January 6, 2015 Snow Command Update and Winter Reminders
January 6, 2015
FULL SNOW PLOW FLEET DEPLOYED ON CHICAGO STREETS
last evening, snow removal vehicles focused on salting and plowing main
routes and Lake Shore Drive to ensure streets are safe for motorists
and emergency vehicles. Once the snow stopped and main routes were
clear, DSS redeployed the full fleet of over 280 snow plows and salt
spreaders along with over 20 smaller 4x4 snow plows to all neighborhoods
and side streets.
The over 300 snow plows will focus on salting and plowing neighborhood
streets to ensure streets are safe and passable for motorists.
DSS continues to monitor weather conditions from Snow Command and will adjust resources as needed.
Safety is the City's top priority, and motorists are urged to be
patient when driving during inclement weather, to be cautious and drive
according to the conditions.
To view the snow fleet in real time with the Plow Tracker tool, visit www.chicagoshovels.org. For additional updates on snow removal efforts, follow the Department on Twitter @Streetsandsan.
WINTER REMINDER: Take Precautions During Cold Weather
from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC),
Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS), other City departments and
sister agencies, remind residents about City-offered services during the
winter months and tips to avoid weather and health emergencies during
cold and extreme weather.
urges residents to prepare for cold temperatures and snowy conditions
throughout the winter by taking steps, such preparing emergency kits for
residences and vehicles and stocking up on necessities, which will help
in emergency situations or if weather conditions become dangerous.
City of Chicago works with AccuWeather to monitor the weather on an
on-going basis to prepare for extreme weather as early as possible
should it occur, and continues to implement, coordinate and improve
plans to adapt to changing conditions to keep residents safe during the
manages snow removal for more than 9,400 lane miles of roadway and
maintains a fleet of more than 280 snow removal vehicles, including 19
new snow plows and four new, smaller 4x4 snow plows for this winter. The
City will begin the winter season with approximately 400,000 tons of
salt stationed at 19 salt piles across the City. DSS monitors snow
removal operations, road conditions and weather from the Snow Command
center through access to over 1,400 citywide camera feeds, Doppler radar
control, and atmospheric and road data sensors.
winter season, DSS and the Department of Innovation and Technology
(DoIT) have improved communication with residents around snow removal
operations through the online Plow Tracker tool. Residents will continue
to be able to watch snow removal operations as plows began on main and
arterial streets and then move to neighborhood streets once the snow has
stopped. New this year, residents can view the direction of travel for
all snow removal vehicles in real-time. Residents will also be able to
view snowfall totals for each snow system and for the entire winter
Parking Restrictions and Overnight Bans
are advised that Chicago's annual winter Overnight Parking Ban is now
in effect and will be enforced through Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from
3:00AM to 7:00AM, regardless of snow. Cars parked in violation of the
Overnight Parking Ban prevent critical routes from being fully plowed
and salted when it snows. During a snowfall, a build-up of snow next to
parked vehicles on these routes further reduces traffic flow.
Overnight Parking Ban impacts more than 100 miles of Chicago's streets
and signage is permanently posted along the impacted streets. Violators
will face a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket and a storage fee of
$20 per day for the first five days. Vehicles in violation of the ban
will be towed to Pounds 2 (10301 S. Doty Ave) or 6 (701 N. Sacramento).
Information for Homeowners, Renters
reminded residents to be cognizant of weather conditions, heed the
warnings given by experts, and recognize the implications of wind chill
advisories, winter storm watches and warnings. Residents should know the
signs and care of frostbite and hypothermia. Winter preparation
information is available at www.alertchicago.com , including links to other local, state and federal resources.
Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) encourages residents to
act now to make sure pipes in homes are properly insulated and not
exposed to freezing air. This includes pipes in garages and unheated
areas of the home. If pipes do freeze, do not use candles or any open
flame to thaw them. Use a hair dryer or heating pad.
Chicago Heat Ordinance mandates that landlords supply heat to rental
units during cold weather months. From September 15 to June 1, the
temperature inside a rental residence must be at least 68 degrees during
the day. During the evening, the temperatures must be at least 66
degrees. The Department of Buildings encourages residents to first
contact their landlords when these temperatures are not maintained and
to call 3-1-1 if no action is being taken. During extreme cold weather,
however, the Building Department's first priority is responding to heat
complaints and it reassigns inspectors to handle the increased number of
Chicago Fire Department (CFD) does not recommended using space heaters;
however, if used, be sure they are UL certified and at least 3 feet
from anything that can ignite. Use of a space heater in children's rooms
should be monitored closely as children sometimes move them close to or
into the bed with tragic results. If extension cords are used, they
should be rated at 15 amps minimum and never put cords under carpet.
