August 30, 2007
WILLIAM TUCKER, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellant, ) Cook County.
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE POLICE )
PENSION FUND OF THE VILLAGE OF PARK )
FOREST ILLINOIS, ) The Honorable
) Anthony L. Young,
Defendant-Appellee. ) Judge Presiding.
PRESIDING JUSTICE QUINN delivered the opinion of the court:
Plaintiff William Tucker, who suffers from bilateral hearing
impairment, appeals the decision of defendant Board of Trustees
of the Police Pension Fund of the Village of Park Forest,
Illinois (Board), which determined that it did not have
jurisdiction to hear his request for pension benefits. In this
court, plaintiff contends that the Board possessed statutory
authority to hear his request and that he is entitled to pension
benefits dues to his disability.
On January 10, 1989, the Village of Park Forest Police
Department (Department) hired plaintiff as a police officer. In
October 1997, the Village of Forest Park Fire and Police