Opportunity Races: Reelect Rep. McAuliffe and Rep. Jesiel

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McAuliffe

In the Nov. 8 general election, the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees encourage you to vote for two incumbents, state Rep. Mike McAuliffe in the 20th House District and Rep. Sheri Jesiel in the 61st House District.

McAuliffe and Jesiel have been identified by their local associations and by RPAC as REALTOR® champions. In other words, they are pro-business, pro-private property rights, low tax and pro-growth candidates. Their bids to get elected are termed Opportunity Races.

McAuliffe, a lifelong resident of the northwest Chicago area, was elected as state representative of House District 14 in 1996 and was reelected in 1998 and 2000. In 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 he was elected state representative of House District 20.

He serves on the following committees:

  • Health Care Licenses (Republican Spokesperson);
  • Museums, Arts & Cultural Enhancement (Republican Spokesperson);
  • Veterans’ Affairs (Republican Spokesperson);
  • Appropriations – Public Safety;
  • Health Care Availability Access;
  • Public Utilities;
  • Tourism & Conventions;
  • Substance Abuse Special (Republican Spokesperson); and
  • Practice Acts Subcommittee.
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Jesiel

In July 2014, Jesiel took over for retiring State Rep. JoAnn D. Osmond. She is one of only two certified public accountants to serve in the Illinois General Assembly. She has experience in small business, corporate headquarters and nonprofit organizations. She is a business manager and accountant in addition to her work as a full-time legislator.

Jesiel, a lifelong resident of the Zion-Wintrop Harbor area, serves on the following committees:

  • Appropriations – Human Services;
  • Appropriations – Public Safety;
  • Elementary Secondary Education School Curriculum Policies;
  • Human Services;
  • Juvenile Justice & System-Involved;
  • Personnel & Pensions; Special Needs Services; and
  • Small Business Empowerment Workforce Development.

If either McAuliffe and Jesiel are on your ballot, make sure you’re registered to vote and cast your ballot for one of these candidates on Nov. 8.

(Disclosure: Contributions are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) collects contributions from members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) for political activities. A portion of each contribution will be used for state political activities; at least 30 percent will be used for federal campaign purposes. The federal portion will be charged against an individual’s federal contribution limits under 2 USC 441a. Contributions are VOLUNTARY and refusal to contribute does not affect membership rights. A member may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website www.elections.il.gov or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.)

 

Opportunity Races: REALTORS® Yingling and McCombie for state representative

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Yingling

In the Nov. 8 general election, the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) trustees encourage you to vote for incumbent State Rep. and REALTOR® Sam Yingling for reelection in the 62nd House District as well as challenger and REALTOR® Tony McCombie for state representative of the 71st House District.

Both Yingling and McCombie have been identified by their local associations and by RPAC as REALTOR® champions; pro-business, pro-private property rights, low tax and pro-growth candidates. Their bids to get elected are termed Opportunity Races.

Yingling was elected as state representative in 2012 and 2014. Prior to that, he served as the Avon Township supervisor in Lake County. He is part of a family owned business, New Century Real Estate in Round Lake. In 2014, he was the chief House sponsor of SB 2664, a key initiative in the spring session of the General Assembly.

He serves on several committees for the General Assembly:

  • Appropriations – General Service;
  • Counties & Townships;
  • Financial Institutions;
  • Renewable Energy & Sustainability;
  • Vice Chair for State Government Administration;
  • Agency Operations Subcommittee;
  • Government Process Subcommittee; and
  • Special Bills Subcommittee.

He’s been an Illinois REALTOR® since 2002.

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McCombie

McCombie is the mayor of Savanna in northwestern Illinois, along the Mississippi River in Carroll County. She first won election as mayor in 2012. Prior to that, she served on the Savanna City Council, for Wards 1 and 2. She is a broker for the Mel Foster Co. in Savanna, and the owner of Blue Appraisals, LLC, a real estate appraisal company that serves Illinois and Iowa. McCombie became a REALTOR® in 2003.

If Yingling or McCombie are on your ballot, make sure you’re registered to vote and cast your ballot on Nov. 8.

