Fire marshal’s absence touches off furor at meeting on sprinklers

Listen to CBS Chicago’s radio report on what happened at a meeting held to discuss the possible implementation of Life Safety Code changes that would mandate fire sprinklers in high rise buildings and new residential construction.

Those attending the forum wanted to give Illinois Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis their opinion on the change, which would have to be approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. When a representative of the office came instead, the mood turned ugly.

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Jon Broadbooks is Director of Communications for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. He supervises and carries out the implementation of the communications programs for the Association. He directs and supervises the Communications staff. He is responsible for coordinating and implementing the public relations and media relations efforts for the Association and acts as spokesperson and liaison to the statewide news media. He serves as editor of online and print content for IAR communications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and e-newsletters. He conducts IAR spokesperson training seminars and oversees the operation of website development for the Association.

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