Unes kicks off IAR Public Policy Meetings

State Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, speaks to Illinois REALTORS® attending IAR Public Policy Meetings this week.

State Rep. Mike Unes, R-East Peoria, welcomed REALTORS® to his hometown as part of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings held Jan. 22-23.

Topping his list of things to address was the state’s perilous financial situation. Unes said Illinois has nearly $9 billion in unpaid bills, the fallout from a budget deficit that continues to snowball.

“Imagine what that’s doing to the most vulnerable among us,” Unes told a packed room at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.

Unes said he was very concerned about the impact of unfunded mandates. He noted he served on the East Peoria City Council, a post that gave him insight into how municipalities are struggling.

Unes pointed to his work to pass a bill addressing copper theft as evidence of his work to help REALTORS®.

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About Jon Broadbooks

Jon Broadbooks is Director of Communications for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. He supervises and carries out the implementation of the communications programs for the Association. He directs and supervises the Communications staff. He is responsible for coordinating and implementing the public relations and media relations efforts for the Association and acts as spokesperson and liaison to the statewide news media. He serves as editor of online and print content for IAR communications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and e-newsletters. He conducts IAR spokesperson training seminars and oversees the operation of website development for the Association.

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