The information is shared from the City of Chicago. The below info is current as of November 2018.
Your responsibility in removing snow and ice from the sidewalks
Increase awareness of sidewalk snow removal laws
Sidewalk Snow Removal Door Hangers
Report locations that DO NOT clear sidewalks to 311
Frequently Asked Questions About Sidewalk Snow Removal
# The above information is from: City of Chicago, CDOT at:
Chicago Snow Corps - connects volunteers with residents in need of snow removal – such as seniors and residents with disabilities.
* this is a reposted page, with updates as available.
|Chicago 2014 Winter - Jim Watkins.|
CIVIL IMMUNITIES [Illinois Compiled Statutes]
(745 ILCS 75/) Snow and Ice Removal Act.
(745 ILCS 75/1) (from Ch. 70, par. 201)Sec. 1. It is declared to be the public policy of this State that owners and others residing in residential units be encouraged to clean the sidewalks abutting their residences of snow and ice. The General Assembly, therefore, determines that it is undesirable for any person to be found liable for damages due to his or her efforts in the removal of snow or ice from such sidewalks, except for acts which amount to clear wrongdoing, as described in Section 2 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 81-591.)
(745 ILCS 75/2) (from Ch. 70, par. 202)Sec. 2. Any owner, lessor, occupant or other person in charge of any residential property, or any agent of or other person engaged by any such party, who removes or attempts to remove snow or ice from sidewalks abutting the property shall not be liable for any personal injuries allegedly caused by the snowy or icy condition of the sidewalk resulting from his or her acts or omissions unless the alleged misconduct was willful or wanton.
(Source: P.A. 81-591.)
The rules of snow shoveling in Chicago
Fox News Chicago | By Lisa Chavarria, FOX 32 News Reporter | Jan 30, 2015
Chicago winter's can be rough for anyone, but even more so for pedestrians like Jake Fruend.
"I've fallen a couple of times. You know, it's part of the sport I guess of Chicago in the winter time," said Fruend.
A simple walk home becomes a greater challenge when sidewalks are not shoveled.
"There are times when you're trying to get from A to B and there's just some absurd amount of craziness on the sidewalk that you just can't get past," added Fruend.
The expected weekend snowfall is forcing the city to remind residents and businesses they need to shovel their sidewalks.
Here's how it works: if the snow stops falling before 4 p.m., you have three hours to clear except on Sunday. If the snow stops falling after 4 p.m. or on Sunday, you have until 10 a.m. the next day to clear it.
You may have heard this before, but some may think not shoveling their sidewalks will save them from liability if someone slips and falls in front of their home.
Personal injury attorneys, like Marvet Sweis Drnovsek, add that just isn't the case, thanks to Illinois law.
"There is a law out there that protects them when they shovel their driveway and the adjacent sidewalk. We want people to get in and out of their property, of course. So the law recognizes that and protects them," said Drnovsek.
Drnovsek also said homeowners can only be sued if there is negligence.
"Don't see a patch of ice, cover it up with some snow and leave it and somebody comes and slips. Even as a joke, it's a bad joke, don't do it," she added. "That's where the law comes in and protects pedestrians."
The city will ticket residents for not complying with the ordinance, but only after being warned or after neighbors file a complaint.
Last year the city saw some of the highest amount of tickets issued, primarily because of the amount of snow we saw.
This winter is much more kind-- but for pedestrians, the hope is when it turns ugly, they'll be able to get around.
"I have to walk everywhere all the time, so I'm dealing, I'm dealing with the negligence on a regular basis," added Fruend.
If you need assistance shoveling call 311 to request the city's volunteer assistance.
If you are a senior citizen, or a person with a disability that are not able to remove snow, call you Alderman's office. Many of the Alderman offices will make attempts to assist - especially in election years!!!
# this is a re-post from over the years, the information and links are still current as of re-post date.