Chicago City Council committee passes air conditioner ordinance Tuesday after Rogers Park heat deaths

CHICAGO (WLS) — The Chicago City Council Zoning Committee on Tuesday passed an ordinance outlining new cooling requirements.

Changes to the ordinance include requirements that seniors’ residences and large apartment buildings must have air-conditioned common areas and ensure landlords understand that heat is not needed on hot summer days. spring or fall.

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The requirements also call for these air conditioners to be turned on when the heat index exceeds 80 degrees.

“Residents are calling and the building is saying they can’t turn on the air conditioning yet because it’s not June 1st. We’re tackling that directly,” said Alderman Maria Hadden, who introduced the ‘arrangement.

Although the cooling ordinance was passed by the committee, it is still discussing spring and fall heat requirements.

The order was introduced after three women were found dead in their apartments at a Rogers Park nursing home amid high temperatures.

The order requires owners to immediately meet the requirements with temporary equipment, and permanent equipment must be installed by May 1, 2024.

Hadden said it was not a punishment for building owners, but rather language better designed to help both residents and owners.

The ordinance is sent to the full city council for a vote on Wednesday.

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