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Afternoon roundup

Wednesday, Aug 16, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Politico

State Rep. Lakesia Collins beat out fellow state Rep. Jawaharial “Omar” Williams in a showdown Tuesday afternoon for the open state Senate seat in the 5th district.

The appointment had high interest among Democrats as it pitted progressives against the old-school pols. Collins was backed by Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson, a union ally who called Democratic leaders urging them to support her.

Williams had his own cheer-leading section. It was led by his father, Ald. and Vice Mayor Walter Burnett Jr., who sat on the committee making the appointment and had the largest number of weighted votes on the panel.

Collins and her allies worked the phones to lock down support for the vote. It worked. When it came time to vote, it was clear Collins had it nailed, and she ultimately won by acclamation. Key players in her corner: Alds. Jason Ervin (28th), Emma Mitts (37th) and Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th), and Committeewoman Lucy Moog (43rd).

* From the Lift the Ban Coalition…

Today, the Lift The Ban Coalition held a news conference to announce the Let the People Lift the Ban Act (HB4104), new legislation that allows Illinois communities to opt out of the statewide ban on rent control via local referendum. The legislation also extends additional protections to renters across the state.

With pandemic-related rent relief funds drying up and eviction moratoriums sunsetting, Illinois is spiraling back into a housing affordability crisis. Evictions have reached pre-pandemic levels and are rising. Rent increases are skyrocketing across Illinois, with some counties seeing annual aggregate rent increases of more than 17%.

“Recent U.S. Census Data shows that 47% of Illinois renters are paying more than 30% of their monthly income on housing. This is not sustainable. All across Illinois, our working families are facing significant pressures every month to pay the rent,” said 13th District State Representative and HB4104 Chief Sponsor Hoan Huynh (D-Chicago). “We need to pass HB4104, by allowing local municipalities to be engaged in the democratic process and decide for themselves through a binding referendum whether or not to lift the ban on rent control. The power belongs to the people. Let’s have the people decide, not corporate special interest entities.”

“I know what it feels like to not have sustainable housing to rest my head,” said Springfield renter Quentora Dumas. “Lifting this ban will give Illinois renters the right to fight against rent gouging, limit rents, and help boost the economy.“

Illinois voters should have the right to decide the kinds of policies that can be enacted to address this issue, including rent control. In 1997 a bill was passed in the legislature that precludes the ability for Illinoisans to legislate on this issue. Our bill would put power in the hands of everyday Illinois residents who have been disenfranchised to lift the ban on rent control.

* Press release from Michael Mini, Executive Vice President, Chicagoland Apartment Association, on HB4104…

“We strongly oppose the idea of rent control. When market forces are artificially influenced by rent control policies, investment in the supply of new housing diminishes leaving renters with fewer quality housing options – we’ve this happen from San Francisco to St. Paul to New York. Consensus among housing policy experts remains that rent control policies actually work against affordable housing objectives because they discourage investment in new and existing rental housing, erode property values, and lead to an overall shortage of quality, affordable rental housing.

Our collective efforts need to be focused on developing more housing options, and specifically, more housing that is affordable to local residents in need. There are other policy alternatives to rent control that advocates, developers and affordable housing providers agree will help the housing issues impacting people throughout the state. The SHAPE coalition and our partners are committed to working with policymakers at all levels of government to explore and implement policies and programs to provide affordable housing solutions such as direct rental assistance to residents, tax incentives to keep rents affordable, and policies that streamline, incentivize, and reduce impediments to apartment development.”

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - ChicagoBars - Wednesday, Aug 16, 23 @ 2:59 pm:

    Anybody have the final vote breakdown on the 5th District Senate seat committee-person vote? Looked quickly and have not seen it.

  2. - Just Me 2 - Wednesday, Aug 16, 23 @ 3:07 pm:

    === Rent increases are skyrocketing across Illinois, with some counties seeing annual aggregate rent increases of more than 17%. ===

    This is a direct result of the most restrictive eviction moratorium in the nation when small businesses had to go months or years giving away their service. They have to make that money up somewhere.

  3. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Aug 16, 23 @ 3:09 pm:

    ChicagoBars, I posted it for subscribers today

  4. - JoanP - Wednesday, Aug 16, 23 @ 3:24 pm:

    = Collins and her allies worked the phones =

    That’s what does it.

  5. - Steve - Wednesday, Aug 16, 23 @ 3:53 pm:

    Migrant students coming to CPS will help CPS stabilize the number of students leaving the system.

  6. - Stormsw7706 - Wednesday, Aug 16, 23 @ 5:23 pm:

    Just gotta say that the State Fairgrounds are beautiful. They have really upgraded. Been going for 40 years and I’ve never seen them this nice. It’s amazing how spending some money can actually make things better.

  7. - Mr. Green Genes - Thursday, Aug 17, 23 @ 5:40 am:

    === This is a direct result of the most restrictive eviction moratorium in the nation when small businesses had to go months or years giving away their service. They have to make that money up somewhere.===

    Not true. The lease is a contract. The renter would still owe the money whether he or she was evicted or not.

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