Daniel Biss

Could, and should, Illinois embrace rent control?

Could, and should, Illinois embrace rent control?

There are many things out of one’s control. The weather comes to mind, as does the inevitable cost of living, which often seems like it only knows one direction: up.

The latter is one reason why rent control — prohibited in Illinois since 1997 — is being discussed in Chicago communities and political circles.

In 2017, Chicago renters making the median income spent more than half their workdays earning enough money to cover the rent, according to an analysis from HotPads, an apartment search...

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