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Evictions were prevalent before COVID-19, but the situation has reached a crisis level. The national unemployment rate hit an all-time high of 14.7% in April 2020 and was still at 8.4% in August. The high unemployment rate has resulted in fewer people being able to pay their rent or mortgages. In the first three months of 2020, landlords collected 80% of total rent due from tenants. In the first half of July, they collected just 37%. To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 due to homelessness, laws have been created and amended to address the eviction crisis in… Continue Reading Five Ways to Address the Eviction Crisis in Illinois