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Monday, March 24, 2014

Action Needed on Crime-Free Housing Bill

The Illinois Municipal League has reached out to municipalities to take action on SB 3299 before tomorrow's hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 3299 would effectively eliminate the crime-free housing regulations of home rule municipalities. The bill amends state statute to provide that a landlord cannot be compelled to bring an eviction action against a tenant who uses the premises in furtherance of a criminal offense.

The IML notes that Crime-free housing ordinances are an important tool to help communities fight crime and urban decay. They are extremely popular among citizens. This bill would allow landlords to ignore the criminal activity on their property and pass the cost of their business model onto the public.
The IML has asked communities to consider one of the following actions:
  • Fill out a slip in opposition to the bill. If you filled out a slip before, please do so again--they restart the list each committee hearing;
  • If you have a relationship with any of the members of the Judiciary Committee, or with the Sponsor, please contact them and let them know of your opposition.
  • Contact the Brian Day at the IML with any information that will help in the preparation of the testimony against the bill. Any success stories concerning crime-free housing ordinances would be helpful.


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