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Firefighters Pension Board

Regular meetings of the Firefighters Pension Board (FPB) take place on the second Wednesday of February, May, August, and November. All meetings are held at the Fire Department and start at 3:00 p.m.


Pursuant to Article 4 of the Illinois Pension Code, the Village of Winnetka is required to establish and administer a firefighters’ pension fund for the benefit of the Village’s firefighters, and of the firefighters’ surviving spouses, children and certain other dependents. The Firefighters’ Pension Board is a five-member board that is created by Section 4-121 of the Pension Code and is charged by law with controlling and managing the Firefighters’ Pension Fund. The Firefighters’ Pension Fund derives its funds primarily from property taxes and firefighter contributions.

The FPB consists of the following five members: two members appointed by the Village President; two active firefighters elected by their fellow active firefighters; and one retired firefighter elected by the participating retirees. Although not a member of the Firefighters’ Pension Board, the Village Treasurer continues to serve as the Board’s treasurer. The two appointed members are appointed so that their terms expire in alternate years. While there is no statutory residency requirement for the appointed members of the Firefighters’ Pension

Board, the practice has been for the appointed members to be residents of the Village. If there are no retired firefighters willing or available to serve on the Board, the active firefighters must then elect a third representative. The three elected members are elected by secret ballot at elections held on the third Monday in April. All five members hold office for a term of five years. For purposes of eligibility for both voting and candidacy, a firefighter who is receiving a disability pension is considered a retired firefighter.

Powers and Duties

The primary functions of the FPB are to:

  • Control and manage the Firefighters’ Pension Fund, and all of its investments, expenditures and revenues;
  • Accept donations for use by the Firefighters’ Pension Fund;
  • Enforce the statutory requirement that all active firefighters contribute to the fund;
  • Hear and determine applications for retirement benefits from the Firefighters’ Pension Fund and to order the payment of benefits to qualified beneficiaries;
  • Hear and determine applications for and order the payment of disability benefits, and to conduct periodic examinations of claimants or recipients to confirm the continuing existence of the disability;
  • Make rules necessary for the discharge of the Board’s duties and to distribute copies of its rules to all pensioners and contributors;
  • Invest funds in accordance with the requirements of the Illinois Pension Code;
  • Submit to the Village Council, at the close of each Village fiscal year, a list of persons entitled to payments from the Firefighters’ Pension Fund;
  • Conduct actuarial studies, to establish reserves and to determine an annual budget amount sufficient to meet actuarial requirements of the firefighters' pension fund;
  • And report annually to the Village Council on the condition of the Firefighters’ Pension Fund, certifying the assets on hand and their current value, estimating receipts and expenditures, and estimating the amounts required to meet the annual requirements of the fund and to amortize the fund's unfunded accrued liabilities over a period of 40 years from July 1, 1993.


Below is a list of the current members of the FPB, including their position, contact information, and terms:

Mark Fuller At Large 847-446-9428 04/01/2021
John Sobel President 847-501-4701 4/9/2021
Steve Pearson Retiree   4/9/2021
Andrew MacArthur Secretary 847-501-6029 04/15/2020
John Ripka At Large 847-501-6029 04/15/2021


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