Broken air conditioner leaves South Loop police station sweltering
City ordering part to fix unit; Holding cells still have air conditioning
07/05/2012 6:38 PM
Itís never good to be without air conditioning in the summer, but itís even worse when itís broken on a 102-degree day. But thatís what officers and visitors to the South Loopís police station were dealing with Thursday afternoon.
An air conditioning unit at the 1st District Police Station, at 18th and State streets in the South Loop, was broken during todayís sweltering heat, leaving officers and anyone else in the building to swelter inside.
Chicago police union spokesman Pat Camden said that a replacement part is being ordered for the air conditioner. One safety complaint was filed with the union on Thursday, he said.
The outage doesnít affect the whole building: The stationís lockup is still air conditioned.
ďUltimately, this situation needs to be resolved,Ē said one officer who asked not to be named. ďPeople need to work in there.Ē
In addition to serving the South Loop, the 1st District covers downtown, stretching north to the Chicago River.