I am pleased to inform you that the Illinois State Fire Marshal on Fridaywithdrew his proposed fire safety regulations that many believed were onerous and unnecessary.
For a copy of the Fire Marshal’s statement, click on the attachment below:
I first alerted you about these proposed regulations in an email I sent on July 12th. Last week, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy hosted an “electronic town hall”on the topic. The room was packed with concerned high rise dwellers and condo owners and hundreds more watched the proceedings on live-stream video. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, which was charged with reviewing the proposed rules, was inundated with letters of protest from across the City.
The Fire Marshal cited as the reason for withdrawing his proposal the “unprecedented amount of public input and suggestions through emails, letters and public meetings.” The outpouring of opposition from our community clearly made a huge difference in beating back these rules. I commend everyone who took the time to write a letter or email and/or attend the public meeting. Your input was invaluable.
I will continue to keep you informed if anything develops further on this issue.