Illinois to Enforce Current Fire Code for Chicago High Rises

Owners of Chicago high-rises built before 1975 were given extra time to retrofit their buildings to meet the current code, but the city has passed a January 1, 2015 deadline for compliance. No further extensions will be granted, and any buildings that are not up to code will be taken to court, with estimated fines ranging from $1,000 – $2,500 per day. While the fines may seem steep, the current ordinances have been in effect for nine years and officials are tasking building owners to step up or pay up.