RVOICE efforts bring wins on home rule, sales tax questions in Illinois Primary

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) used RVOICE funds to do voter outreach on three municipal referenda on the March 18 Primary Election ballot. IAR was successful in all three. Two were Home Rule referenda — in Rochester (Sangamon County) and Merrionette Park (Cook County) — and voters overwhelmingly rejected the question, agreeing with the IAR position.

  • Rochester Home Rule: 23% YES 77% NO
  • Merrionette Park Home Rule: 25% YES 75% NO

In the past, Home Rule units have enacted several ordinances on point-of-sale inspections and transfer fees/taxes, and a host of landlord regulations, just to name a few.

In Franklin Park (Cook County), voters approved a municipal sales tax. Since Franklin Park is not Home Rule, it must seek voter approval to enact a sales tax. Local REALTORS® supported the measure in order to help keep the property tax levy constant in future years and to fund the improvement of aging streets in the village.

  • Franklin Park Sales Tax 63% YES 37% NO

RVOICE sent direct mail and did automated phone calls to likely voters in these campaigns.

 

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About Mike Scobey

Mike Scobey is Assistant Director - Advocacy and Local Issues. He supervises and coordinates the IAR Issue Advocacy Program which includes the coordination and management of Issue Advocacy campaigns, inside research, outside research and polling, legal analyses of local government proposals and public relations/education projects. He is responsible for the production of educational and advocacy pieces related to the local government affairs program. He also oversees the local Governmental Affairs Director (GAD) program which includes serving as a liaison to the local GADs and other staff on issue development and prioritization and overall campaign design. He provides staff support to the Commercial/Industrial/Investment Committee.