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Through October 28, 2015

February 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago City Council has made changes to the following sections of the Chicago Municipal Code.

Added
Chapter 3-47 Chicago Liquid Nicotine Product Tax
4-4-045 Pre-License Issuance — Proximity Restriction Measurement — Application — Fee (General Licensing Provisions)
4-64-245 Nonrenewal of Licenses (Tobacco Dealers)
4-64-246 Effect of Nonrenewal (Tobacco Dealers)
7-28-236 City Refuse Collection — Fee (Health Nuisances)
9-80-250 Operation of Uninsured Motor Vehicle — Penalties (Miscellaneous Rules)
9-100-055 Requests for Administrative Adjudication (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations )
9-104-170 Taxi Chauffeur Rebate Program (Public Chauffeurs)
10-36-145 Chicago Riverwalk (Parks, Playgrounds and Airports)
10-36-265 Transportation Network Drivers (Parks, Playgrounds and Airports)
10-36-267 Transportation Network Provider — Operation at Airports (Parks, Playgrounds and Airports)
10-36-268 Transportation Network Provider — Conducting a Study (Parks, Playgrounds and Airports)

Deleted
9-112-350 Public Chauffeur Continuing Education Requirement (Taxicabs)
10-36-145 Hours of Operation (Parks, Playgrounds and Airports)
11-12-470 Cash Refunds (Water Supply)

