The rise of populism has shaken the politics of many states, including Illinois, and landlords here may begin to feel the effects. The new governor, J.B. Pritzker, hails from one of Chicago’s richest families, but the billionaire businessman was lifted into office by a liberal wave in one of the nation’s bluest states, and in the era of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 1990s-style centrism that once dominated the Democratic Party is out of step.

If Pritzker needs a way to prove his liberal bona fides, he could sign a legislative measure that would dump Illinois’ 20-year ban on rent control, an action he said during campaigning that he supported. The question would then be his attitude toward a new, and far more sweeping, proposal that would not only establish rent control, but transform the relationship between tenants and property owners.

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