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Legislation protecting tenants from lead poisoning set to take effect

Legislation protecting tenants from lead poisoning set to take effectCHICAGO – Legislation preventing the leasing of properties with high levels of lead in building materials and paint is set to take effect this January.

According to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, older buildings built before 1978 have a higher chance of containing lead-based paint.

Senate Bill 2300 seeks to address this issue by requiring landlords to address lead concerns before entering into any new leases.

"The number of old apartments across Illinois that are filled with lead is alarming," said Assistant Majority Leader Donne Trotter, the bill’s sponsor. "Preventing owners and tenants from passing on the burden to an unknown owner or tenant can stave off the ill effects of lead contamination."

Illinois has the second highest prevalence of lead poisoning in the country, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Senator Donne E. Trotter


17th District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served: 1988–1993 (House); 1993–2018 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Appropriations I; Executive; Appropriations II (Vice-Chairperson); Committee of the Whole.

Biography: Senior hospital administrator; born Jan. 30th, 1950, in Cairo; B.A., Chicago State University; M.J., Loyola University School of Law; married (wife, Rose), has four children.