Amended
1-4-090 Definitions for Code Provisions (Code Adoption — Organization)
2-14-132 Impoundment (Department of Administrative Hearings)
2-25-050 Powers and Duties of the Department (Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection)
2-32-210 Comptroller — Annual Statement Requirements (Department of Finance)
2-32-1300 Riverwalk Fund (Department of Finance)
2-51-050 Commissioner of Fleet and Facility Management — Powers and Duties (Department of Fleet and Facility Management)
2-68-030 Chief Information Officer — Powers and Duties (Department of Business and Information Services)
2-92-380 Contracts Restrictions — Disclosure of Debts to City — Outstanding Parking Violations (Department of Purchases, Contracts and SUpplies)
2-102-030 Commissioner — Powers and Duties (Department of Transportation)
2-152-150 Applicants for Employment — Disclosure of Indebtedness to City (Officers and Employees)
3-4-186 Annual Returns (Uniform Revenue Procedures)
3-12-030 Unified Statement of Charges (Sewer Revenue Fund)
3-12-050 Senior Citizens Exempted When (Sewer Revenue Fund)
3-12-070 Late Payment Penalty (Sewer Revenue Fund)
3-12-080 City’s Authority not Limited (Sewer Revenue Fund)
3-32-020 Definitions (Chicago Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax)
3-32-030 Tax Imposed (Chicago Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax)
3-32-050 Exempt Leases, Rentals or Uses (Chicago Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax)
3-46-020 Definitions (Chicago Ground Transportation Tax)
3-46-030 Tax Imposed (Chicago Ground Transportation Tax)
3-46-064 Underserved Areas (Chicago Ground Transportation Tax)
3-56-050 Fees — Late Fees (Wheel Tax License)
3-56-155 Counterfeit Wheel Tax License Emblems — Impoundment (Wheel Tax License)
3-92-020 Definitions (Chicago Property Tax Limitation Ordinance)
4-4-310 Public Way — Maintenance — Littering Prohibited — Snow and Ice Removal (General Licensing Provisions)
4-6-060 Tattooing, Body Piercing and Tanning Facilities (Regulated Business License)
4-6-080 Adult Family Care Center (Regulated Business License)
4-6-190 Board-Up Company (Regulated Business License)
4-6-230 Booting of Motor Vehicles (Regulated Business License)
4-6-250 Expeditor Company (Regulated Business License)
4-6-260 Expeditor/Natural Person (Regulated Business License)
4-6-280 Home Repair (Regulated Business License)
4-6-290 Bed-and-Breakfast Establishment (Regulated Business License)
4-6-300 Vacation Rentals (Regulated Business License)
4-8-036 License — Application and Category — Mobile Food Vendors (Food Establishments)
4-8-037 Restrictions on Mobile Food Vendors (Food Establishments)
4-8-040 License — Application (Food Establishments)
4-28-060 Insurance — Required (Cold Storage Establishments)
4-36-090 Proof of Insurance — Required (Licensing of General Contractors)
4-36-120 Duties (Licensing of General Contractors)
4-60-073 Lakefront Venue Liquor Licenses — Special Conditions (Liquor Dealers — Partial)
4-60-074 Riverwalk Venue Liquor Licenses — Special Conditions (Liquor Dealers — Partial)
4-64-180 Prohibited Locations (Tobacco Dealers)
4-64-191 Certain Transactions Prohibited (Tobacco Dealers)
4-64-240 Revocation of Licenses (Tobacco Dealers)
4-64-330 Fines (Tobacco Dealers)
4-64-331 Underage Tobacco Violations — Civil Penalty (Tobacco Dealers)
4-68-150 Insurance (Ambulances)
4-75-080 Insurance — Required (Children’s Services Facilities)
4-83-070 Insurance — Required (Heliports)
4-156-020 Tax Imposed (Amusements)
4-156-600 License — Application — Deadline (Amusements)
4-156-620 Insurance — Required (Amusements)
4-232-070 Issuance Conditions (Motor Vehicle Storage and Sales)
4-236-010 Definitions (Parking Lot and Garage Operation Tax)
4-236-020 Tax Imposed (Parking Lot and Garage Operation Tax)
7-12-170 License Fees (Animal Care and Control)
7-12-300 Ban of Unlicensed Possession of Animals for Slaughter (Animal Care and Control)
7-28-200 Definitions (Health Nuisances)
7-28-220 Duty to Provide Refuse Containers and Service (Health Nuisances)
7-28-225 Duty to Provide Compactors (Health Nuisances)
7-28-240 Refuse Removal (Health Nuisances)
7-38-500 Unlicensed Premises — Slaughtering Permitted When (Food Establishments — Sanitary Operating Requirements)
9-4-010 Definitions (Traffice Definitions and General Provisions)
9-8-010 Authorized — Compliance Required (Traffic Control Devices and Signals)
9-64-160 Curb Loading Zones (Parking Regulations)
9-68-020 Residential Parking Permits (Restricted Parking — Permits and Regulations)
9-68-030 Loading Zones and Prohibited Parking Spaces (Restricted Parking — Permits and Regulations)
9-72-070 Special Permits (Size and Weight Limits)
9-72-090 Deposits for Compliance Violations (Size and Weight Limits)
9-76-230 Use of Mobile Telephones (Vehicle Equipment)
9-80-220 False, Stolen or Altered Temporary Registration Permits (Miscellaneous Rules)
9-92-080 Release Procedure for Impounded Vehicles (Impounding and Relocation of Vehicles)
