It should be noted that when Rep. Rita Mayfield and Rep. Curtis Tarver sided with Republicans and voted no and stopped an effort to Lift The Ban on Rent Control, it wasn’t a vote against a particular form of rent control. It was a vote against any form of rent control anywhere. It was a vote against democracy supported mostly by the real estate industry and developers, people who stand to profit from predatory rental agreements and gentrification.
Once again, we have profits over people. Money speaks for money while low-income people are not organized to protect themselves. With this vote we see the results of that. It is telling that the victory statement by the Chicagoland Apartment Association admitted that “affordable workforce housing… is currently lacking in supply, but the concept of rent control would make the goal of providing additional affordable housing less attainable because it would reduce the supply and quality of rental units to select from.” Simply put, the inability to force people out of their homes with sudden extreme rent increases will limit the number of units on the market. People with the least privilege and risk are expected to be left vulnerable so that wealthy and secure people are not inconvenienced in their effort to become wealthier and more secure at the expense of working people forced into homelessness.
The Democratic party, with a historic super majority in the Illinois general assembly, remains saddled with Koch Brothers/ALEC legislation that was implemented with regressive intent to serve the interests of the powerful and make sure every dollar earned by working families ends up in the company store with IOU notes added. There will always be a well-funded slick argument to support a grand pyramid scheme, but if a Democratic super majority cannot find the political muscle to stand up for people, it’s time to change the name of our party to GOP LITE.
IMPORTANT VOTING INFORMATION & DATES (please copy and repost widely – information courtesy of Matt Lowry, Fremont Township Democrats chair):
Sept. 27–First day of early voting only at your county clerk’s office.
Sept. 27–Vote by mail ballots begin to be mailed out
Oct. 9–Voter registration ends*
Oct. 22–First day of early voting throughout your county
Nov. 1–Last day to request a ballot by mail
Nov. 3–Last day of early voting throughout your county
Nov. 6–General Election Day–vote at your assigned location
*Oct. 10–Grace period registration/address change begins only at county clerk’s office
**You can also register to vote or change/update your registration at any early voting site or at your voting site on Election Day.
Find early voting locations and hours on your county clerk’s web site. For Lake County – https://www.lakecountyil.gov/343/Voting-Options
“The poor man’s conscience is clear; yet he is ashamed… He feels himself out of the sight of others, groping in the dark. Mankind takes no notice of him. He rambles and wanders unheeded. In the midst of a crowd, at church, in the market… he is in as much obscurity as he would be in a garret or a cellar. He is not disapproved, censured, or reproached; he is only not seen… To be wholly overlooked, and to know it, are intolerable. If Crusoe on his island had the library of Alexandria, and a certainty that he should never again see the face of man, would he ever open a volume?” —John Adams, Discourses on Davila, from Hannah Arendt.
The roads, the electrical grid, the indoor plumbing… didn’t just happen because a bunch of raggedy, barefoot, outhouse dwelling poor folk created a demand for multinational corporations to fill. It was the liberal reign of terror in the New Deal.