Chicago resolution seeks to improve public access to toilets

CHICAGO (AP) – A group of Chicago city council members signed a resolution to improve public access to toilets.

The Chicago Tribune reports that 19 aldermen are supporting Alderman Daniel La Spata’s proposal after a review by the newspaper last fall found large sections of the city had little or no public access to washrooms.

“What is obvious to most people is that this is primarily related to homelessness, but it really is for everyone in Chicago,” La Spata told the Tribune. “Anyone who’s out for a run, any parent who’s been out with their child… and who was in dire need and felt like they had no options, this is a resolution that offers a solution for you. “

The resolution directs the city council to develop a plan to increase the number of customers. More than 20 advocacy groups as well as state officials support the idea.

The portable toilets installed at an “L” station in Jefferson Park this year during a maintenance project were a success, said Democratic State Representative Lindsey LaPointe.

The newspaper review found that most barrier-free public toilets are not open at night or closed during the cold months. The approximately 250 operated by the Chicago Transit Authority are not open to non-passengers.

Police have issued 29,000 tickets since 2016 to people caught relieving themselves outside.

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