Monday, March 11 - Lift Rent Control Ban / Fight Anti-Protest Bill / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Lift Illinois’ Rent Control Ban

The State of Illinois is experiencing a housing crisis. In Illinois, there are only 34 rental homes both affordable and available for every 100 renter households considered extremely low-income. 72% of these households are severely cost-burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. This is hurting our economy, diversity, and overall population.

Illinois has had a net loss of nearly 34,000 people in just 2017 alone and continued to lose population into 2018. This population decline has had disproportionate impacts on families of color. We need an Illinois that serves all and creates sustainability for families and individuals to be able to stay for generations.

Rent control is one key way to create stability. There are several bills in the legislature right now that can help solve this problem by lifting the rent control ban and supporting affordable housing.

Find your reps’ contact info

Call on your state rep to cosponsor HB0255 and HB2192.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask for [REP’s] support at this critical time to address the housing crisis in the state of Illinois. Will [REP] co-sponsor HB0255, to lift the ban on rent control, and HB2192, to bring statewide rent control to Illinois?

Call on your state senator to support SB2063.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask for [SENATOR’s] support at this critical time to address the housing crisis in the state of Illinois. Will [SENATOR] co-sponsor SB2063 to lift the ban on rent control?

Call to ask for Governor Pritzker’s support | Springfield: 217-782-6830 | Chicago: 312-814-2121

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I’m calling to ask for Governor Pritzker’s support at this critical time to address the housing crisis in the state of Illinois. Will the Governor lend his support to HB0255, HB2192 and SB2063 to lift the ban on rent control and bring statewide rent control to Illinois?

Action via Neighbors for Affordable Housing and the Chicago Housing Initiative

Action 2: Witness Slips Against Protest Bill - Deadline Tomorrow

The oil and gas industry has started its 2019 lobbying efforts with a bang. Eight different statehouses across the nation are considering bills criminalizing protests on property owned by the the oil and gas industry which critics say could squelch pipeline protesters and others calling attention to climate change-causing infrastructure.

Illinois has a bill with 11 bipartisan co-sponsors, HB1633. These "critical infrastructure" bills are in response to Standing Rock protests and are being introduced into statehouses simultaneously with very similar language.

This bill is collecting witness slips now for a hearing TOMORROW. Please sign the witness slip now (opponent).

Witness Slip Instructions:

  • Click here to view the witness slip

  • I. IDENTIFICATION: with your information. In the Firm/Business or Agency Box and in the Title Box, identify as "Self."

  • II. REPRESENTATION: as "Self" (unless you actually are representing an organization)

  • III. POSITION: select "OPPONENT"

  • IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only

New witness slips come up almost every day that the legislature is in session, sometimes only with a few hours’ notice. The best way to keep up with new slips is to join The Witness Slip Project on Facebook. This nonpartisan group features new slips and gives some background on each bill.

Action via Nation of Change

 

Action 3: Listen to the Indivisible Chicago Podcast with Will Guzzardi and Nick Kryczka

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss releases a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast (ICP). It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

Chicago has hundreds of thousands of families that need affordable housing—and demand far outstrips supply. This week, Tom talks to State Representative Will Guzzardi about his a bill that would allow cities in Illinois to consider rent control ordinances. Seven words that could change the future.   

Nick Kryczka is a member of Neighbors for Affordable Housing, and he joins to talk about the effort to expand affordable housing on the Northwest Side. Learn more from the Lift the Ban Coalition.  

Daily Actions Editor