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    Anyone know of any paid departments in IL that do not have a residency requirement once hired? Champaign is the only one I've heard of.
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    Champaign, Peoria, Springfield, Decatur has a 40mile radius. A lot of the suburbs have one similar to Decatur.

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    The City of Chicago requires all police and fire department personnel to live inside city limits. I have heard stories were at the 1st day of a recruits academy class if the instructors/Admin think a recruit is BSing them, they will make him/her get in a Dept. vehicle and drive to "where they put down they are living." If they find out you are full of it, you get fired. I think the rule is you need to have residency within the city, a month or two prior to when the academy starts.
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    A lot of career department have some kind of residency whether it's restricted or depends on the department. As far as Chicago you need to be a resident by the first day of the academy. Chicago's residency is actually state law and is not able to be arbitrated. Many departments have done away with their residency requirements because of mutuialand automatic aid, increased staffing and just the fact that as long as you show up for your shift who cares where you live.

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    Most Chicago suburbs do not have a residency rule.

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    Thanks for all the replys. I was looking more towards central or southern Illinois. Anyone know much about Chatham Fire Dept.?

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    Chatham does have a residency. They have a pretty big district, so you don't necessarily have to live in the (more expensive) village of Chatham. I've got a few friends on Chatham Fire, so pretty familiar with the Department as a whole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFMedic31 View Post
    Champaign, Peoria, Springfield, Decatur has a 40mile radius. A lot of the suburbs have one similar to Decatur.
    Peoria Fire you have to live in the City of Peoria within 1 year and you have to stay for 5 years. After that you can move out to 20 miles.

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