In January of this year, I was appointed by Gov. Quinn to the Illinois Elevator Safety Review Board. This board is a division of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and regulates all elevators in the state of Illinois outside the city of Chicago.

While the activities of this state board may seem mundane, its regulations can have a profound financial impact on real estate and condominium owners whose buildings have elevators (readers may remember the public outrage of 2008 over regulations passed by this board). Therefore, it behooves citizens to be aware of the existence and activities of the elevator safety and review board.

The board was created in 2003 by then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who appointed Frank Christensen chairman. Christensen was at that time president of the Elevator
Constructors Local 2; he is today the local’s business manager. He was reappointed chairman of the board by Gov. Quinn.

The board consists of 17 members who represent a variety of constituents (i.e., five from the elevator industry, three from the fire service community, and one representative each from the general public, people with physical disabilities, senior citizens, condominium owners, building managers or owners, institutions of higher learning, Cook County, a county other than Cook, and municipalities with various populations).

I represent condominium owners. I am also president of the Exempt Our Elevator Advocacy Group, which is a consumer advocacy group. Our next quarterly meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at the River Forest United Methodist Church, 7070 Lake, River Forest. Our meetings are open to the public.

Al Popowits
River Forest

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