The Illinois Fire Marshal said Friday he’s shelving a plan that would have required sprinklers to be added to older high-rise apartment buildings as well as all new-home construction.
An angry capacity crowd turned out for a town hall meeting Wednesday night at Roosevelt University on new state fire code requirements that would force older high-rises to install costly sprinkler systems.
Fire sprinklers save lives, but they could cost building owners millions and millions of dollars. A proposal to require them in all high rises in Illinois has lots of people talking.
Residents and owners of older high rises in Chicago were racing against the clock to fight a proposed state mandate that they say would force many residents to move.
The Quinn administration is pushing for new statewide fire safety requirements that would cost Chicago’s high rise residents hundreds of millions of dollars.
Safety advocates say new construction should include indoor sprinklers to make homes more fireproof. CBS 2′s Chris Martinez looks at both sides of the debate.
CBS 2′s Jim Williams reports the group behind the campaign is supported by businesses that stand to benefit from the installation of sprinklers.