SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Statehouse hazards

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014

* Man, what a nightmare….

More than two dozen tourists were stuck in an elevator Sunday in the Illinois State Capitol building. […]

“There were like 25 or 30 people. It was very uncomfortable. Everybody was packed together,” said Pamela Ruzich, a who was visiting the Capitol from Ozark, Illinois. “And just as the elevator took off, there was a loud pop.”

Wait. 25 or 30 people? How the heck did they even squeeze that many people on? The elevators have a weight limit of 5,000 pounds, on a good day, and as many of us know, they don’t often have good days.

* It gets weirder

With no cell phone signal, that left the tour guide to call for help. She picked up the in-elevator phone line, but according to protocol, she is supposed to call the elevator company, rather than the fire department to rescue them from inside the elevator.

“Repeatedly we asked them to call 911 and we were repeatedly told, ‘that’s against our protocol, we’re not doing that,’ and with no cell phone signal, that left us completely helpless,” said Lence.

After about 45 minutes, they took matters into their own hands.

“One of the men finally pried the elevator door open. Someone put their phone into the shaft so we could get signal, and we called the fire department ourselves,” said Lence.

They aren’t allowed to call the fire department? Sheesh.

The fire department responded in a few minutes. All was well and it turns out that actor Jesse Spencer, from the “Chicago Fire” TV show was one of the trapped elevator riders. He took photos with his fellow passengers.

Whew. I kinda feel like Sneed after writing that sentence.

* The incident is prompting a policy evaluation

A spokesman for the secretary of state’s office says current policy prohibiting Statehouse tour guides from calling the fire department in the event of elevator troubles is being reviewed.

Dave Druker said Monday that representatives of the firm contracted to service Capitol building elevators have been notified that they should have arrived sooner when a tour guide called from a stalled elevator with 25 people on board late Sunday morning. […]

Asked why it’s Capitol policy to notify the elevator service firm and not the fire department, Druker said the state “has a contract with the firm that does work on the elevators, and I think they didn’t arrive as quickly as we’d hoped.”

He apologized for the incident.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 10:54 am:

    I’d never get in an elevator with that many people. Too much of a downside.

    I’ll wait for the next one. Or, better yet, take the stairs.

  2. - Norseman - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 10:58 am:

    I’m with Rich, I find it hard to imagine 25 or 30 people fitting in one of those elevators. Maybe the tourists saw the actor and shoved themselves in to be close to the celebrity. Also, you have a celebrity walking with an ordinary tour group. I’m impressed.

  3. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 11:04 am:

    25 to 30 people on the elevator? No wonder it stalled.

  4. - John A Logan - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 11:06 am:

    What in the world? This is crazy…

  5. - roscoe tom - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 11:08 am:

    The logic of the protocol extended. Your house is on fire so should you call your, lawn service first or your mortqage company first. What idiocy! What if something was wrong with someone on the stalled elevator. Jesse, thsi si the state capitol not the old cabrini green.

  6. - Responsa - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 11:11 am:

    ==Asked why it’s Capitol policy to notify the elevator service firm and not the fire department, Druker said the state “has a contract with the firm that does work on the elevators==

    Yeah, way too many people in the cab. But let’s not lose sight of the real issue here–the “contract” protocol that removed all common sense and safety consideration from the equation. Nobody ever foresaw that inserting a middleman into a potential emergency situation was a bum idea?

  7. - OneMan - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 11:16 am:

    To truly be Sneed on this you would need a Burke involved in some way.

    Get it, forget it…

    Also happy Cheap Trick day…

  8. - Norseman - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 11:18 am:

    The Capitol - I always disliked the term State House - is more hazardous than many folks realize. You have pigeons bombarding the entrances. Pieces of the ceiling have fallen on desks and the floor. There is flooding. People have been injured by a falling elevator. The worst problem is all the folks that have upper limb problems from all the arm twisting going on in the building.

    There ought to be a law requiring hard hats and body armor.

  9. - Pete - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 11:32 am:

    Maybe instead of putting in pretty doors the state should have considered a new elevator.

    Too many politicians worry about what’s on the outside and not enough about what’s on the inside.

  10. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 11:33 am:

    ===putting in pretty doors===

    Have you seen those copper doors lately? Not so pretty any more.

  11. - Smoggie - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 11:48 am:

    Here’s my rule for getting on an elevator — how would I feel tucked in this tight if it got stuck?

    We see it here in Chicago at the Daley Center often. People are in a rush to get to court.

    One note on elevator safety — most conventional elevators are pretty safe.

    The problems arise in smaller buildings where you have hydraulic elevators. The safety features on those can be weak.

    Overall, I would rather be trapped 20 stories up in a conventional elevator than three stories up in a hydraulic.

