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Record #: R2019-40   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 1/23/2019 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Public Safety
Final action:
Title: Call on Illinois State Marshall to testify before Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards on amendments to lIllinois Fire Safety Code regarding life safety standards
Sponsors: Cappleman, James, Smith, Michele, Tunney, Thomas, Reilly, Brendan, Moore, Joseph, King, Sophia D., Dowell, Pat, Hopkins, Brian
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Public Safety
Attachments: 1. R2019-40.pdf
Related files: R2019-362

WHEREAS, the Illinois State Fire Marshall proposed changes to its rules on January 4,2019; and

WHEREAS, these proposed rules establish the minimum life safety standards for the State for both new and existing occupancies; and

WHEREAS, comments on the proposed rules must be submitted no later than 45 days after publication of the notice; and

WHEREAS, this proposed administrative rule would be applicable to all new and existing small businesses and not-for-profit corporations in the State with a covered occupancy; and

WHEREAS, the proposed rules would apply to localities within Illinois pursuant to state and federal law, including Chicago; and

WHEREAS, the proposed rules, in part, require all local officers charged with the duty of investigating fires shall enforce these rules, under the direction of the Illinois State Fire Marshall; and

WHEREAS, the only exception to the requirement that all local officers charged with the duty of investigating fires must do so under the direction of the State Fire Marshal is if such localities have adopted fire prevention and safety standards equal to or higher than the standards adopted by these rules; and

WHEREAS, on December 15, 2004, the Chicago City Council approved comprehensive amendments to its Existing Building Code to require fire sprinklers to be installed in existing commercial high-rises and to require existing residential high-rises to undergo a rigorous life safety evaluation; and

WHEREAS, Chicago property owners are overwhelmingly in compliance with these life safety requirements; and

WHEREAS, the Illinois Fire Safety Code is not consistent with Chicago's life safety code, particularly as it relates to the life safety evaluation program; and

WHEREAS, the Chicago Fire Department presently has the responsibility to investigate fires in Chicago; and

WHEREAS, the Chicago Fire Department has a keen understanding of fire codes governing each type of building in Chicago; and

WHEREAS, the State Fire...

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