RPAC fundraising kicks off at Professional Standards Workshops

(l to r) Doug Carpenter and Mike Drews reveal the winning name in the RPAC Raffle at the Pro Standards Workshop Tuesday.

RPAC raffles at the Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards Workshops raised nearly $11,000.

Last year, our REALTOR® PAC helped elect pro-REALTOR®, pro-business candidates to public office, stopped efforts to expand sales tax to professional services and advertising as well as efforts to expand home rule in several communities.

In the year ahead, we will fight to protect the mortgage interest deduction and vigorously oppose potential changes to the standard deduction and the elimination of most individual deductions, which would eliminate the tax advantages of homeownership.

Jessica Devore of Green Acres Real Estate in Clinton and REALTOR® Judy Panozzo of Real People Realty, Inc., in Mokena won RPAC Raffles Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Local Governmental Affairs Director and Member Outreach Manager Gideon Blustein received help from the following volunteers at the workshops: REALTORS® Jayme Ahlden, Karen Barbagallo, Doug Carpenter, Mike Drews, Mike Gross, Jim Haisler, Carol Meinhart, Mike Oldenettel, Judy Panozzo, Matt Persicketti, Karen Robertson, Madelyn Staack and Steve Volkodav. Thanks to every REALTOR® who contributed to the raffles with their time and money.

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

GRI Grad presenters talk video

It is estimated that by 2019, 80 percent of all content viewed online will be videos. Why? Videos grab attention quickly and can convey a lot of information in a short amount of time.

GRI Grad presenters Marki Lemons and Carrie Bey-Little believe REALTORS® who master video production have a clear marketing advantage in the marketplace. Lemons and Bey-Little will provide valuable tips and tricks in their presentation: One Quick Video Equals Online Success at the GRI Grad Course, Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the East Peoria Embassy Suites.

See a quick video preview below and view the entire speaker lineup on the GRI Grad webpage, and don’t forget to follow the GRI Event Page on Facebook and join the discussion on LinkedIn.

        

Illinois REALTORS® board approves sponsoring roles at July political conventions

2013 Illinois REALTORS® President Michael Oldenettel attended the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa. The association has a practice of sending representatives to both the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

2013 Illinois REALTORS® President Michael D. Oldenettel attended the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, as seen in this screen capture from CNN. The association has a practice of sending representatives to both the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

Illinois REALTORS will play a role in sponsoring events at the Republican and Democratic part conventions this summer.

The association’s board of directors voted unanimously to approve expenditures for a reception for Illinois’ state and federal delegation at the Republican National Convention, to be held July 18-21, 2016, in Cleveland.

It also approved a breakfast for members of the state and federal delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25-28, 2016.

The vote continues a longstanding practice of having an Illinois REALTOR® presence at both political conventions. The organization is bipartisan in nature.

 

Bicentennial committee meets: Looks at ways to celebrate landmark event

Members of the Illinois Bicentennial Task Force met Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in Springfield. The panel will help guide Illinois REALTORS®' celebration of the state's 200th birthday.

Members of the Illinois Bicentennial Task Force met Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in Springfield. The panel will help guide Illinois REALTORS®’ celebration of the state’s 200th birthday.

A panel of Illinois REALTORS® met to help the association plan events centered on Illinois’ 200th anniversary in 2018.

Sheryl Grider Whitehurst, left, serves as vice chair of the Illinois Bicentennial Task Force. Vicky Turner, right, serves as chair.

Sheryl Grider Whitehurst, left, serves as vice chair of the Illinois Bicentennial Task Force. Vicky Turner, right, serves as chair.

Led by REALTOR® Vicky Turner of Dixon, the Illinois Bicentennial Task Force will look at how to highlight the important role housing has played in the state’s rich history.

Illinois became a state Dec. 3, 1818, making it just about 100 years older than Illinois REALTORS. Illinois’ statehood was signed into being by President James Madison.

Illinois REALTORS® named a 23-member panel to guide the association’s planning. The meeting on Tuesday, June 22, 2016, at the Wyndham City Centre Hotel in Springfield served as a brainstorming and information session to get the process started.

Former IAR president Sheryl Grider Whitehurst serves a vice chair for the task force. Also attending were Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary Clayton and Executive Vice President Luke Bell. Association Treasurer Matt Difanis was also in attendance.

Members of the committee include: Ron Abrams, Chicago; Sonia Anaya, Chicago; Jeffrey Barkstall, Champaign; Steven Bois, Rockford; Bobette Cathon, Quincy; Tonya Corder, Homewood; Kristie DeBrun, Pawnee; Ronald Ewing, Elgin; Deb Frazier, Shiloh; Jim Haisler, Crystal Lake; Dallas Hancock, Peoria; Joe Kenny, Darien; Christine King, Rock Falls; Lynn Madison, Schaumburg; Laura Martin, Peoria; Sandy Michel Stempinski, Vandalia; Sue Miller, McHenry; Ezekiel Morris, Chicago; Todd Musso, Springfield; Karen Robertson, Shorewood; and Tricia Tialdo, Belleville.

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The Illinois Bicentennial Task Force meets at the Wyndham City Centre Hotel in Springfield June 22, 2016.