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Illinois alarm industry helps quash onerous proposals

Ordinances to get communities into the fire-alarm monitoring business fizzle after industry raises concerns
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02/01/2012

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—The security alarm industry scored two significant victories last week in an ongoing battle in this state over public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring, according to the head of the Illinois Electronic Security Association.

'Mixed' court ruling in Illinois monitoring case

An appeals court says public entities in the state can monitor fire alarms but can’t displace private companies from market
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12/01/2011

CHICAGO, Ill.—A federal appeals court based here says public fire districts in Illinois have a legal right to be in the fire alarm monitoring business, but can’t displace the private fire market in doing so.

Courts side with alarm industry in Illinois

Efforts by public entities to monopolize fire alarm monitoring suffer setbacks in recent rulings
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10/04/2011

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Two court decisions in late August bolstered the alarm industry’s position in an ongoing dispute in Illinois over public entities taking control of fire alarm monitoring away from private companies.

EMERgency24 looking to PERS, redundancy for the future

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08/11/2011

DES PLAINES, Ill.—Third-party monitoring center EMERgency24 is remaining true to its roots as well as getting ready for something new, according to PR manager Kevin Lehan and national sales manager Kevin McCarthy. The central station recently opened a new hot redundant monitoring center and is expanding its dealer offerings.

Fire monitoring battle ongoing in Illinois

A judge says public fire districts can’t be in the fire monitoring business, but local municipalities contend they still can require businesses to be monitored only by them
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07/28/2011

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—A battle in this state over public entities taking control over fire alarm monitoring is still raging, despite a recent federal court ruling saying a public fire district had no legal right to invalidate contracts that ADT Security and other companies had with their customers and put itself solely in charge of commercial fire alarm monitoring.

Fire monitoring bill raising alarm in Illinois

Proposed legislation would give public fire districts a monopoly over fire monitoring services
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02/24/2011

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—The Illinois Electronic Security Association is leading a fight against a new state bill that would give public fire districts sole control over fire alarm monitoring, and says its efforts have received strong support not only from the industry but other business groups.

Former Illinois association executive director officially charged with five felonies involving forgery, theft

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01/06/2011

WEST ALLIS, Wis.—Former Illinois Electronic Security Association executive director Marsha Kopan on Dec. 29 was officially charged by the Wisconsin District Attorney’s office with three class G felony counts of theft in an amount greater than $10,000 and two class H felony counts of forgery. The charges revolve around her third-party management of three associations, including the IESA.

Embezzlement probe at association ongoing

Former Illinois executive director under investigation
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10/28/2010

WEST ALLIS, Wis.—Marsha Kopan, former executive director of the Illinois Electronic Security Association, is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation that began when the West Allis Police arrested her on Sept. 24.
Police brought Kopan in on check fraud and forgery charges stemming from work she did with a non-security association. Upon further investigation into Kopan’s business ties, authorities contacted the IESA, and suggested they take a look at their accounts.

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