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Chicago’s Department of Buildings’ Complaint Response Times Pose Health and Safety Risks to the Public

CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—April 10, 2018

Contact: Natalie Kuriata

A report released today by the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the City of Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) had a backlog of over 5,000 complaints, some dating back to 2013, almost 200 of which described serious health and safety hazards. Potential hazards included blocked exits, seniors’ homes without water, bricks falling onto a sidewalk used by schoolchildren, and mouse, rat, mold, and bed bug infestations. OIG’s audit found that DOB met its department response deadline for only 36 . . .

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