(Chicago) – Extra: Senate President John Cullerton‘s hair is on fire.
Cullerton today sent a fiery letter to Illinois Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis and “urged” him to withdraw his proposed rule to require all high-rise buildings in Illinois to be retrofitted with sprinkler systems.
Cullerton’s Chicago lakefront district, which is littered with high-rise buildings, is ablaze with anger over the costly idea.
Matkaitis has drafted the rule for consideration by the legislature’s Joint Committee on Legislative Rules. The low-profile but powerful committee could vote to adopt the Marshal’s plan, bypassing the Illinois General Assembly.
Cullerton threatened that he would order the three Senate Democrats serving on the committee to vote “no” if Matkaitis refuses to heed the senate president’s request.
Cullerton’s letter comes on the heels of another letter sent today, this one to Governor Pat Quinn by State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), urging Quinn to douse his Fire Marshal’s idea.
With such high level opposition, Matkaitis’ idea is likely to go up in smoke.