9-100-010 Purpose — Scope — Adoption of Rules and Regulations (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-030 Prima Facie Responsibility for Violation and Penalty — Parking, Standing or Compliance Violation Issuance and Removal (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-040 Violation Notices — Contents, Distribution and Recordkeeping (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-045 Notice of Violation — Automated Speed Enforcement System and Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System Violations (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-050 Determination of Liability (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-060 Grounds for Contesting a Violation (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-070 Administrative Correspondence Hearing — Procedure (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-080 Administrative In-Person Hearings — Procedure (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-090 Hearing — Determination of Liability or of no Liability — Petition (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-100 Notice of Final Determination (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-101 Installment Payment Plan (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-105 Early Payment Installment Plans (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-110 Liability of City Employees for Certain Violations (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-111 Officers and Employees of Law Enforcement Agencies (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-120 Immobilization Program (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-130 Driver’s License Suspension (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-150 Owner of Vehicle not Liable for Violations When in Custody of Valet (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-104-030 Application — Qualifications (Public Chauffeurs)
9-104-070 License — Defacement — Fee (Public Chauffeurs)
9-104-080 License Issuance, Renewal (Public Chauffeurs)
9-108-080 Insurance — Required (Horse-Drawn Carriages)
9-110-080 Insurance — Required (Pedicabs)
9-112-150 License Fees and Terms (Taxicabs)
9-112-210 Records and Reports (Taxicabs)
9-112-230 Tiered Lease Rate Structure (Taxicabs)
9-112-330 Insurance (Taxicabs)
9-112-430 License and Other Taxicab Industry License Transfers (Taxicabs)
9-112-570 Taxicab Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles and Centralized Wheelchair Accessible Dispatch (Taxicabs)
9-112-600 Taxicab Rates of Fare — Revision (Taxicabs)
9-114-170 Insurance (Public Passenger Vehicles other than Taxicabs)
9-114-265 Fare Rates Higher than Regular Rates (Public Passenger Vehicles other than Taxicabs)
9-115-040 Transportation Network Provider License — Fee and License Term (Transportation Network Providers)
9-115-090 Transportation Network Provider License — Insurance Required (Transportation Network Providers)
9-115-100 Transportation Network Vehicles — Ownership and Standards (Transportation Network Providers)
9-115-110 Transportation Network Vehicles — Inspections (Transportation Network Providers)
9-115-120 Transportation Network Vehicles — Distinctive Signage and Emblem (Transportation Network Providers)
9-115-120 Transportation Network Vehicles — Distinctive Signage and Emblem (Transportation Network Providers)
9-115-140 Transportation Network Service — Accessibility and Accessibility Fund (Transportation Network Providers)
9-115-150 Transportation Network Drivers — Requirements (Transportation Network Providers)
9-115-180 Operating Regulations (Transportation Network Providers)
10-8-180 Snow and Ice Removal (Use of Public Ways and Places)
10-8-190 Liability for Civil Damages (Use of Public Ways and Places)
10-8-330 Parade (Use of Public Ways and Places)
10-8-335 Outdoor Special Events (Use of Public Ways and Places)
10-8-340 Donation of Promotional Decorative Lightpole Banners and Decorations (Use of Public Ways and Places)
10-20-115 Insurance Required for License (Work On and Under Public Ways)
10-20-410 Permit Application — Insurance Required (Work On and Under Public Ways)
10-20-415 Application — Insurance — Notice — Appeal (Work On and Under Public Ways)
10-20-420 Permit Classes and Fees (Work On and Under Public Ways)
10-20-510 Nonstandard Surface Material (Work On and Under Public Ways)
10-20-545 Sidewalk Ramps (Work On and Under Public Ways)
10-28-015 Public Way Use Permits — Application and Issuance (Structures On and Under Public Ways)
10-28-030 Unlawful to Place Ice and or Snow on Public Way (Structures On and Under Public Ways)
10-28-281.2 Permit Required (Structures On and Under Public Ways)
10-28-660 Permit — Application — Conditions (Structures On and Under Public Ways)
10-28-710 Benches Without Advertising — Benches Prohibited When (Structures On and Under Public Ways)
10-28-760 Newsracks — Installation; Maintenance (Structures On and Under Public Ways)
10-28-794 Permit — Liability Insurance (Structures On and Under Public Ways)
10-28-799 Dumpsters/Roll Off Boxes on the Public Way (Structures On and Under Public Ways)
10-28-815 Insurance Required (Structures On and Under Public Ways)
10-32-080 Issuance of Permit (Trees, Plants and Shrubs)
10-40-091 Insurance Requirements (Chicago Harbour)
11-12-010 Definitions (Water Supply)
11-12-330 Liability for Charges (Water Supply)
11-12-340 Metered Service — Billing (Water Supply)
11-12-420 Payment of Nonmetered Charges (Water Supply)
11-12-480 Delinquent Payments (Water Supply)
11-12-650 Applications (Water Supply)
13-20-090 Inspection of Amusement Park Devices — Permit — Fees (Building Inspections)
13-20-700 Posting of Bonds (Building Inspections)
13-32-300 Payment to Comptroller — When (Building Permits)
13-32-310 Permit Fees — Computation (Building Permits)
13-56-160 Class G-2, Moderate Hazard Industrial Units (Classification of Buildings by Occupancy)
15-4-330 Bonds (Bureau of Fire Prevention)
15-4-550 Fireworks (Bureau of Fire Prevention)
15-24-530 Distilling and Condensing Plants (Flammable Liquids)

