The AFFI is pleased to announce another educational opportunity that you can participate in virtually from the comfort of your own home or the firehouse!  We are excited to again collaborate with the University of Illinois Labor and Employment School to present: “Labor and Politics in America”

This webinar will feature University of Illinois, Director of Labor Education Professor Bob Bruno as he will discuss:

Labor unions are important political actors. Unions are one of the few political vehicles for workers to express their concerns about government. This webinar addresses how organized labor contributes to the vibrancy of democracy by mobilizing their members to participate in the political process. Unions have been active agents for social justice and have been the most powerful force in the passage of some of the most significant social programs in the history of the nation.  This webinar will also examine the forces that have influenced how union members have acted politically and the impact labor unions have had on American elections.

The AFFI will present this webinar on two different dates to give you the flexibility you need to attend:

Tuesday, October 20th 2020 – 10am to Noon

Thursday, October 22nd 2020 – 10am to Noon

If you would like to attend this webinar, please follow this link to sign up:

You will receive a confirmation email with the meeting link once your registration has been confirmed.

Please contact me with any questions and stay tuned for more events later this fall!


Luke Howieson
Vice President
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois

This is the online form locals may complete to participate in the direct debit of your per cap.  Please submit the completed form to Sue at

Other AFFI Vouchers and Duty Relief forms can also be found HERE

By orders of AFFI President Chuck Sullivan, the AFFI Honor Guard has been activated for the line of duty death of South Holland Local #4109 Firefighter/Paramedic Dylan Cunningham. Brother Cunningham passed on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 after suffering a medical emergency during a training exercise.  Brother Cunningham was a member of the AFFI Honor Guard, having been inducted in 2019.

Please bring local flags, pikes and axes for use at the services. As previously directed, all Honor Guard members should wear a plain black mask at all times.  Additional precautions for each facility will be discussed prior to the services.

Arrangements for Dylan Cunningham are as follow:

Visitation:  Tuesday October 6 from 1pm – 8pm at Smits Funeral Home located at 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane in Dyer, IN 46311

Firefighter Walk-Thru:  Line up at 6:00pm, walk thru at 7pm

Funeral Service: Wednesday, October 7 at 11:00am at Smits Funeral Home. Honor Guard members should assemble no later than 10:00am.

Procession to South Holland Station 43 then to St. John Catholic Church in Glenwood.

Jay Coburn, State Commander
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Honor Guard
927 S Second
Springfield, IL  62704
(708) 927-6568

This webinar features Dr. Emily Landon, Executive Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control with the University of Chicago as she discusses the current science and updates related to the coronavirus.

It also features a review of the AFFI’s resources and ongoing collective bargaining issues related to Covid-19.

Check out all of our training videos HERE

Over the past two years, the AFFI has been involved in a push to change the way Medicaid ambulance billing is re-imbursed in the State of Illinois. After a lot of effort from the IAFC, Department of Health and Family Services, and the AFFI, GEMT (ground emergency medical transport) funding has been implemented.

We want you to know, as a local leader, this new ambulance funding will provide a significant amount of extra revenue for our employers. We have seen billable amounts increase from hundreds of thousands to millions of additional dollars. The amount your entity could be receiving is based on your Medicaid patient payer mix. This could be a significant help to our struggling municipal budgets.

The deadline to apply for approval through Health and Family Services, is October 14th, 2020.

The AFFI has created a page on our website to provide your Fire Department or District with the tools to apply for this new funding on Medicaid transports. You may check to see if your employer has started the process to receive this funding and access other resources through this link:

Please reach out to your DVP if you have additional questions or need guidance on how to move forward.

Registration is now open for the 2020 AFFI Pension Seminar. This year’s conference will be a hybrid event. Presenters, sponsors, and AFFI staff along with a limited number of attendees will assemble at the Double Tree Lisle-Naperville (3003 Corporate West Dr in Lisle). The first 30 AFFI members to register and who want to attend in person will be the maximum number of attendees allowed. The webinar will be broadcast live beginning at 1:30 p.m. on October 27th and break at approximately 5:00 pm. It will resume at 9:00 a.m. on October 28th and conclude around 2:00 p.m. Firefighter Pension Trustees attending either in person or via the web are able to earn all 8 continuing education hours required and will receive a certificate. 

There is no cost to AFFI members for this year’s seminar! 

Non-Member fee is $25. 




In addition to the AFFI 3 ft. lighted sign that we are raffling off to benefit MDA, your AFFI Executive Board recently approved a motion that will contribute $50 to each AFFI local affiliate’s virtual fill the boot in hopes that all 224 of our locals will at least match our contribution. We are more hopeful that you far exceed that amount in your virtual boot. For those locals that have already coordinated with MDA, and your fill the boot website has begun accepting donations, you will soon see a $50 contribution from the AFFI.

For those locals that have not yet coordinated with MDA, please contact Kelsey Tomko ( as soon as possible so that the AFFI can start you off with $50 in your boot.  It takes about 2 minutes to have your specific MDA webpage up and running. You can then drive your social media platform followers to this specific webpage to encourage a donation.

This is one more example of the COVID pandemic wreaking havoc on something we have always done. Yet, like we always do, we found a path to help those in need. MDA needs our help and it’s our sincere hope that you will step up like you always do.

Again, please contact Kelsey ( in order to set your local’s webpage up as soon as you can.

I’m confident IAFF local affiliates in Illinois can lead the nation in MDA contributions. Let’s make it happen.


In Solidarity,

Chuck Sullivan, President

Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois

927 S Second St

Springfield, IL  62704

(217) 522-8180

Every summer, the AFFI Executive Board hosts a fundraiser to benefit MDA.  While the fundraiser has been canceled for 2020, we have an exciting opportunity for one lucky individual to win a custom steel AFFI lighted sign, while still raising funds for MDA.

To enter, simply click on one of the dollar amounts listed under “Incentives” on the left side of  Our Fill The Boot Page and make your tax-deductible donation. The winner will be pulled on Tuesday, December 1st.