With the added demand on furnaces and boilers, CFD also reminds
residents are required by ordinance to have working carbon monoxide
detectors to protect against carbon monoxide leaks from a heating system
that could be fatal over time.
heavy snow, CFD asks that residents shovel around hydrants so they can
find them and hook a hose up faster in the event of a fire. Don't park
within 15 feet of hydrants - the house you save could be your own.
individuals can sign up to volunteer with the Snow Corp program which
helps to pair volunteers with senior residents or people with
disabilities who require assistance to shovel their sidewalks.
help manage energy costs and ensure residential safety, Peoples Gas
remind that you can winter proof homes by covering windows with plastic
sheeting, applying weather stripping around doors, insulating hot water
pipes and installing programmable thermostats. These weatherization
measures are important tools during the heating season to help manage
appliances serviced by qualified contractor. Keep heating, ventilation
and metering equipment free from debris, snow & ice. Ensure natural
gas appliances are correctly flued and have the correct ventilation to
avoid carbon monoxide build up in living areas. Check/Install carbon
Gas, Community Economic and Development Association (CEDA) and ComEd
will also host several utility assistance and community resource fairs
to support those residents who are looking for help paying their energy
The first fair is this Saturday, January 10,
at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Representatives from Peoples Gas, CEDA and ComEd will be on site, along
with a number of city, state and human services agencies, to provide
information on programs and resources that are available to assist
residents. CEDA will take applications on site for the Low Income Home
Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Peoples Gas Share the Warmth
program. Click here to download the event flyer.
Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Community
Service Centers located throughout the city that double as warming
centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees.
DFSS will monitor the weather and make operational decisions regarding
warming center hours based on weather conditions and other circumstances
in coordination with OEMC.
seeking a warm place to go after hours should call 3-1-1. Seniors or
individuals with limited mobility may call 3-1-1 to request a ride to
any of the centers. And individuals requiring emergency overnight
shelter, or transportation to a shelter, should also call 3-1-1.
Links to warming center information and flyers in English, Spanish and Polish are posted on DFSS's website .
Red Cross Safety Tips for Bitter Cold Weather
air is predicted for the Chicago region this week and the American Red
Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois offers the following steps
people can take to stay safe during this hazardous weather.
- Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
the signs of hypothermia - confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and
severe shivering. If someone has these symptoms, they should get
immediate medical attention.
- Watch for symptoms of
frostbite including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow
skin discoloration, numbness or waxy feeling skin.
the pets indoors. If that's not possible, make sure they have
enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen
- Avoid frozen pipes - run water, even at
a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Keep the thermostat
at the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing
- Do not use a stove or oven to heat the home.
- Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away.
- If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
- Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
- Learn how to treat cold weather related emergencies by downloading the free Red Cross First Aid App at redcross.org/apps.
More information about winter safety is available on redcross.org.
Alderman Reilly Opposes Dog Ban in Maggie Daley Park
December 16, 2014
the past few weeks, I have received numerous inquiries from downtown
residents regarding whether or not dogs will be allowed in the newly
constructed Maggie Daley Park and recently renovated Peanut Park in
Grant Park. The Chicago Park District has informed me of their decision
to not allow dogs in Maggie Daley or Peanut Park.
is important to note the Chicago Park District is a separate
governmental entity and taxing body, appointed by the Mayor, which has
its own budget and governance structure. The Chicago Park District
operates and sets policies independent of the Chicago City Council. As
such, I have no jurisdictional authority over Chicago Park District
policies and procedures.
said, I have asked the Chicago Park District to consider reversing
their policy and allow leashed dogs to be permitted on the pedestrian
paths in Maggie Daley Park and Peanut Park. I have appealed directly to
Michael Kelly, General Superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park
District, to reconsider the prohibition of dogs in Maggie Daley &
Because this is entirely a Chicago Park District decision, I strongly recommend you and other concerned residents, share your concerns directly with Chicago Park District Leadership.
