Cook County Board limits landlords' inquiries into tenants' criminal histories

Updated 4/25/2019 5:32 PM

The Cook County Board on Thursday passed limits on the practice of asking potential tenants about their criminal histories, despite pleas to hold off until landlords and property owners had a chance to air their concerns.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle hailed the measure as balancing "the need for inclusion with the need for safety," but one landlord shared war stories about renting to ex-offenders who stole from her other tenants and nearly set up "a meth lab in my house."

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