  12. - Urban Girl - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 12:11 pm:

    It is all about money, as with most things. Buildings contract with their elevator companies because they may be charged if the fire department comes out.

  13. - MyTwoCents - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 12:35 pm:

    Unless the elevator company had a crew just a few blocks down the street ready to respond 24/7 that’s a crazy policy. Why make those people wait all that time when the fire department is so close as is?

  14. - Raymond - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 2:24 pm:

    === It is all about money, as with most things. Buildings contract with their elevator companies because they may be charged if the fire department comes out. ===

    That may be the rationale for calling the contractor before dialing 911, but that’s just crazy. This is the Capitol, for crying out loud, and public safety should trump all other considerations - it certainly should trump some goofy protocol with an elevator contractor.

    If they seriously had 25 to 30 people stuck in an elevator (mind boggling to think they stuffed that many people in there), it’s not unreasonable to think somebody may have been at serious risk of a panic attack or worse.

  15. - Chicago Fire - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 3:51 pm:

    I have watched Lt. Casey do dozens of Elevator rescues in Chicago? I mean at least one every other week. If he didn’t save everybody, by himself? I now wonder if the show might be fake?

  16. - Anon - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 4:16 pm:

    Hopefully, Madigan and Rutherford will get stuck on Capitol elevators for 45 minutes. That might give them time to read some reports…

  17. - Sir Reel - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 4:32 pm:

    Could’ve been worse. Quinn could’ve been in it and started talking.

  18. - Laurie Stengler - Tuesday, Apr 1, 14 @ 5:21 pm:

    I think we’re likely to see some of this on a future episode of Chicago Fire. I’m sure it wasn’t fun but would be great material for the show. They just might make a point and that sounds like a good thing to me.

  19. - mikroC PRO for dsPIC serial - Thursday, Apr 3, 14 @ 6:28 am:

    Many thanks for some other beneficial site. The spot more may possibly I get that will style of information and facts developed in such an suitable approach? I have a task that I’m purely currently managing in, and i have been in the looks available to get such information.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Kirk's debate comment called "racist" and "despicable"
* Aldermen behaving badly
* Exelon Caught In $1.4 Billion Tax Dodge - While Making $841 Million In Quarterly Profits
* Illinois Policy Institute claims AFSCME rejecting offers that would benefit state workers
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Durbin "has the support" to stay in Senate leadership slot
* Question of the day
* I don't think this is gonna work as planned
* More like this, please
* Rauner doesn't escape this time
* One of the best ads of 2016
* Asbestos lawyers launch high-dollar ad campaign in appellate race
* Back to the drawing board
* Proft on GOP, Trump and Madigan
* As usual, the blowhard walks it back
* *** UPDATED x1 - LIVE VIDEO *** Kirk taking page from Trump debate playbook
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...






Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge looks dazzling in official promo pics, but you still can’t have it
* Google Allo gets support for split-screen mode, app shortcuts and a ‘Stranger Things’ tie-in
* First Apple Watch Nike+ Unboxing Photos and Videos Appear Online
* iOS 10 adoption proceeds at sluggish pace, Tim Cook stresses Android’s doing worse
* Huawei Mate 9 teased as ‘a step ahead’ in battery life, camera prowess, processor speed
* Samsung’s smartphone vendor dominance unchallenged in Q3, OPPO closed the gap to Huawei
* Google Assistant gains IFTTT support for dozens of custom voice commands

* Unlike some, White Sox still remember 2005
* Eaton named Gold Glove Award finalist
* One possible White Sox future playing out in Toronto
* pnoles' offseason plan
* Three times the 2005 White Sox never happened on Monday
* White Sox developing promising OF prospects
* Josh Nelson's Offseason Plan


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* Meet the man most likely to raise your taxes in.....
* Rauner Republicans face challenges turning Madi.....
* The Wemstroms: Illinois needs solutions that he.....

* EXCHANGE: She got polio as a baby, now on way to stardom
* CTA to run vintage car in advance of Cubs' Series games
* Police evict oil pipeline protesters from private land
* AP News Guide: Pipeline activists swept off private property
* Latest: More than 100 arrests as pipeline protesters moved
* Researchers see bat populations decline in Illinois
* Researchers see bat populations decline in Illinois
* Police evict oil pipeline protesters from private land
* Man cleared in 6-year-old's death gets innocence certificate

* Bobcat hunting opponents seek permits, won't use them
* Opponents emerge against Illinois road fund ballot question
* Feds end lease with Illinois for state park, citing neglect
* Statehouse Insider: Tomorrow's a new day; in Illinois, that may not be good
* Cook County lawyer who posed as judge criminally charged
* 1,100 non-union state workers getting $3,016 bonuses
* Springfield veteran honored for volunteer work
* Central Illinois soldier killed in Afghanistan
* Rauner administration awarding more than $3 million in bonuses to non-union workers
* SIU injury-prevention program reinstated through stopgap budget

