All benefit payments issued by the Firemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago are paid at the end of the month for each month as it ends. All payments, whether physical check or Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT), are dated effected the last working day of each month. Checks are normally mailed 2-3 days ahead of the last working day of the month so that members who are paid by physical check can receive their checks on the last working day of each month.
Every month, the Fund receives several phone calls concerning non-receipt of checks. Usually, these checks arrive within a few days. It is the Fund’s policy to wait 10 working days before starting the process of replacing a benefit check. The Fund requires that a sworn affidavit be completed and signed by the member and submitted to the Fund for issuance of a replacement check.
Upon receipt of a sworn affidavit for a replacement check from a member, the Fund will contact the member to determine that the original check has still not been received. Upon confirmation, the Fund will automatically place a stop-payment order on the original check and issue a replacement on the same day.
Members should not cash or deposit an original check that is received after the stop-payment order has been entered. You may contact the Fund if you have any questions concerning the disposition of a check you have reported as lost.
All members are highly encouraged to consider taking advantage of the Fund’s Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) payment method. 90% of all beneficiaries never experience delays with the mail, and are not required to make a trip to the bank to deposit their check.
If you need to fill out an affidavit for non-receipt of your benefit check, please click on the link below. The affidavit is in a printable PDF format that is readable using Adobe Reader. If you need to download Adobe Reader, please click here.
If you have questions about how to fill out this affidavit, please look at the example listed below. If you are in need of further assistance, please contact the Pension Office at (312) 726-5823.