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Chicago Prevails in Union Dispute Over Police Discipline Records (1)

June 19, 2020, 4:41 PM; Updated: June 19, 2020, 7:14 PM

A Fraternal Order of Police affiliate can’t force the City of Chicago to follow arbitration orders to negotiate a collective bargaining provision requiring the destruction of records pertaining to alleged police misconduct, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled.

The arbitration awards are void and unenforceable because they violate Illinois’ “explicit, well-defined, and dominant” public policy favoring the retention of public records and oversight of the destruction and maintenance of these records, a majority of the state’s top court said Thursday.

The collective bargaining agreement between the city and the union, which represents the Chicago Police Department, requires the destruction of disciplinary...

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