Crime Free Housing Program

The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti to Hotel Arista for an update on the moves being made in Springfield.

“Right now, since we must negotiate with the other side, we’ve proposed five compromised bills, in the issues of worker’s compensation reform, lawsuit reform, term limits, redistricting reform and a property tax freeze,” said Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti.

Her visit comes after the Chamber recently voted to support Governor Rauner’s turnaround agenda.

The committee also discussed the impact a potential crime free rental housing program would bring to the area. Though the program aims to reduce crime-ridden areas, not all agreed that it would address the biggest problem in town.

“I think we’d be much better served with trying to address the issue of why our kids are doing heroin, because a rental ordinance is not going to keep out heroin dealers if we still have a market for it,” said Sharon Gorrell, Housing Policy Advisory with the Illinois Association of Realtors.

If adopted, the crime free program would set regulations for rental properties in town, requiring licensing of landlords, mandatory rental registrations and inspections.

The program is currently voluntary in Naperville, and if adopted would be cost neutral to the city, leaving landlords to foot the bill, which could range anywhere from $50,000 to $500,000.

The Housing Advisory Committee will meet on July 13 to continue the discussion and narrow down options for the potential program.

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