The annual battle between Chicago apartment landlords and tenant advocacy groups surrounding a new proposed statewide Rent Control Act is heating up in the Illinois Legislature.
Landlords, including hundreds of members of the Chicagoland Apartment Association, are riled because the Illinois House of Representatives Housing Committee is aggressively pushing for a vote on House Bill 116, which would lift the statewide ban on rent control in the state.
On March 24, the Housing Committee voted 13 to 9 to pass HB116 out of their committee and onto the House floor for a vote sometime before May 31. If passed by both the House and the Senate and signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker, the bill would allow rent control in Illinois.
“If the state ultimately succeeds in lifting the ban, cities and towns across the state of Illinois, including Chicago and its suburbs, will be free to enact rent control measures,” warned Neighborhood Building Owners Alliance, a landlord group.
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