Press Release
December 3, 2010

Mayor Daley Announces Changes To Personnel Rules To Spur Hiring Of Veterans, Family Members Of Sworn Personnel Who Died In The Line Of Duty

Mayor's Press Office    312.744.3334
Mayor Richard M. Daley today announced a change to the City of Chicago Personnel Rules to include provisions to promote the hiring of veterans and family members of sworn Chicago Police and Fire personnel who have died in the line of duty, or those whose family members died in the line of duty while serving in the Armed Forces.
 
Effective November 18, the City of Chicago amended the Veteran’s Preference and Line of Duty Preference to increase the pool of qualified applicants for City jobs for individuals that meet the following specified criteria.
 
Veteran’s Preference
 
Veteran’s Preference will be applied to all veterans who have received an honorable or general discharge after serving on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, the Illinois National Guard or any reserve component for a cumulative of 180 days.
 
In order to receive Veteran’s preference, the applicant must be otherwise qualified for the job and must be eligible for the position.
 
The preference will offered to individuals who are otherwise qualified for all City positions in one of two ways: in the form of 5 percent to a final score with a passing score for ranked entry exams; or as preference in processing to include a minimum of 20 percent of veterans will be referred to the hiring departments.
 
Veteran’s preference can be awarded only once during employment with the City of Chicago.
 
Line of Duty Preference
 
Line of Duty Preference will provide a preference in processing to qualified applicants who are immediate family members of sworn Police and uniformed Fire Department Personnel who died in the line of duty or who were immediate family members of individuals who have served on active duty of the Armed Forces or National Guard who died in the line of duty while in a combat zone.
 
In order to be approved for the preference, the applicant must otherwise qualify for the job and must be eligible for the position.
 
Applicants who qualify under this provision will be granted preference for an entry level sworn Police or uniformed Fire Department position and will receive consideration before other qualified applicants, unless superseded by a Collective Bargaining Agreement with a Union.
 
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