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Illinois fire districts open up to commercial fire monitoring

New ordinances allow commercial customers to choose any fire alarm monitoring, but one company may have ‘tremendous market advantage’
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10/21/2013

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—After an appeals court ruling this summer saying public fire districts can’t monopolize fire alarm monitoring, two fire districts recently passed new ordinances allowing commercial fire alarm companies to compete in those markets.

Statewide residential fire sprinkler effort derailed in Illinois

'Misinformation' campaign in Chicago leads to withdrawal of proposal, a sprinkler advocate says
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08/12/2013

ORLAND PARK, Ill.—Illinois this summer appeared poised to become the third state in the nation to adopt residential sprinkler requirements statewide, with the Illinois State Fire Marshal recommending the state’s first update of its fire code in 11 years.

Decision in Illinois fire alarm monitoring case 'significant' for industry

The ruling says public fire district monitoring services 'less safe' than those offered by private market
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08/07/2013

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—A federal appeals court has upheld a previous court ruling favoring ADT and other alarm companies in a case involving public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring.

Municipal fire-monitoring fight continues in Illinois

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04/03/2013

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Another front in the battle in Illinois over public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring opened up recently when the village of Westmont approved an ordinance requiring all businesses to connect their fire alarms to its emergency dispatch center.

Illinois alarm companies urged to reclaim business

As a public fire district exits the fire alarm monitoring business per a judge’s order, IESA says there’s an opportunity to regain customers
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10/15/2012

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Now that a federal judge has ordered the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District to get out of the fire alarm monitoring business, the state alarm association is encouraging private alarm contractors to once again seek customers there.

Ruling in Illinois fire alarm monitoring case ‘positive’ for industry

But decision in lawsuit brought by ADT over public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring will be appealed
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08/15/2012

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—The latest decision in a lawsuit brought by ADT and other alarm companies over public entities taking over fire alarm monitoring in the state contains “a lot of positive things for the alarm industry," according to the executive director of the Illinois Electronic Security Association.

PSAP problems in Illinois raise safety concerns

Industry group: Municipal monitoring not ‘inherently safer’ than central stations
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07/25/2012

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—A PSAP that controls emergency communications for numerous municipalities around Chicago is reportedly having such problems with delayed response times that dispatchers recently voted “no confidence” in the agency’s management.

Illinois alarm industry helps quash onerous proposals

Ordinances to get communities into the fire-alarm monitoring business fizzle after industry raises concerns
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02/01/2012

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—The security alarm industry scored two significant victories last week in an ongoing battle in this state over public entities monopolizing fire alarm monitoring, according to the head of the Illinois Electronic Security Association.

'Mixed' court ruling in Illinois monitoring case

An appeals court says public entities in the state can monitor fire alarms but can’t displace private companies from market
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12/01/2011

CHICAGO, Ill.—A federal appeals court based here says public fire districts in Illinois have a legal right to be in the fire alarm monitoring business, but can’t displace the private fire market in doing so.

Courts side with alarm industry in Illinois

Efforts by public entities to monopolize fire alarm monitoring suffer setbacks in recent rulings
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10/04/2011

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Two court decisions in late August bolstered the alarm industry’s position in an ongoing dispute in Illinois over public entities taking control of fire alarm monitoring away from private companies.

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