Through September 24, 2015

January 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago City Council has made changes to the following sections of the Chicago Municipal Code.

Added
2-32-525 Minimum Credit Quality (Department of Finance)
2-32-610 Treasurer’s Reviews and Reports (Department of Finance)
7-38-148 Mobile Prepaid Food Vendor (Food Establishments — Sanitary Operating Requirements)
10-36-345 Lactation Accommodation — Required (Parks, Playgrounds and Airports)
17-13-0905-F Parking Reductions for Transit-Served Locations (Review and Approval Procedures)

Repealed
17-8-0516 Floor Area Increases for Transit-Served Locations (Planned Developments)

Amended
2-32-520 Authorized Classes of Securities (Department of Finance)
2-45-115 2015 Affordable Requirements (Department of Housing and Economic Development)
4-5-010 Establishment of License Fees (License Fees for Title 4 Licenses)
4-8-010 Definitions (Food Establishments)
4-8-020 Licensing Requirements — Exceptions (Food Establishments)
4-8-036 License — Application and Category — Mobile Food Vendors (Food Establishments)
4-60-074 Riverwalk Venue Liquor Licenses — Special Conditions (Liquor Dealers)
4-232-200 Location (Motor Vehicle Storage and Sales)
7-38-075 Mobile Food Vendor Vehicles (Food Establishments — Sanitary Operating Requirements)
7-38-090 Refrigeration and Heating Equipment (Food Establishments — Sanitary Operating Requirements)
7-38-115 Operational Requirements (Food Establishments — Sanitary Operating Requirements)
7-38-120 Name and License Number (Food Establishments — Sanitary Operating Requirements)
7-38-124 Refuse Receptacles (Food Establishments — Sanitary Operating Requirements)
7-38-126 Inspections (Food Establishments — Sanitary Operating Requirements)
7-38-130 Preparation and Service of Food and Drink (Food Establishments — Sanitary Operating Requirements)
7-38-140 Mobile Desserts Vendor (Food Establishments — Sanitary Operating Requirements)
9-64-170 Parking Restrictions — Special Types of Vehicles — Exceptions (Parking Regulations)
17-3-0402-B MLA Reduction for Transit-Served Locations (Business and Commercial Districts)
17-3-0403-B FAR Increase for Transit-Served Locations (Business and Commercial Districts)
17-3-0403-C Additional FAR Increases for On-Site Affordable Housing Limits in Transit-Served Locations (Business and Commercial Districts)
17-3-0408-B Building Height Increases for Transit-Served Locations (Business and Commercial Districts)
17-3-0410-B Exception (Business and Commercial Districts)
17-3-0503-D Pedestrian Streets and Pedestrian Retail Streets (Business and Commercial Districts)
17-3-0503-E Pedestrian Streets and Pedestrian Retail Streets (Business and Commercial Districts)
17-4-0404-C MLA Reduction for Transit-Served Locations (Downtown Districts)
17-4-0405-C FAR Increase for Transit-Served Locations (Downtown Districts)
17-4-0405-D Additional FAR Increases for On-Site Affordable Housing Limits in Transit-Served Locations (Downtown Districts)
17-10-0102-B Transit-Served Locations (Parking and Loading)

Transit-Oriented Development and Waking up from the American Dream

December 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Six-way intersections. Highway-adjacent playgrounds. Railway grade crossings. Urban planning is one of those practices one might not notice until encountering a poor example of it. While the frustration of a long commute may annoy the lay person, urban planning wonks know that the ways we arrange and interact with our built environment can have powerful impacts.

