Lobby Day bus challenge raises more than $7,000 for RPAC

More arlington heights

MORe members from Arlington Heights ride to the Capitol on Tuesday.

Seven local REALTOR® associations secured 100 percent participation for the Get on Board with RPAC Bus Challenge at the Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference (Lobby Day) Tuesday, as more than $7,000 was raised for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC).

Members of all the local associations in Illinois had the opportunity to meet with elected state officials representing their communities. The following had 100 percent RPAC participation in the bus challenge:

  • Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®,
  • Illini Valley Association of REALTORS®,
  • Chicago Association of REALTORS® north bus,
  • Heartland REALTOR® Organization,
  • REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley,
  • Quad City Area REALTOR® Association and
  • Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® from Arlington Heights.

By investing in RPAC, Illinois REALTORS® protect their business and livelihood.

(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from Illinois REALTORS® members only.)

 

Gov. Bruce Rauner honors Illinois REALTORS® for century of service

DSC_0093

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner presents a proclamation honoring Illinois REALTORS® on its 100th anniversary. The meeting was held as part of the association’s annual Lobby Day and Capitol Conference on April 5, 2016. In addition to Gov. Rauner, pictured are Illinois REALTORS® President Mike Drews, CEO Gary Clayton and President-elect Doug Carpenter.

 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner presented Illinois REALTORS® leadership with a proclamation honoring the association’s century of service. The document also declares April 25, 2016 as Illinois REALTORS® Day in the state.

In remarks at the meeting, Rauner praised the impact the association and its members have had on the real estate profession. Founded in 1916, Illinois REALTORS® was largely responsible for pushing for a statewide License Law as a means to boost professionalism in the state.

The proclamation noted the association’s work safeguarding the industry, providing disaster assistance and partnering on restoration work for the Executive mansion project in Springfield.

Gov. Bruce Rauner poses with Illinois REALTORS® representatives at a meeting at the Illinois Capitol on April 5, 2016. L-R are: Illinois REALTOR® Assistant Director for Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan, Treasurer Matt Difanis, President-elect Doug Carpenter, President Mike Drews, Gov. Rauner, CEO Gary Clayton, Immediate Past President Jim Kinney and Director of Government Affairs Greg St. Aubin.

Gov. Bruce Rauner poses with Illinois REALTORS® representatives at a meeting at the Illinois Capitol on April 5, 2016. L-R are: Illinois REALTOR® Assistant Director for Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan, Treasurer Matt Difanis, President-elect Doug Carpenter, President Mike Drews, Gov. Rauner, CEO Gary Clayton, Immediate Past President Jim Kinney and Director of Government Affairs Greg St. Aubin.

The meeting was part of a day of visits by Illinois REALTORS® to the Capitol in Springfield. Association leaders also met with Senate President John Cullerton, House Majority Leader Barbara Currie, and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.

In the meeting with Rauner, association leaders discussed the state’s economy and its impact on housing and the need for addressing high property taxes.

Illinois REALTORS® advocate for real estate at 2016 Capitol Conference

Group_Statue_REALTORS_2

More than 500 REALTORS® from throughout Illinois showed the #PowerofR in Springfield on Tuesday for the annual Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference. The REALTORS®, who represent Illinois homeowners and commercial real estate, are powerful advocates for property rights and the annual REALTOR® Lobby Day is an example of the association’s 100 years of grassroots advocacy at its best. See some of the photo highlights from the event. #ILREALTORLobbyDay #IAR100YearsStrong

Budget impasse just part of Legislative Briefing and Lobby Day luncheon

A capacity crowd of REALTDSC_0164 DSC_0172ORS® listened as Director of Governmental Affairs Greg St. Aubin explained the association’s opposition to several pieces of legislation aimed at mandating smoke detectors, expanding home rule for local governments and a host of other issues.

St. Aubin’s remarks were delivered Tuesday during the Lobby Day and Legislative Briefing Luncheon at Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference. The event was held at the President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree Hotel in Springfield prior to REALTORS® visiting Illinois senators and representatives at the State Capitol.

St. Aubin encouraged members to share their real estate expertise with their representatives, who have returned to Springfield after a recess.

Download a PDF of the talking points here.