A new law makes it easier for police and firefighters to raise money for charity. The measure ensures that counties or municipalities allow police officers and firefighters to collect charitable donations from motorists along the roadside. The law came about after communities began passing bans prohibiting firefighters and police officers from collecting donations alongside roadways, citing safety concerns. The new law states that law enforcement, firefighters and other public safety officers cannot be denied the right to collect donations.
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Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill at the biennial convention of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois in Lombard. For more than 50 years the International Association of Firefighters and their members have held yearly campaigns called “fill the boot” to raise money along roadways for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “It is fitting that we salute the AFFI with a new law that will allow them to continue supporting organizations that improve the quality of life for the people of Illinois,” Quinn said.
Illinois is the sixth state to pass such a law following Florida, Nebraska, Texas, California and North Carolina. The law takes effect immediately.