Former IRMA Chair, Western Springs Manager Ingrid Velkme retires
We wish Ingrid all the best as she starts a new chapter after a successful career in local government. In addition to multiple awards recognizing her contributions to public service, Ingrid served on IRMA’s Coverage Claims and Litigation Committee as well as the IRMA Executive Board. She was also employed at IRMA as the Manager of Program Development. We will miss her.
2021 Virtual Education Summit
Inclusion Matters
Measure, Evaluate, Evolve
Join Us Every Tuesday and Thursday this October, from 9 a.m. - 11a.m.
October 12th
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: 
How to Move Your Comfort Zone & Organizational Culture

Dr. Nicholas Pearce and
Margo Ely
October 14th
Implicit Bias-Why it Matters & What Managers Need to Know

Ademunmi Lewis, Certified Instructional Designer & Master Trainer, Vice President GovHR
October 19th Transforming Community Attitudes: The Park Forest Experience

John Ostenburg, Retired Mayor of the Village of Park Forest
 October 21st Advancing Equity Outcomes through Zoning Updates

Jake Seid, Senior Planner at Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
October 26th
LGBTQ+ 101

Dansen Mayhay, Community Engagement & Training Coordinator, Center on Halsted
October 28th
How to Handle the Message: When Community Outrage Enters the Municipal Board Room

Lissa Druss, Founder & CEO, Strategia Communications
Risk Management News
ILOSHA Releases Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
ILOSHA has released un update on the Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19 vaccine mandates that federal OSHA is expected to adopt for employers of 100 or more employees. As we wait for more information on this mandate and how it will affect public employees in Illinois, IRMA highly encourages reviewing recent correspondence regarding preparing for vaccine mandates in the workplace on our COVID-19 Resource Page.
Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart:
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Did you know that 88% of data breaches are caused by human error. Encourage employees to own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace. Throughout October, the National Cybersecurity Alliance will be offering free events, trainings and tips for any individual or organization to participate in. 
Firefighting Foam & PFAS
The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency drafted a new fact sheet with information about PFAS in AFFF and identifies the new statutory requirements specific to Class B firefighting foam. 
Training Updates
For scheduling questions, please contact Lisa Lebam Risk Management & Training Coordinator at [email protected]. Any other inquiries should be directed to Jen Swahlstedt, Director of Risk Management & Training Services at [email protected].
Request Your Training Today!
Our Loss Control Consultants are conducting onsite training in a limited basis. We will do our best to honor all requests however, to provide services equitably to all members scheduling restrictions may apply.

*Onsite training programs will follow COVID-19 Mitigation Measures and include a pre-visit check-in 24-48 hours in advance of the scheduled training program.
Claims Corner

Court Rules Defect in Sidewalk is De Minimis
On September 1, 2021, the DuPage County Circuit Court rejected claims made against the Village of Woodridge by a resident who tripped on a sidewalk hazard in June 2019. The resident specifically tripped on a “grade separation” between slabs of concrete, with a ¾” difference in height between the two concrete blocks.
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