The specter of rent control is looming large for Chicago. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has been outspoken in his support to repeal Illinois’ 1997 law banning rent regulations. Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle also backs the repeal, while her competitor, Lori Lightfoot, has not taken a formal position despite running ads that mention the challenge of rising rents. At the grassroots level, activists have been calling for rent control in gentrifying neighborhoods where long-term residents are being priced out. In nonbinding referendums in last month’s elections, residents in four wards voted to end the rent control ban.