One emerging part of the urban planner’s toolbox is transit-oriented development (TOD). As our culture shifts, with more and more people opting to live in dense, urban neighborhoods and renouncing automobiles, the urban landscape must respond.
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Through July 29, 2015

October 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago City Council has made changes to the following sections of the Chicago Municipal Code.

Added
2-120-525 Establishment and Composition (Commissioners and Commissions — Partial)
2-120-530 Powers and Duties (Commissioners and Commissions — Partial)
5-15-110 Rules and Regulations (Single-Room Occupancy Preservation Ordinance)
11-4-725 Dry Cleaning Facilities that Use Perchloroethylene (Environmental Protection and Control)
11-4-728 Motor Vehicle Repair Shops (Environmental Protection and Control)
11-4-2545 Urban Farm Accessory Composting Operation (Environmental Protection and Control)
11-16-020 Care of Sewers, Sewer Structures and Drains (Public Sewers and Drains)
18-29-107 Fines (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-701.8 Notification of Wrecking Buildings and Sealing or Abandoning Sewer Facilities (Plumbing Systems)

Repealed
11-12-300 Water Used in Improvements (Water Supply)
17-9-0102 Amusement Arcades (Use Regulations)
18-29-603.2.2 Permanent Pavement (Plumbing Systems)

Amended
2-156-010 Definitions (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-017 Ethics Officers (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-050 Residence Restrictions (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-060 Unauthorized Use of Real or Personal City Property (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-070 Use or Disclosure of Confidential Information (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-110 Interest in City Business (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-111 Prohibited Conduct (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-140 Solicitation or Acceptance of Political Contributions and Membership on Political Fundraising Committees (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-142 Offering, Receiving and Soliciting of Gifts or Favors (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-143 Employee-to-Employee Gifts (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-150 Statements of Financial Interest (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-160 Content of Statements (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-190 Failure to File Statement by Deadline (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-200 Failure to File Financial Statements — Elected Officials (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-260 Inactive Lobbyists (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-380 Powers and Duties (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-385 Probable Cause Finding (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-392 Hearing on the Merits — Fines (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-396 Request for Reconsideration and Appeal (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-400 Confidentiality (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-402 Waivers (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-445 Limitation on Contributing to Candidates and Elected Officials (Governmental Ethics)
2-156-465 Sanctions (Governmental Ethics)
4-6-230 Booting of Motor Vehicles (Regulated Business License)
4-144-190 Replica Firearms and Pellet Guns (Weapons Dealers)
4-288-030 Application — Qualification for Examination (Crane Operators)
7-28-240 Refuse Removal (Health Nuisances)
7-28-710 Dumping Prohibited (Health Nuisances)
7-28-715 Composting Standards (Health Nuisances)
9-64-170 Parking Restrictions — Special Types of Vehicles — Exceptions (Parking Regulations)
9-68-020 Residential Parking Permits (Restricted Parking — Permits and Regulations)
11-4-040 Permit Issuance or Renewal — Requirements (Environmental Protection and Control)
11-4-250 Definitions (Environmental Protection and Control)
11-4-2530 Permit — Application (Environmental Protection and Control)
11-4-2550 Permit — Fees (Environmental Protection and Control)
11-4-2680 Violation — Penalty (Environmental Protection and Control)
11-12-170 Advancement of Costs (Water Supply)
11-12-190 Authorization of Extensions (Water Supply)
11-12-280 Additional Charges (Water Supply)
11-12-290 Temporary Use of Water from a Hydrant (Water Supply)
11-16-080 Permit — Fees (Public Sewer and Drains)
11-16-170 Materials — General Requirements (Public Sewer and Drains)
11-16-250 Inspection — Fees (Public Sewer and Drains)
17-3-0207 Use Table and Standards (Business and Commercial Districts)
17-9-0103.3 Urban Farm (Use Regulations)
17-9-0103.5 Community Garden (Use Regulations)
17-9-0117 Waste-Related Uses, Recycling Facilities, Mining/Excavation Uses and Coke & Coal Bulk Material Uses (Use Regulations)
17-17-0103 Public and Civic Use Group (Terminology and Measurements)
18-29-202 General Definitions (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-603.2.1 Water Supply Systems Installed Near a Sewer Structure (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-603.2.3 Backfill (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-603.3.2 Connection to Metered Service (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-701.2 Sewer Required (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-701.3 Separate Building Sewer Connection (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-702.1 Above-Ground Sanitary Drainage and Vent Pipe (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-702.2 Underground Building Drainage and Vent Pipe (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-702.3 Building Sewer Pipe (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-702.4 Fittings (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-703.1 Building Sewers, Building Drains or Drainage Systems Installed Near the Water Pipe and Water Supply System (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-703.4.1 Inspection of Existing Underground Building Sewers for Drain and Reuse (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-712.3.2 Sump Pit (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-1003.3.2 Grease, Fats and Oils (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-1003.3.3 Grease Interceptors and Discharge (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-1003.3.4 Construction Materials (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-1003.3.8 Efficiency of Interceptors (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-1003.4 Grease Catch Basins Outside (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-1003.6 Volatile Waste Separator (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-1003.13 Access and Maintenance of Interceptors and Separators (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-1101.2.1 Roof Drainage and Downspouts (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-1101.2.2 Drainage of Areas and Yards (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-1102.4 Building Storm Sewer Standards (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-1102.5 Subsoil Drain Pipe (Plumbing Systems)
18-29-1111.3.2 Construction (Plumbing Systems)

