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Chicago debates rules for short-term rentals like Airbnb

The debate over regulating short-term home rentals through companies such as Airbnb unfolded Tuesday in Chicago, with residents divided over a proposed ordinance that would limit the number of rentals, require city registration and add a surcharge to pay for homeless services.

Hundreds showed up at a City Council panel's hearing to discuss Mayor Rahm Emanuel's latest plan to address concerns about the burgeoning home-sharing industry, so many that the location of the hearing had to be moved. As the hearing stretched into the evening, residents, business owners and associations argued not only about the merits of plan, but about the rise of short-term rentals in general — a...