking over fire alarm monitoring in the state contains “a lot of positive things for the alarm industry," according to the executive director of the Illinois Electronic Security Association.

PSAP problems in Illinois raise safety concerns

Industry group: Municipal monitoring not ‘inherently safer’ than central stations
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07/25/2012

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—A PSAP that controls emergency communications for numerous municipalities around Chicago is reportedly having such problems with delayed response times that dispatchers recently voted “no confidence” in the agency’s management.

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