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This ordinance: expands the size limit on community gardens to 25,000 square feet; relaxes fencing and parking requirements on larger commercial urban farms in order to hold down overhead costs for entrepreneurs and community organizations that launch and maintain these enterprises; allows for hydroponic and aquaponic systems and keeping honey bees under set conditions; and creates green jobs and provide fresh produce in communities.
This ordinance authorizes composting of organic waste or land application of composted organic waste; sets standards for composting; exempts certain composting from permit requirements; and declares every composting operation in violation of this ordinance a nuisance subject to penalty.
A list of possible user fee taxes local governments could use to raise revenue prepared by the Illinois Municipal Treasures Asocciation.
A report on urban flooding awareness in the state of Illinois.
This act establshes the Chicago building energy benchmarking program.
This ordinance requires an owner of a vacant building to register the building with the city within thirty days of the building becoming vacant. The owner must renew this registration every six months until the building is no longer vacant. The registration includes a fee, but the fee does not apply to buildings that are eleemosynary, religious, educational, benevolent, governmental, or charitable non-profits. After registering the building, the owner will permit the city access to it in order to conduct exterior and interior inspections to determine if the building is in compliance with the municipal code. The intention of this ordinance is to reduce the negative effects of blight caused by foreclosed, vacant properties that are often owned by banks or lenders.
This model law requires a person who wants to own, possess, purchase, or otherwise acquire a firearm to have a firearm owners\\\' safety certificate. To be eligible for the certificate, applicants must complete a firearm safety training course, pass a safety course exam, receive live firing instruction, and complete a self-handling demonstration. The law includes a safe storage provision that requires firearms to be stored unloaded and locked. Included in this provision, is a requirement that gun owners report the loss or theft of a firearm to law enforcement. This model applies to local governments in Illinois. This document also includes a section that outlines common legal challenges to gun control laws.
This ordinance creates the Chicago Infrastructure Trust. The trust is a public-private partnership that uses private investments to pay for public infrastructure projects. The Trust is a non-profit organization that will provide funding and credit support to qualifying city infrastructure projects, attract private investments for these infrastructure project, make grants to qualifying projects, and provide transparency with the infrastructure funding process. The ordinance also creates a board of directors and determines the composition and powers of the board.
Fact sheet supporting Chicago\'s energy benchmarking program.
Americans are becoming increasingly overweight and obese. During the past four decades, the obesity rate for children ages 6 to 11 has more than quadrupled, and more than tripled for adolescents. The negative consequences of obesity, including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, make it a major public health problem. Approximately $79 billion is spent each year for over-weight and obesity, with about one-half of these costs paid by Medicare and Medicaid.