“Voters in three Chicago wards voted yesterday in favor of lifting the statewide ban on rent control, which would be a first step toward discussing whether to create plan to limit increases.
In wards that encompass parts of Logan Square (35th), Uptown (46th) and Rogers Park (49th), a nonbinding referendum asked voters whether they want the state’s ban on rent control to be lifted.
In each of the three wards, at least two-thirds of voters supported lifting the ban: 71 percent in the 35th, 70 percent in the 46th and 66 percent the 49th, according to vote totals posted by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.
Rent control opponents, including real estate industry groups, argue that legislating a ceiling on rent increases leads landlords to cut their investment in properties and would ultimately hurt renters more than it helps them.
A similar referendum was on the March ballot in 76 precincts scattered around nine wards. In every one, at least 60 percent of the votes cast supported lifting the ban, and in most, the figure was above 75 percent.
Yesterday’s vote differed in that it was ward-wide, rather than polling individual precincts. In March, opponents of lifting the ban “accused us of cherry-picking precincts where we’d get favorable results,” Malone said, “but not this time.”
None of the precincts where voters got to weigh in in March were in the same wards where the question was on yesterday’s ballot.”