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Record #: O2014-8090   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 10/8/2014 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Aviation
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 2-20 by adding new Section 2-20-050 to establish infectious disease screening program at Chicago O'Hare International Airport
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M., Zalewski, Michael R.
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 2 - City Government & Administration - Ch. 20 Dept. of Aviation
Attachments: 1. O2014-8090.pdf
Related files: R2015-407

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is a home rule unit of government pursuant to the 1970 Illinois Constitution, Article VII, Section 6 (a); and

WHEREAS, pursuant to its home rule power, the City of Chicago may exercise any power and perform any function relating to its government and affairs including the power to regulate for the protection of the public health, safety, morals and welfare; and

WHEREAS, curtailing the spread of infectious disease is critical to preserving the health of all Chicago residents; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Aviation regulates the ingress and egress of air traffic in Chicago; and

WHEREAS, O'Hare International Airport is one of the world's busiest airports, handling over 66 million passengers in 2013; and

WHEREAS, the volume of passengers makes O'Hare a potential entry point for the spread of infectious disease; and

WHEREAS, an American infected with the Ebola virus arrived in Dallas, TX from Liberia on Monday, October 6, 2014; and

WHEREAS, this demonstrates the need for stricter medical protocols; and

WHEREAS, the Honolulu International Airport implemented a voluntary screening process for flulike symptoms among international travelers with the intent of intercepting passengers who may have infectious diseases; and

WHEREAS, Hawai'i grew its program to set up a passive surveillance program whereby pilots notify the airport town if there is a potentially ill passenger,on board; and

WHEREAS, these programs have had a great success in curtailing infectious diseases such as bird flu and SARS; and

WHEREAS, active and passive infectious disease control programs will help the City prevent an outbreak of a pandemic; NOW THEREFORE


SECTION 1. The above recitals are expressly incorporated herein and made part hereof as though fully set forth herein. j

SECTION 2. Chapter 2-20 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by creating Section 2-20-050 by inserting t...

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