* Boeing CEO's goals don't stop at interplanetary travel
* Mammoth energy bill emerges as clock ticks on nuke closures
* Best new steakhouses 2016
* Collectors champing at the bit for champion Cubs collectibles
* George Lucas unveils designs for L.A.-based Museum of Narrative Art

* Clinton, Donald Trump Iowa deadlock: new swing state poll
* Obama guidance, press schedule Oct. 28, 2016. Orlando for Hillary
* Man shot on Eisenhower exit ramp near West Garfield Park
* Driver charged in Milwaukee crash that killed 3 Chicago women
* Man shot on Lake Shore Drive near Grant Park
* Madigan addresses voters confused by mail-in ballots
* 2 killed, 9 wounded in Thursday shootings across Chicago
* 3 shot in Logan Square drive-by
* Dear Abby: Daughter, 5 kids abruptly move in
* Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Oct. 28, 2016

* Chicago shootings: 3 hit in Logan Square, attacks on Eisenhower and Lake Shore
* Police fire pepper spray, bean bags as they oust oil pipeline protesters in N.D.
* Jury awards ex-Penn State assistant Mike McQueary over $7M in defamation case
* Jury acquits armed Oregon occupiers in 'stunning' verdict; defense attorney hit with stun gun, arrested
* Morning Spin: $116K-a-year Chicago alderman apologizes for crying poor on Cubs playoff tickets
* Islamic State is using tens of thousands as human shields in Mosul, U.N. says
* More aggressive Kirk goes after Duckworth in second debate, questions her family's heritage
* Chicago may shake up where it deploys cops after study
* Wrigleyville bars cash in with cover, packages up to $1,250 to watch Cubs on TV

The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.

* Our View: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis deserves third term
* John Bouman: We all suffer from Illinois' budget crisis
* Eugene Robinson: Hillary Clinton is blazing a momentous trail
* George Will: Republican Party needs to revert to nominating Republicans
* Bernard Schoenburg: 9 on Sangamon County Board opt out of pension system
* Bobcat hunting opponents seek permits, won't use them
* Opponents emerge against Illinois road fund ballot question
* Our Opinion: LaHood endorsed in 18th Congressional District
* Leroy Jordan: Race Riot site must be preserved, taught to students
* E.J. Dionne: Trump is not a GOP aberration

* PODCAST: Steve Beckett 10-28-16
* First baby born at B-N birth center
* Homecoming Q&A: Tatyana McFadden
* 2016 Prep Football Playoff Preview: Mahomet-Seymour
* Dimmer future under Clinton
* What's In A Name? Mahomet
* 6 % of Illinois’ 8M registered voters have cast ballots
* Man accused of Danville murder: Gunshots startled me
* Why complain about candidates?
* Local women planning to honor pioneer on Election Day

* Tellabs provides system for VT Groups's new headquarters
* Camping World acquires Quality RV in Minnesota
* BDO Unibank becomes official Diners Club franchise in Philippines
* MFRI sells filter plant, completes refocus of business
* Dryer causes small fire in Hoffman Estates home

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Durbin visits 'extraordinary' Lake County ......

* US Senate candidates in Illinois spar over......
* US Senate candidates in Illinois spar over......
* US Senate candidates in Illinois spar over......
* Senator Mark Kirk mocks Tammy Duckworth wi......
* WATCH: Mark Kirk hits Tammy Duckworth over......

* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* Chicago Groups Skeptical Of CPS Borrowing Plan For School Construction
* Certain Cook County Suburbs Want To Opt Out Of $13 Minimum Wage
* Matter of ethics? Or ugly aldermen taking space from Hollywood glitter
* Ex-Illinois Congressman Says He Will Grab His Musket If Trump Loses
* Chicago Protesters Press Walmart To Stop Selling Trump Merchandise
* Really Kirk....
* Gooseberry Playlot Nears Completion On Malden
* Riviera Lofts Ready To Lease At Lawrence & Broadway
* Thorner: Mark Levin's case for an Article V Convention challenged

* Don’t be a Ghoul, Don’t Drink and Drive - Police throughout Illinois step up patrols for Halloween weekend
* Honoring Illinois' Fallen - United States and State flags at half-staff from Sunrise, Saturday, October 29, 2016 until Sunset, Monday, October 31, 2016.
* 25th Annual HIV/STD Conference - Celebrating Success, Shaping the Future - Sexually Transmitted Diseases increase while HIV decreases
* Workers’ Comp Commission Updates Technology at No Cost to Taxpayer - Another step in Rauner Administration’s modernization of state government
* Governor’s Children’s Cabinet Makes Lead Poisoning Prevention A Priority - October 23-30, 2016 - National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller