Firefighters Lose Demotions Lawsuit

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Byline: Charles Keeshan

A pair of veteran Algonquin-Lake in the Hills firefighters who sued their fire district and its board to overturn their 2007 demotions will not be getting their old ranks back, a court ruled Tuesday.

In an eight-page written ruling, McHenry County Judge Michael Caldwell said Captains Joe and Charlie Teson failed to show that they had any right to their former rank as battalion chiefs, or that the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District has any legal obligation to return them to that standing.

Even if there was that obligation, Caldwell ruled, a legally binding agreement between the district and the firefighters union would prevent it.

"The plaintiffs have not only failed to establish the existence of a clear right to the relief requested and the obligation of the district to act in a specific way, the (agreement) has deprived the district of any authority to act or react in the way claimed by the plaintiffs," Caldwell ruled.

The judge not only rejected the Teson brothersAE claims, but he also ordered them to pay the districtAEs court costs associated with the case. …