North Riverside firefighters Derek Zdenovec (left), Austin Nicholl, Rich Gray and Jason Williams attend the village board meeting Thursday night. They all oppose plans to privatize the fire department. | Schmidt/Sun-Times
A controversial plan to privatize North Riverside’s fire department was put on hold Thursday while the village continues to negotiate with the firefighter’s union. A vote on the issue had been expected at a special meeting Thursday night, according to Trustee H. Bob Demopoulos. But Mayor Hubert Hermanek Jr. said a vote on privatization was not planned for the meeting. “Whoever told you [there was a vote] was wrong. We’re in negotiations,” he said.