Illinois Legislation passed in 1997

Senate Bill 531 (Rent Control)
Introduced by Senate Tom Walsh and Representative Chuck Hartke enacts the Rent Control Preemption Act to prohibit any unit of local government, including home rule units, for enacting rent control. This legislation was approved by the House on May 12, 1997 on a roll call vole of 96-18-2 in an important affirmation of the need for a statutory public policy on this issue. This bill received similar support in the Senate when it was approved on March 18, 1997 on a roll call vote on 46-6-2. This bill has been sent to the Governor for his signature.

Senate Bill 278 (Eviction proposal for unknown tenants)
Sponsored by Senator Earlean Collins and Representative Carol Ronen provides for a notice procedure for unknown tenants so that an eviction order can be carried out. This bill was unanimously approved by both the House and the Senate and has been sent to the Governor for his signature.

House Bill 1140 (Eviction for certain criminal acts)
Sponsored by Representative Tom Cross and Senator John Cullerton provides that if a tenant uses or permits the use of leased premises for certain criminal acts, the lessor can void the lease and evict the tenant, or assign the eviction to the State's Attorney. The bill also limits to 7 days the time period that an order for possession can be stayed in such cases, provides that the standard of proof in such actions is a "preponderance of the evidence", and provides that a security deposit can be used to pay the eviction fee. This bill was approved by the House 115-0-1 and by the Senate 58-0-0 and has been sent to the Governor for his signature.

House Bill 2030 (Eviction order based on drug activity)
Sponsored by Representative Carol Ronen and Senator Dan Cronin provides that the sheriff shall execute an eviction order based on drug activity within 7 days, and limits the time period such an order can be stayed to 7 days. The bill also provides that the standard of proof in eviction cases shall be a "preponderance of the evidence". Approved unanimously by both the House and Senate and sent to Governor for his signature.