Please direct your comments and concerns to these Park District officials:
Michael P. Kelly
General Superintendent & CEO
Chicago Park District
541 N. Fairbanks
Chicago IL, 60611
Dr. Bryan S. Traubert
President, Board of Commissioners
Chicago Park District
541 N. Fairbanks
Chicago IL, 60611
Please visit the following website for more information on how to submit your comments via email or at a board meeting: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/departments/board-of-commissioners/speaking-at-board-meetings/
As the proud owner of two dogs (Buster and Max), I am very sympathetic to concerns about prohibiting dogs in the northern portion of Grant Park. I worked hard, with many residents from
across Chicago to ultimately defeat Mayor Daley's ill-conceived plans
to allow the development of a museum in Northern Grant Park. Given my
history defending Grant Park, and ensuring it remains "forever open,
clear and free" - I'm disappointed in the Park District's decision.
sending your comments to Superintendent Kelly and President Traubert at
the Chicago Park District, please be sure to copy Mayor Emanuel and me
on all correspondence so that I may follow-up with Park District
leadership on your behalf.
Alderman, 42nd Ward
Alderman Reilly Joins CIM Group for Block Thirty Seven Apartment Tower Groundbreaking
November 18, 2014
month, Alderman Reilly joined Mayor Emanuel and executives from CIM
Group for a commemorative groundbreaking to celebrate the start of
construction on CIM's 34-story, 690-unit apartment tower at Block Thirty
Seven, located on State Street between Randolph and Dearborn Streets.
on the northern end of the block atop the five-story,
275,000-square-foot Block Thirty Seven retail center, the residential
tower is the final phase of the development, creating a mixed-use
property at this high profile State Street location. The sleek,
glass-clad tower's recreation and relaxation areas are designed to take
advantage of the sweeping city views with a fifth floor amenity deck
with an outdoor pool and spa and a rooftop spa and fitness center.
acquiring Block Thirty Seven at 108 N. State Street in the heart of
Chicago's retail corridor, CIM Group has been implementing its plan to
reposition and enhance the center as an attractive destination for the
community. The company recently announced it is bringing an 11-screen
AMC Dine-In Theatre to the fourth floor. The new theatres join the
previously announced 22,000-square-foot sophisticated casual
multi-concept dining hall to be created by Richard Sandoval Restaurants
on the third floor and a signature new restaurant from the Lawless
family on the ground floor at the corner of Randolph and Dearborn
To learn more, click here to read the full press release.
Alderman Reilly's Council Recap on WGN Radio with Dean Richards
September 12, 2014
After City Council on Wednesday, September 10th, Alderman Reilly stopped by the WGN Bob Sirott & Marianne Murciano Show
guest hosted by Dean Richards for a recap of the Council meeting. The
Alderman discussed hot topics including Filming and Arts in Chicago,
Speed and Red Light Cameras, as well as addressing City service
To listen to the interview, click here. Please Note: Alderman Reilly's segment begins at 1:04:08.
Alderman Reilly Welcomes New Bennett Day School to the West Loop!
August 22, 2014
(Ald. Walter Burnett, Jr.; Kate Cicchelli, Co-Founder / Head of School;
Cameron Smith, CEO / Co-Founder; Ald. Brendan Reilly)
this week Alderman Reilly joined 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr.,
at the Grand Opening and Community Open House Celebration for Bennett Day School, located at 657 W. Fulton Street.
(Ribbon Cutting for Bennett Day School)
Day School is a new Chicago two-year old through eighth grade school
that is passionate about serving families a progressive education based
on the Reggio Emilia collaborative approach of self-directed learning.
school's innovative West Loop location provides opportunities for
students to interact with the local community and be a part of Chicago's
thriving downtown culture.
For more information about Bennett Day School please visit: www.bennettday.org.
Alderman Reilly Votes Against Weakening Legislative Inspector General
August 1, 2014
This week, Alderman Reilly voted against a proposal that would strip the Legislative Inspector General of his authority to investigate aldermen for allegations of campaign
finance violations. The ordinance would shift those investigative duties
to the Board of Ethics - the agency that is responsible for
adjudicating these cases.
Board of Ethics has acknowledged that investigating allegations of
campaign violations would pose a conflict of interest, given the agency
must ultimately determine the outcome of these cases. Further, the
Board does not have the resources or capabilities to conduct these
investigations in a thorough manner.
