House committee hearing news dominates Illinois State Capitol Report

The Illinois REALTORS® lobbying team raced from one House committee hearing to another during the week to monitor discussion of numerous bills that would affect REALTORS®, property owners and consumers. In today’s Illinois State Capitol Report, 13 bills were cited because they advanced out of committee or are still under consideration.

Topics include: recording fees, county storm water management, river edge redevelopment zones, property tax relief, non-home rule sales tax increase, streamlining local government, local government protection authority, battery powered smoke detectors, expansion of professional licensing, evictions and eminent domain.


Illinois REALTORS® support McNamara by independent expenditure in Rockford

Registered Rockford voters received postcards asking them to vote for Tom McNamara for mayor in the April 4 consolidated election.

The mailing is part of an independent expenditure campaign by the Illinois REALTORS®. Independent expenditure activities take place in support of a candidate for public office without any coordination with the candidate or the candidate’s campaign.

The postcards say McNamara supports improved infrastructure, strong neighborhoods and lower property taxes. Read more about McNamara on his campaign website and support him if you live in Rockford.


REALTORS® give IE support to help reelect Braun as Flossmoor mayor

Illinois REALTORS® mailed postcards to registered Flossmoor voters asking them to vote for Paul Braun for mayor on April 4.

The postcards are part of an independent expenditure campaign by Illinois REALTORS®. Independent expenditure activities take place in support of a candidate for public office without any coordination with the candidate or the candidate’s campaign.

The postcards say Flossmoor’s bond rating has increased, more than a dozen new businesses have started in the village and Braun continues to attract new businesses. For more information on Braun, visit his campaign page. Please support him if you live in Flossmoor.

As April 1 app deadline nears, past REEF scholarship winners thankful

Less than 10 days remain for Illinois REALTORS® and their college-aged sons, daughters, grandsons and granddaughters to fill out applications and supporting documents for six Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) scholarships with April 1 application deadlines.

The scholarships affected are the:

  • James M. Kinney Scholarship;
  • Richard “Dick” Wiegers Scholarship;
  • Academic Scholarship;
  • Thomas F. Seay Scholarship;
  • Morgan L. Fitch Scholarship; and the
  • George Patt Scholarship Fund.

As the deadline nears for those aiming for 2017-18 scholarships, two recipients of the James M. Kinney Scholarships for 2016-17 say the financial assistance has been helpful during their first year of college.


Cole Cunningham of Danville says: “The scholarship awarded to me by the Real Estate Educational Foundation has helped me pursue my goal of becoming a medical doctor in various ways. The most prominent of which is the subsidization of the cost of textbooks that are essential for my coursework. Currently, I am a first-year student at the University of Illinois at Chicago pursuing a bachelor of science degree in Neuroscience.”


Madeline Sale of Chatham says: “I am very grateful to have received the 2016-2017 James M. Kinney Scholarship. The money I received helped me pay for my tuition at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I will soon be completing my freshman year as a biology major with a comparative religion minor. In the future, I plan to attend graduate school to become a physician’s assistant. On campus, I am involved in Pre-PA Club, MedLIfe, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, a leadership fraternity and a small church group. During my time left at Miami, I plan to study abroad in Europe and to participate in a medical mission trip through MedLife. The James M. Kinney Scholarship has assisted me as I explore these interests and begin planning for the future.”

REALTORS® who want to apply for REEF scholarships or who have children or grandchildren that want to apply for the Kinney scholarship should visit this page for more information.

Help Stone get Web Choice Award

REALTOR® Melanie Stone of Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage in Chicago can win the Web Choice Award and become one of REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 class of 2017 if she gathers the most online votes this week.

You can help by casting daily votes for her as she competes with 50 other finalists. REALTORS® can vote once every 24 hours for their favorite candidate through Friday, March 24. To vote, go to this page.

In addition to the Web Choice competition, 29 other 30 Under 30 winners will be chosen by judges. The announcement of all 30 Under 30 winners is scheduled for Monday, March 27.

For more information on Stone, go here.