U.S. Rep. Shimkus meets with Illinois REALTORS®

Illinois REALTORS® met with U.S. Rep. John Shimkus on April 24, 2014, in Effingham. Pictured, left to right, are Doug Hartman Sr., a REALTOR® and Federal Political Coordinator; Congressman Shimkus; and Phil Chiles, president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

The second of three Let’s Talk Real Estate events this week  took place Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Effingham with U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville.

Shimkus represents the 15th Congressional District, which includes a wide swath of southern Illinois. Shimkus serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and chairs the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.

Doug Hartmann Sr., with Century 21 Hartmann REALTORS® in Collinsville, facilitated the discussion with Shimkus. He serves as a Federal Political Coordinator, a role which has him act as a liaison with the congressman on issues of interest to Illinois REALTORS®.

More than 40 REALTORS® throughout the district attended the event, which covered topics including data security, mortgage affordability and tax policy.  Shimkus encouraged the crowd to stay engaged at the local level where topics like energy efficiency and fire sprinkler requirements can have a major impact on the affordability of a home.

The Let’s Talk series, which began last year, features discussions with federal lawmakers on real estate policy. The sessions also allow REALTORS® to share information about local market conditions.

REALTORS® met with U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam on Tuesday. A third Let’s Talk event will be held Friday with U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez in Chicago.

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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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