Friday, August 2, 2013
State Fire Marshal Withdraws Controversial Proposal
"Thanks to all of you who sent in your letters and voiced your opposition at last Wednesday's public hearing at Loyola University. Because of your hard work, the State Fire Marshall has withdrawn his proposal to require water sprinklers in all residential high-rises. A number of Illinois elected leaders told me that never before had they ever been so inundated with so many letters of protest.
I also want to thank State Rep. Greg Harris, State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, State Sen. Heather Steans, and State Sen. John Cullerton. All of them worked tirelessly on this. They clearly heard your voices.
As I've said at last Wednesday's meeting, never in my life have I ever come across such a piece of legislation that would have caused such catastrophic results for residents who did not have the needed $20,000 to retrofit their apartments with water sprinklers. I'm so proud of all of you for responding to make sure your voices were heard.... and they were!"