New Facility Targets Tomorrow’s Electricians

October 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

The cost to install alternative energy technology like wind and solar has steadily dropped for the last several years. One consequence of this competitive pricing on renewables is that the next generation of electricians will need revolutionary training in order to install and maintain these revolutionary technologies.

That’s where the IBEW NECA Technical Institute (IN-TECH) comes in. A joint education facility between the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers #134 and the Electrical Contractors Association of Chicago, IN-TECH has graduated thousands of apprentice electricians and enhanced the skills of journeymen.

This September, they cut the ribbon on a renewable energy training field (RETF) at their Alsip campus. There, IN-TECH will prepare union electricians to use the latest sustainable technologies at the country’s largest outdoor training campus of its kind. Read more

Through June 17, 2015

July 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago City Council has made changes to the following sections of the Chicago Municipal Code.

Added
8-4-035 Navy Pier — Restrictions on Alcohol (Public Peace and Welfare)
8-4-037 Vessels Docked Along Navy Pier — Restrictions on Alcohol (Public Peace and Welfare)

Amended
2-32-031 Debt Management Policies; Retention of Rebate Calculation Agents, Financial Advisors, Dissemination Agents and Qualified Independent Representatives (Department of Finance)
4-60-130 Hours of Operation (Liquor Dealers)
4-384-010 Definitions (Animal Care)
8-4-030 Drinking in Public Ways — Exceptions (Public Peace and Welfare)
10-28-820 Review of Application (Structures on and Under Public Ways)
10-28-870 Enforcement (Structures on and Under Public Ways)
10-28-875 Violation — Penalties (Structures on and Under Public Ways)

Through May 6, 2015

July 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago City Council has made changes to the following sections of the Chicago Municipal Code.

