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Chicago’s System For Elevator Safety Is Failing At Public Housing

Nearly 6,000 low-income seniors live in buildings owned by the Chicago Housing Authority. But a WBEZ and the Better Government Association investigation found that the CHA is chronically neglecting its responsibilities to keep elevators in its building safe and reliable. Those responsibilities include making sure required inspections and safety tests are done, and that maintenance happens. When those things don’t happen, elevators break down and, too often, seniors are trapped—in their apartments and sometimes in the elevators.

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An illustration of the inside of an elevator, with an outdated inspection certificate hanging on the wall

Brian Fabry Dorsam, for BGA

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