Illinois REALTORS® lobby for private property rights and real estate industry in Springfield

IAR Director of Governmental Affairs Greg St. Aubin briefs Illinois REALTORS® on key issues before they head to the state capitol to meet with legislators.

Hundreds of Illinois REALTORS® were out in force on Tuesday at the state capitol as they lobbied for private property rights and the real estate industry at the 37th annual Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) Capitol Conference.

“You make a real difference when you come to Springfield,” IAR Governmental Affairs Director Greg St. Aubin told the crowd of REALTORS® who had come from all corners of the state.

Some of the top legislative issues on their agenda this year:

  • Blocking a bill that would allow county recorders to review and be the party to decide which documents can be recorded. The proposal could lead to uncertainty, confusion and delays in real estate closings.
  • Fight a bill that would allow local tax assessors to file a tax liens and penalties against a homeowner who erroneously receives a homestead exemption, even if the violation was unintentional.
  • Continue to oppose legislation that would give non-home-rule units authority to impose landlord licensing and “crime-free housing” measures. Such proposals can be unfair to both landlords and tenants.
  • And finally, St. Aubin urged REALTORS® to remind legislators of the important issue of property taxes and how they affect consumers and property owners.
Find more on issues important to Illinois REALTORS® along with additional coverage and photo highlights from the 2013 IAR Capitol Conference at


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About Stephanie Sievers

Stephanie Sievers is Senior Editor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She serves as Senior Editor for IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and all other IAR publications. She is responsible for developing content for the Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection e-newsletter, coordinates the IAR Twitter account content at ILREALTOR and plans and develops content for videos. She assists in developing and writing content for the IAR blog. She also is involved in researching and drafting news releases and coordinates the news media distribution database and newsclips reports for the Association. She also assists in IAR spokesperson training seminars and is involved in development of association briefing materials on issues. She assists with the housing statistics program and reports.

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