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Record #: R2014-776   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 10/8/2014 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 10/8/2014
Title: Commemoration of 143rd anniversary of Great Chicago Fire and call for observance of Fire Prevention Week
Sponsors: Emanuel, Rahm, Burke, Edward M.
Attachments: 1. R2014-776.pdf
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
CITY OF CHICAGO
RAHM EMANUEL MAYOR
October 8,2014








TO THE HONORABLE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO


Ladies and Gentlemen:

I transmit herewith, together with Alderman Burke, a resolution regarding Fire Prevention
Week.

Your favorable consideration of this resolution will be appreciated.

Mayor

Very truly yours,
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ALDERMAN EDWARD M. BURKE Resented by MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL


WflQtBOLS . Wednesday, October 8, 2014 officially marks the 143rd Anniversary of the tragedy of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871; and

WHEREAS, The Chicago City Council has been informed of this milestone by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Edward M. Burke; and

WHEREAS, The Great Chicago Fire began in the barn of Patrick and Catherine O'Leary located near their home at 137 DeKoven Street, the site of what is now the Chicago Fire Academy; and

WHEREAS, While the blaze spared the O'Leary house, it spread out of control and burned a swath approximately three and one-third miles in size through Chicago; and

WHEREAS, The Chicago Evening Journal spun the yarn that the Great Chicago Fire was sparked when Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern while Mrs. O'Leary was milking the animal; and

WHEREAS, Despite testimony given by the O'Learys at an official inquiry that they were asleep at the time the blaze began, the popular myth remained a central part of local legend; and

WHEREAS, On October 8, 1997, the Chicago City Council finally set the record straight when it absolved Mrs. O'Leary and her cow "from all blame in regard to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871"; and

WHEREAS, This somber anniversary reminds all Chicagoans of the immense human loss that resulted from the Great Chicago Fire and the continued need to practice strict safety precautions; and

WHEREAS, Fire Prevention Week was established in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire and has championed fire prevention with a series of themes over the years; and

WHEREAS, The 2014 slogan for F...

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