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elgin fire department shift staffing cuts begin after court rejects union complaint

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elgin fire department shift staffing cuts begin after court rejects union complaint

elgin fire department shift staffing cuts took effect thursday following a court ruling against the elgin association of firefighters local 439, which claimed the changes would put first-responders at risk of injury."the city implemented the shift staffing changes immediately, beginning with the shift thursday at 7 a.m.," elgin corporate counsel william cogley said.judge david akemann issued an order ruling in the city's favor late wednesday afternoon, court records show. the ruling denies the 130-member fire union's motion for a preliminary injunction regarding the shift staffing changes, which were the result of cuts to the city's 2018 budget. akemann also canceled a court hearing on the matter scheduled for thursday afternoon."we're disappointed by the timing of the ruling. we expected to be in court thursday to present more information," union president joe galli said. galli said he and union vice president  ed hanson had already testified jan. 3 and 4.in the complaint, the union argued, "if the city reduces shift staffing, the union predicts that the number of injuries will increase significantly."akemann wrote that the union had not shown "irreparable injury that would necessitate the intervention of this court."the lawsuit followed the elgin city council's dec. 20 approval of a $259 million budget. the budget includes $700,000 in cuts to fire department overtime by reducing two positions per shift, from 33 firefighters and a battalion chief to 31 firefigh...