On Wednesday, the City Council voted 42-6 to approve stripping the Legislative Inspector General of this investigative authority. Alderman Reilly was one of the 6
aldermen who voted "no." Alderman Reilly was joined by Aldermen
Hairston (5th), Waguespack (32nd), Arena (45th), Fioretti (2nd) and
Sposato (36th) in opposing the legislation.
Chicago Aldermen Cast a Brazen Vote for Self-protection
Chicago Tribune Editorial - August 1, 2014
Just how dumb does the Chicago City Council believe its constituents to be?
Really, really dumb.
on Wednesday approved an ordinance that weakens their own inspector
general. They hope Chicago voters will believe the baloney that the City
Council was merely "closing a loophole." That's quite a chunk of Oscar
Mayer to choke down.
review: The aldermen hired Inspector General Faisal Khan in 2011 to be
their watchdog on ethics matters. When he arrived they gave him no
investigative staff, insisted he get sworn statements from all
whistleblowers (a surefire chilling effect), and told him he couldn't
launch investigations without approval from the Chicago Board of Ethics.
board, appointed by the mayor, has not issued a finding against an
alderman in more than 25 years. During that time, more than 20 aldermen
have been convicted of felonies.
And now, more of the same council self-protection as the aldermen further insulate themselves from Khan.
Wednesday, Khan had been doing the job of investigating complaints
about aldermanic conduct. He has wanted the authority to initiate
investigations, just like other inspectors general, rather than have to
wait for signed, sworn complaints. Instead, the council gave that power
to the do-little ethics board - which doesn't even want the
by Ald. Patrick O'Connor, 40th - who, the Tribune reported Thursday,
faces allegations that he violated the city's ethics rules - the council
speedily passed an ordinance that limits how soon and how far Khan can
go with his inquiries. And the ethics board now has the awkward roles of
initiating investigations and also adjudicating them.
O'Connor, who knew there was an ongoing ethics probe into his
fundraising, deliberately trying to thwart Khan? O'Connor denies that he
was. O'Connor told the Tribune his ordinance strengthening the ethics
board, a seven-member panel, had nothing to do with his case. O'Connor
insisted he engaged in no wrongdoing.
"Unequivocally, no, there will not be any finding against me," he said.
the motivation here, why would council members make themselves look
foolish by reducing Khan's authority to look at them?
yes. We remember: Chicago aldermen place top priority on protecting
their collective behinds. They might occasionally battle it out on
policy or budget issues, but there's one thing you can count on them to
do in lock step: thwart transparency.
says the council's vote now jeopardizes dozens of investigations he had
been pursuing. Which is exactly what aldermen evidently wanted.
the day Khan arrived, the City Council has been largely uncooperative.
Aldermen and staff members often don't turn over documents. They don't
return messages. Sometimes, they don't even show up for scheduled
interviews. Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the past has brushed off Khan's
reports, at one point saying he had neither the "time or interest" to
Some council members would love for Khan to resign out of frustration. In the meantime, they've voted to undercut him.
O'Connor's ordinance passed 42-6.
aldermen who voted no: Bob Fioretti, 2nd; Leslie Hairston, 5th; Scott
Waguespack, 32nd; Brendan Reilly, 42nd; Nicholas Sposato, 36th, and John
Ald. Natashia Holmes, 7th, was absent and Ald. Michele Smith, 43rd, did not vote.
you live in Chicago and your alderman went along with this, he or she
voted against better government and hoped you were too dumb to notice.
vote might be the most revealing roll call of 2014. Remember it when
your alderman's name appears on the February primary election ballot.
Alderman Reilly Commends the Polk Family on their Legacy Gift to Navy Pier
July 18, 2014
L to R: Howard Polk, Sandra Polk Guthman, Bruce Bachmann from Polk
Bros. Foundation Board of Directors; Marilynn Gardner, Navy Pier; Mayor
Emanuel; Bill Brodsky, Navy Pier; and Alderman Reilly. Credit - Greg
Keith Porter Imagery)
Reilly was honored to participate in the announcement made earlier this
week for Navy Pier's $20 million Legacy Gift from Chicago's legendary
donation will contribute to the dramatic transformation of the Pier,
and marks marks the single largest private gift ever made to Navy Pier
in its nearly 100-year history.
The Polk family gift will
support the redevelopment of Navy Pier's 13 acre entrance - Gateway Park
- and its new fountain, promenade and exciting performance lawns. The
Polk family's generosity will be recognized by naming various elements
in the new Polk Bros Park, which will serve as Navy Pier's green front
door, inviting the public into a revitalized Pier.
