On June 5, 2013, in addition to passing foreclosure protections for tenants, the Chicago City Council passed a bedbug measure affecting residential landlords and tenants. The new law amends a number of sections of the Municipal Code of Chicago, including the building code and the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance. I will break the measure down in the next few days, but here is the complete text of the ordinance as proposed (we are still awaiting a copy of the officially published ordinance). The ordinance imposes a number of new requirements on property owners, landlords, and tenants and the fines for failure to comply can be severe! The law indicates it is effective as of 10 days after its passage (this past Saturday) although I am hearing that the official version is to be effective 180 days after passage (ie. next year).
Once I get a copy of the official document, I will post it. Update: The bedbug ordinance will be effective on December 23, 2013.