Added
Chapter 2-40 Citywide Language Access to Ensure the Effective Delivery Of City Services
3-29-055 Collection Of Tax (Chicago Use Tax for Non-Retail Transfers of Motor Vehicles)
4-4-285 Public Safety Threat — Summary Closure — When Authorized (General Licensing Provisions)
4-228-217 Proper Disposal of Catalytic Converters — Maintenance of Records — Required (Motor Vehicle Repair Shops)

Repealed
9-16-030 Turns on Red Signals (Turning Movements)

Amended
2-102-030 Commissioner — Powers and Duties (Department of Transportation)
2-112-230 Health-Related Agreements With the Chicago Board of Education and Other City of Chicago Schools (Board of Health)
3-29-020 Definitions (Chicago Use Tax for Non-Retail Transfers of Motor Vehicles)
3-29-040 Tax Rate (Chicago Use Tax for Non-Retail Transfers of Motor Vehicles)
3-29-050 Exemptions (Chicago Use Tax for Non-Retail Transfers of Motor Vehicles)
3-29-060 Obligation of Taxpayers to File Returns and Pay Tax (Chicago Use Tax for Non-Retail Transfers of Motor Vehicles)
3-29-070 Rules and Regulations (Chicago Use Tax for Non-Retail Transfers of Motor Vehicles)
3-29-080 Application of Uniform Revenue Procedures Ordinance (Chicago Use Tax for Non-Retail Transfers of Motor Vehicles)
4-6-150 Junk Peddlers (Regulated Business License)
4-6-230 Booting of Motor Vehicles (Regulated Business License)
4-8-040 Special Event Food Licenses (Food Establishments)
4-228-210 Proper Disposal of Unrepairable or Unclaimed Vehicle and Parts Other Than Tires and Catalytic Converters (Motor Vehicle Repair Shops)
4-228-215 Unlawful Acts and Omission (Motor Vehicle Repair Shops)
4-240-150 Prohibited Pledges or Purchases (Pawnbrokers)
4-264-090 Prohibited Purchases (Secondhand Dealers)
9-8-020 Traffic-Control Signal Legend (Traffic Control Devices and Signals)
9-100-050 Determination of Liability (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-060 Grounds for Adjudication by Mail or Administrative Hearing (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-090 Hearing — Determination of Liability or of No Liability — Petition (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-100-101 Installment Payment Plans (Administrative Adjudication of Parking, Compliance, Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System or Automated Speed Enforcement System Violations)
9-101-020 Automated Speed Enforcement System Violation — Speed Limit (Establishment of Automated Speed Enforcement Program)
9-102-010 Purpose — Establishment of Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System (Automated Red Light Camera Program)
9-102-020 Automated Traffic Law Enforcement System Violation (Automated Red Light Camera Program)
9-102-040 Standards of Operation — Compliance With Statute (Automated Red Light Camera Program)
10-8-335 Outdoor Special Events (Use of Public Ways and Places)
10-28-064 Advertising Signs (Structures on and Under Public Ways)
11-4-2657 Prohibited Activities (Environmental Protection and Control)
11-4-2660 Rules and Regulations Authorized (Environmental Protection and Control)
16-16-030 Definitions (Adult Use Ordinance)

Chicago Names New Heads to Building Department and Public Building Commission

May 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s second term has started with a little bit of department head shuffling. Felicia Davis has been named the Executive Director of the Public Building Commission (PBC) and Judy Frydland is the new Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB). Erin Lavin Cabonargi, the current PBC Executive Director, will soon transition to a job in the private sector.
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The Right Window Means a New Lease on Life … and New Leases

March 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

The elder sibling of Prudential Plaza turns 60 this year. As a birthday gift, it’s getting a $100 million upgrade which includes new mechanical systems, a 10,000 square foot outdoor deck and other improvements. The most extensive change, however, is hidden in plain sight: the replacement of every window in the building’s façade.
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Waste Management’s Dirty Little Secret

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By Linda Seggelke

The hauling and handling of garbage is a job that few of us really want to think about. But we should, because the industry has a huge potential to increase landfill diversion, resource conservation, material reuse and, perhaps most importantly, jobs.
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