As part of Polk Bros Park, the main promenade connecting the city with
Navy Pier will be widened and enhanced with a Welcome Pavilion, which
will house Park amenities, such as bicycle and skate rental. The new
Polk Bros Park also will include two magnificent new performance spaces
at its southern end to host live arts and culture events against the
backdrop of the lake and spectacular Chicago skyline.
To read the full press release, see renderings and learn more about the Polk Family's commitment to Chicago, click here.
Alderman Reilly Interview on Chicago Tonight
June 20, 2014
June 10th, Alderman Reilly appeared as a guest on WTTW's Chicago
Tonight, with two of his City Council colleagues: Alderman Michele Smith
(43rd Ward) and Alderman George Cardenas (12th Ward), to discuss the
pension reform bill signed by Governor Pat Quinn.
A video of the interview is posted on the WTTW website.
Reilly looks forward to working with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City
Council to continue to assemble a roadmap to navigate the City of
Chicago through this very real pension crisis.
Alderman Reilly Unveils New Bronze Signs on Cultural Mile
June 20, 2014
Reilly recently participated in the Chicago Cultural Mile Association's
official ribbon cutting and unveiling of the two bronze signs
designation Michigan Avenue from Wacker to Roosevelt: Chicago Cultural
new signage, on both ends of the Chicago Cultural Mile, spotlights one
of the richest cultural, commercial and educational districts in the
nation. The Chicago Cultural Mile is Michigan Avenue from the Chicago
River south to Roosevelt Road, extending eastward to the Museum Campus.
Alderman congratulated the Chicago Cultural Mile for their work to
recruit stakeholders along the Michigan Avenue corridor south of the
Chicago River to join the organization and discussed his support for the
Cultural Mile. "It has been a pleasure working with the Chicago
Cultural Mile and their members to raise awareness of the many fantastic
tourism attractions, retail opportunities and dining destinations on
Michigan Avenue, south of the River. There is a renewed sense of
community spirit and collaboration along the Cultural Mile and I think
that new energy will translate into a higher aesthetic for the corridor
which residents, visitors and tourists are sure to notice and
For more information about the Chicago Cultural Mile Association and its programs and links to partner websites, please visit chicagoculturalmile.org. To read the official press release, click here.
Proposed "Breakwater" Entertainment Barge Not a Good Fit for Downtown Lakefront
June 14, 2014
week, a local businessman unveiled a controversial proposal to anchor a
300-foot by 100-foot, "Breakwater" floating entertainment barge in Lake
Michigan, approximately one mile off the Chicago Lakefront somewhere
between Erie Street and Navy Pier.
Earlier this year, Alderman
Reilly met with the owners to learn more about their concept. Although
the proposal is still in the conceptual stage, Alderman Reilly informed
the "Breakwater" owners that he does not support anchoring this
entertainment barge along the Chicago Lakefront between Oak Street Beach
and Balbo along the Grant Park shoreline.
According to ownership, the
vessel would have a capacity to hold 1,000-2,000 people and would
include outdoor party decks, swimming pools and several taverns serving
alcohol to patrons. The concept presented to the Alderman included DJs,
live music, parties and special events - with patrons depending upon
water taxi service or private watercraft in order to access the venue.
Alderman Reilly and City
public safety officials are concerned this large entertainment vessel
could risk the safety of patrons and other boaters. The Alderman
questions the wisdom of offering boaters an "entertainment venue" in
Lake Michigan where they can consume alcoholic beverages in a party
atmosphere while operating watercraft. Typically boating and alcohol do
not make a good mix.
In addition to public safety
concerns, Alderman Reilly believes this project could present a
quality-of-life concern for Lakefront residents due to the noise impact
of such a large entertainment complex near the Chicago shoreline.
Unfortunately, sound carries extremely well over bodies of water, as
residents on Lake Shore Drive can report from their experience with past
loud parties in the "Playpen" breakwater.
The tens of thousands of
downtown residents who live along the Chicago Lakefront downtown would
be directly impacted by this proposal. The addition of an entertainment
vessel in close proximity to the downtown Lakefront would likely
negatively impact quality-of-life for thousands of residents nearby.
