East St. Louis firefighters fighting city to protect pension fund

EAST ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – East St. Louis firefighters are battling controversies in city hall.  At issue is how to protect the fire pension fund.

In East St. Louis some 100 firefighters and the families of deceased firefighters are in fear that the pension funds will soon dry up.

That's because the city has failed to pay into the fund this year and last year, skipping $2.5 million dollar that should have been paid into the fund.

Right now retired firefighters are getting paid from the firefighters reserve fund.

Late last year the firefighters filed a lawsuit against the financially strapped city asking a judge to force the city to pay into the firefighter’s pension fund.

Both sides have a meeting scheduled to try and workout a settlement.

The board that runs the fund says the monthly payout is $280,000, and if the city doesn't begin paying into the fund the reserve could be gone in 30 months.

A lawsuit against the city has also been filed by the police pension fund.