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    Chicago Department of Buildings Comm. Matthew Beaudet and Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union 130 president Jim Majerowicz came down on opposite sides of a debate over plumbing regulations on Thursday.

    A procession of city buildings officials, developers and engineers championed a push on Thursday to relax Chicago’s plumbing regulations, saying a widely-used form of plastic piping can dramatically cut construction costs across the city. But an influential plumbers’ union is resisting the plan, saying the flammable material could “jeopardize safety” in the case of fires.

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