ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—The Illinois Electronic Security Association is leading a fight against a new state bill that would give public fire districts sole control over fire alarm monitoring, and says its efforts have received strong support not only from the industry but other business groups.
WEST ALLIS, Wis.—Former Illinois Electronic Security Association executive director Marsha Kopan on Dec. 29 was officially charged by the Wisconsin District Attorney’s office with three class G felony counts of theft in an amount greater than $10,000 and two class H felony counts of forgery. The charges revolve around her third-party management of three associations, including the IESA.
LISLE, Ill.—Five security companies, including security giant ADT, recently won a positive court ruling on an issue that has been roiling the industry in this state—public entities taking control over fire alarm monitoring.
The alarm companies won a preliminary injunction order in a federal lawsuit they filed against an Illinois fire protection district that passed an ordinance putting itself solely in control of the monitoring of commercial fire alarms in the district.
WEST ALLIS, Wis.—Marsha Kopan, former executive director of the Illinois Electronic Security Association, is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation that began when the West Allis Police arrested her on Sept. 24.
Police brought Kopan in on check fraud and forgery charges stemming from work she did with a non-security association. Upon further investigation into Kopan’s business ties, authorities contacted the IESA, and suggested they take a look at their accounts.