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‘It’s about being proactive’: After 3 women die in sweltering Rogers Park condo, City Council holds hearing to push for changes

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cooling facilities and warmth warnings may help preserve you secure and knowledgeable throughout this warmth wave. 

They also can preserve individuals from dying. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov experiences from Rogers Park the place there are added considerations in that neighborhood due to the variety of senior buildings and a latest tragedy.

That concern solely heightened after three residents  in one senior constructing died throughout final month’s warmth wave, regardless of calls for assist. But town is now one step nearer to placing cooling necessities on the books, too. 

In the forty ninth ward, warmth warnings, like this one, started going out to senior buildings and nursing houses days in the past. 

“It’s about being proactive.”

Alderwoman Maria Hadden (forty ninth) stated her staffers additionally started calling buildings to be sure they had been ready for this excessive warmth and to keep away from a tragic repeat of what occurred contained in the James Sneider Apartments in May.

It’s the place three residents died, even after repeated calls to constructing administration and town for assist.

A public information request from CBS 2 discovered there have been 5 calls made to 311 about the acute warmth in the constructing. Most had been made days earlier than the three residents died on May 14. 

A hearing into the shortage of response by each constructing administration and town simply acquired the inexperienced mild from metropolis council members this week

In addition to that hearing, the City Council’s zoning committee will meet subsequent week to talk about changes to the constructing code that might add cooling necessities for some buildings, in addition to heating necessities. 

One change would require constructing homeowners make temperature changes in the usually unpredictable months of May and October, which did not occur in the James Sneider Apartments. 

Right now, the regulation solely requires landlords present warmth between September 15 and June 1.

“So you’ll see some additional recommendations for two pipe systems on those shoulder months. You’re also going to see guidance on external temperatures,” Hadden stated.

The ordinance would additionally require buildings of a sure measurement have everlasting cooling facilities. Hadden expects it to additionally go the complete City Council at subsequent week’s meeting, the day after it is mentioned in committee.

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