“Supporters of a proposal to lift the state’s ban on rent control hosted a community meeting in Rogers Park Thursday night. One senior named Donna said she is worried about losing her apartment because her building is for sale. “The new owners may raise the rent, and if they raise the rent $20 or $30 more a month, right now I pay 61 percent of my Social Security check for my rent,” she said. She says the extra $25 a month would force her out. She’s one of several people who spoke in favor of a referendum on the ballot in three wards next month. The non-binding question asks if the state should get rid of its nearly 20-year-old ban on rent control.
Opponents of the measure say it would cripple landlords and keep developers away.”