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posted: 4/20/2017 2:45 PM

Proposal would ensure public toilet access in emergency

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When nature calls, rookie Ald. David Moore wants Chicago businesses to listen.

Moore wants every licensed business with a public restroom -- including restaurants, bars, hotels and retail stores -- to be required to make washrooms available to "individuals who have an emergency … without having to make a purchase" or pay a fee.

Moore introduced the ordinance at Wednesday's City Council meeting after running into a humiliated woman at a Subway restaurant two weeks ago who had just had an accident after being denied entry to a public washroom.

Currently, public washrooms must be made available to non-customers for "medical emergencies only." For the full story, click here.

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