Lift the Ban

What is the Lift the Ban movement?

There has been a statewide ban on rent control in Illinois since 1997. This has taken power away from cities and counties to regulate leases within their area. The Lift the Ban movement is a statewide effort of grassroots groups across Illinois working to remove this ban and give this power back to cities and counties.


What is rent burden? 

Rent burden is when a household spends more than 30% of its income on rent; extreme rent burden is when more than 50% of income is spent on rent. A rent burdened household is unlikely to have enough income for other essentials such as food and medicine.


Is rent burden a problem in the Quad Cities?

Yes, it is a big problem. According to the Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice study done last year, to afford the average 2 bedroom apartment, a Scott County resident would have to work 83 hours per week and a Rock Island county resident would have to work 73 hours per week. According to the study, 10.5% of all renters in the Quad Cities area face severe rent burden, where rent is greater than 50% of their income. For minorities, the problems are more severe. For example, 23.3% of black renters and 30.9% of Native American renters suffer severe rent burden. Rent burden is one of four housing problems defined by HUD. The other three are: overcrowding, lack of complete kitchen facilities and lack of complete plumbing facilities. The number of minority renters that have to deal with at least one of these four problems is a whopping 41.9%. The number of white renters dealing with at least one of these problems is 23.0%.


How can rent control improve the situation?

Rent control can restrict how much a landlord could increase rent by, year by year or lease by lease. This will make and keep rent more affordable. Every dollar a tenant saves on rent is a dollar that stays in our local community. More affordable rent allows tenants to stay in their neighborhood with affordable housing options, contribute to local economies, schools and community preservation, and contribute to the overall economic well-being of the Quad Cities.

Landlords can still obtain an annual rent increase and earn a reasonable rate of return, while retaining long-term tenants who help maintain neighborhood stability, which preserves the integrity of communities.


How will the bills being considered by the state legislature impact rent?

HB255 would lift the ban on rent control. This would give power back to cities to make more rules around rent that could benefit their community.

HB5547 would implement a moratorium on evictions, and cancel rent and mortgages for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.


How can I help?

If you want to help organize this project contact us at You can also contact Quad Cities area state representatives and tell them you support these bills. Here is their contact information:


Tony McCombie ( Representative – 71st District)

Springfield Office:

205 A-N Stratton Office Building

Springfield, IL   62706

Phone: (217) 782-3992



Michael Halpin (Representative – 72nd District)

Springfield Office:

242A-W Stratton Office Building

Springfield, IL   62706

Phone: (217) 782-5970



Neil Anderson (Senator – 36th District)

Springfield Office:

M103 D Statehouse

Springfield, IL 62706

Phone: (217) 782-5957