Rep. Windhorst Legislation to Prevent Recalling Disabled Police Officers to Service Clears Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) reports legislation he sponsored aimed at helping retired disabled police officers has passed the Illinois House of Representatives.

HB 2390 would prevent disabled retired police officers that have reached the age of 60 from being recalled to work. Under current law, a police officer on disability can be recalled to duty at any age.  Windhorst says the bill prevents a deputy sheriff or police officer who is retired for disability and is 60 years old or older may not be recalled to service in any capacity.

“I am grateful to my House colleagues for the overwhelming support they showed for this legislation,” Windhorst said. “I have been committed to doing everything that I can as a legislator to express appreciation to police officers and sheriffs that have served our communities for years, sacrificing their lives and putting their bodies on the line. We should not be forcing anyone that has been disabled and even if they are now recovered, to return to the very dangerous work that police officers do after the age of 60. I appreciate our police, and if someone wishes to return to work, they still could. But my legislation would prevent the mandatory recall of these retired officers back into service.”

Having passed the House, HB 2390 moves to the Illinois Senate for consideration.