Alderman Reilly works hard
to support new businesses opening in downtown Chicago, but some
proposals are not always a good fit for the residential and mixed-use
density in the downtown core. Although this proposal may merit
consideration at another location on Lake Michigan, Alderman Reilly
cannot support siting the "Breakwater" entertainment vessel along
Alderman Reilly Announces A. Montgomery Ward Dog Park Construction
June 6, 2014
Alderman Reilly is pleased to announce that construction has begun for a new and improved dog park at A. Montgomery Ward Park, located at 630 N. Kingsbury St. The Alderman initiated this request over a year ago and was able to secure funding for the project with Tax Increment Financing (TIF).
area (DFA) has already been a hidden gem of the River North
neighborhood, offering residents and visitors an open space where dogs
can play and interact, leash-free, in a fenced-off open space. While
the DFA is the responsibility of the Chicago Park District to maintain, Alderman Reilly's office works closely with the Chicago Department of Streets & Sanitation and the Chicago Park District to ensure it is kept in good condition.
Alderman Reilly co-hosted a community meeting with the River North Residents
Association last September 24, 2013, to provide neighbors an opportunity
to review the Park District's plans in advance.
Upcoming improvements include a new entry into the dog park, along with new fencing, dog-friendly running surfaces, retaining walls to keep gravel in place, a drinking fountain (complete with a water source at dog-level), as well as sewage and rainwater drainage systems. Humans will enjoy new benches in the park, and ADA accessibility. Once the improvements are complete, A. Montgomery Ward Park will be one of the best dog parks in the entire City of Chicago.
The new dog park is expected to be completed by the end of June (weather permitting).
Alderman Reilly and Max and Buster, the Alderdogs of the 42nd Ward, are looking forward to celebrating the opening of the new dog park at an upcoming community event. Stay tuned to future Reilly Reports for updates on this exciting neighborhood amenity!
Victory! High-Rise Sprinkler Mandate Defeated in Springfield. State Fire Marshal Abandons Controversial, Costly Regulations
June 3, 2014
Alderman Reilly is pleased to report that the Illinois State Fire Marshal has abandoned his plan to impose a high-rise sprinkler mandate through administrative rule-making. As previously reported in Reilly Reports, the State Fire Marshal tried to circumvent the General Assembly by advancing the high-rise sprinkler mandate through the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).
State Representative Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) countered by introducing House Bill 4609, which would require any sprinkler mandates to be first vetted by the entire General Assembly. The legislation would also establish a Sprinkler Task Force to debate the issue through 2016.
in part to overwhelming response from high-rise residents, the State
Fire Marshal has agreed to work with the Illinois General Assembly to
pass fire sprinkler installation laws through
the legislative process. Because the Fire Marshal has agreed to work
through the General Assembly on sprinkler-related issues, House Bill 4609 has been placed on hold. Click here to read Illinois Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis' official statement.
Reilly is grateful to Representative Feigenholtz for her leadership on
behalf of Chicago high-rise residents. The Alderman thanks all 42nd Ward
residents and stakeholders who joined him in signing Rep. Feigenholtz's Lakefront Coalition for Responsible Fire Sprinkler Policy Petition, which collected more than 8,000 signatures over the past several weeks.
Thanks to your advocacy, any future proposed sprinkler regulations will be routed through the full democratic process in the
General Assembly, requiring passage by majorities in both the House and
Senate and then signed into law by the Governor. This change will ensure
ample transparency, public debate and legislative approval of any
future sprinkler proposals.
Alderman Reilly Establishes Five New Food Truck Stands in the 42nd Ward
May 30, 2014
Earlier this week, the Chicago City Council voted to approve Alderman Reilly's ordinance to create additional food truck stands in the 42nd Ward. Chicago's food truck operators now have five additional mobile food vehicle stand locations to operate from in downtown Chicago.
Similar to a traditional loading zone, these dedicated stands will help food truck operators park safely in high-congestion areas where parking is scarce. There will now be 30 dedicated food truck zones throughout Chicago.
The 5 additional food truck stands will be installed within the side of the block where each of the following addresses is located:
200 S. LaSalle Street
151 N. Franklin Street
185 N. Upper Columbus Drive
300 S. Wabash Avenue
105 E. Monroe Street
Food truck operators are now permitted to prepare "food to order" on board their trucks and have the opportunity to park for free in these proposed "food truck stands" in highly congested areas, as well as legal metered spaces that are 200 feet from a retail food establishment.
Each food truck will be able to park at one food stand or other legal parking spot for up to two hours.