By Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune:
A Lake County judge ruled Tuesday that the family of a 51-year-old Buffalo Grove firefighter who died of colon cancer last year should receive a full pension benefit, upholding an earlier decision by a local review board that his fatal cancer was caused in the line of duty.
Lake County Circuit Court Judge Diane Winter’s ruling, which some said likely will be appealed, comes after Buffalo Grove officials announced last summer that they were challenging a decision made earlier in 2018 by the Buffalo Grove Fire Department Pension Board that the family of firefighter Kevin Hauber should receive a full line-of-duty death pension.
Hauber, a veteran firefighter and paramedic in Buffalo Grove, died in January 2018, roughly four years after being diagnosed with colon cancer.
Inside a courtroom that attracted dozens of suburban firefighters and onlookers, Winter said the court’s role was “not to re-weigh the evidence” already reviewed by the pension board.
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