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FOP turns out in Collinsville to support Home Rule vote

The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge brought its Disaster Response Unit to Collinsville on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, to support the law enforcement officers, firefighters, city workers and their supporters who canvassed the community to encourage residents to retain Home Rule status in Tuesday’s General Election.

Collinsville’s population dipped to just below 25,000 in the 2020 census, which requires residents to vote on whether they should retain Home Rule status. Without the commercial tax levying authority granted by Home Rule, Collinsville could lose some major revenue sources and be forced to make some difficult financial decisions.

“City services, including the police, fire and public works departments, would likely have to absorb the resulting budget cuts through layoffs, attrition and less equipment money,” said Collinsville FOP Lodge 103 President Jay Edwards. “We are asking residents to vote for public safety on Tuesday. We don’t want a short-sighted discussion on taxes to cloud this issue – this is about fighting crime, putting out fires and fixing city streets. It’s about keeping Collinsville a great place to call home.”

The Fraternal Order of Police, founded in 1915, is the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. With a proud tradition of officers representing officers, the FOP is the most respected and most recognized police organization in the country. The Illinois FOP, chartered in 1963, is the second largest State Lodge, proudly representing more than 34,000 active duty and retired police officers – more than 10 percent of all FOP members nationwide. Visit www.ilfop.org for more information.

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