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Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB)

A unique effort of the U.S. Department of Justice; local, state, tribal, and federal public safety agencies; and national organizations, the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

The BJA PSOB Office is honored to review the more than 1000 claims submitted each year on behalf of America's fallen and catastrophically disabled public safety heroes and their loved ones.

for more information or to submit a PSOB claim, click HERE to visit their website
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ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT   from the State of Illinois
Pursuant to the Law Enforcement Officers, Civil Defense Workers, Civil Air Patrol Members, Paramedics and Firemen Compensation Act as amended in 1995, for deaths on or after January 1, 2003, the amount shall be the rate for the previous calendar year plus the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index. This benefit is adjusted for cost of living on January 1 of each year. Allow 4-8 weeks for the benefit to be processed.

The surviving beneficiary of any State or local governmental law enforcement or public safety officer who is killed in the line of duty may, within one year, make a claim to the Illinois Court of Claims for the Survivor Compensation.

The benefit is payable to a designated beneficiary as designated by the public safety officer, or if none has been designated to survivors in the following order: (1) spouse, (2) children, (3) parents, (4) siblings or children of siblings. If there are no such persons, no compensation is payable.

An Application for benefits and a Statement of Supervising Officer must be filed within one year of the date of death.

Court of Claims
630 S. College St
Springfield, IL 62756
Phone: 217-782-7101

(Reference: Line of Duty Compensation Act – 820 ILCS 315/3)

Municipalities may also provide a death benefit of up to $15,000.

Contact: Local municipality for further details.

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT   Cook County Pension Fund
This pension fund allows the designation of a beneficiary for a $1,000 death benefit.

Cook County Pension Fund
70 W. Madison St., Suite 1925
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: 312-603-1200
For Additional Benefits   Visit These Sites

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation  click  HERE
The Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB)  click  HERE
(this is the Federal Death Benefit)
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