fire safety

Paul Henson

A man who just retired as Chief of a volunteer fire department in rural Lee County says he would not change a thing about his lengthy tenure, despite some very difficult experiences.

Legislation requiring all college dorms in Illinois to have sprinklers installed within the next couple years is one of four new fire safety bills Governor Pat Quinn signed into law.

The bill beefs up past legislation by instituting tougher penalties for post-secondary schools that don't comply. That includes a $1,000 per day fine if sprinklers are not installed by September 1, 2014.