(Disclosure: Contributions are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) collects contributions from members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) for political activities. A portion of each contribution will be used for state political activities; at least 30 percent will be used for federal campaign purposes. The federal portion will be charged against an individual’s federal contribution limits under 2 USC 441a. Contributions are VOLUNTARY and refusal to contribute does not affect membership rights. A member may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website www.elections.il.gov or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.)

Morning Minute: Get early voting locations, dates and hours for November elections

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You can now start making plans for early voting in the Nov. 8 general election.

Starting yesterday, your election authority is responsible for publishing the hours, dates and locations for early voting in your precinct at least once a week during the early voting period, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. If the election authority – a large city or a county – maintains a website, the schedule should be available on it, too. Check your election authority for details.

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Illinois REALTORS® urged to support candidates in 22 Opportunity Races

vote-buttonsRPAC Trustees have used input from local associations to identify REALTOR® Champions in 22 elections and recommend you support these individuals on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in “Opportunity Races.”

These candidates are pro-business and pro-private property rights, and they back policies promoting economic growth and lower taxes which are important to the real estate industry. You can find out more about these candidates by going here.

The association will also be making independent expenditures to candidates who understand REALTOR® issues, and they will be added to the list as well in the coming weeks. Independent expenditures fund promotion for candidates, but are not coordinated with candidates’ campaigns.

The following candidates deserve your support in races for the Illinois General Assembly:

These candidates deserve your support in local elections:

  • Jack Franks, challenger for McHenry County Board Chairman;
  • REALTOR® John Reinert, challenger for McHenry County Board District 2;
  • Frank Haney, challenger for Winnebago County Board Chairman;
  • Will County Board Member Tom Weigel, District 12;
  • Will County Board Member Ray Tuminello, District 12; and
  • Cook County Board of Review Commissioner REALTOR® Dan Patlak, First District.

 

REALTORS®’ Working Group, Board sanctions update to association’s Housing Policy

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Members of the Illinois Housing Opportunity Working Group and the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors have approved updates to the association’s housing policy which better address senior and veteran housing issues and to eliminate out-of-date information.

Sarah Ware, chair of the working group, said the comprehensive review of the policy added key words and eliminated out-of-date language or topics. “It is important for our members to know the positions of their association and communicate those positions to elected officials, customers and clients. We are involved in every aspect of real estate,” she said.

The revised Housing Policy can be found here.

A subcommittee of the Working Group worked on the document.

The guiding principles of the Illinois REALTORS® housing policy states:

“As an Association, we reaffirm our commitment to the goals of decent housing and a suitable living environment for everyone. We believe that this goal can best be accomplished by a housing market that fosters sustainable and affordable home ownership or rental opportunities for every income level and generation and endure economic fluctuations whether local or global.”

While staying consistent with our long-standing policy positions, the group recommended expanding the categories covered in the context of affordable housing development.  For example, in the “Removing barriers to the supply of diverse and affordable housing” section. It now reads:

“We support and encourage the enactment of zoning allowances and exceptions for density for low to moderate income, disabled, elderly, veterans and multi-generational housing.”

With the expanding needs of seniors, and in recognition of the selfless service from our veterans, it made sense for us to be clear in our statements that affordable housing solutions need to include these populations, Ware said.

Voices of experience

Ware is one of six Housing Opportunity Working Group members who have experience with housing policy issues. Ware has worked with Chicago Public Schools, O’Hare Airport, Cook County and is a member of the Cook County Land Bank Authority.

Other members of the working group include:

  • Annette Akey, Illinois REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Working Group, with experience pertaining to the disabled;
  • Loretta Alonzo-Deubel, immediate past chair of NAR Housing Opportunity Committee and a former Illinois REALTORS® president.
  • Mabél Guzmán, former chair of NAR Conventional Finance and Policy Committee and 2017 NAR Vice-President;
  • Dana Hybl, chair of the Senior Housing Working Group and member of the Housing Opportunity Working Group; and
  • Kay Wirth, NAR Federal Financing & Housing Policy Committee, and a former Illinois REALTORS® president.

Alonzo said: “As the ‘Voice of Real Estate in Illinois,’ we need to be in the forefront of all issues that affect housing for Illinois residents.”

Guzman said: “It’s important the association not only have a housing policy but also one that evolves and addresses the changes and challenges that happen in housing. Having a housing policy is effective and reminds us our mission extends beyond the protection private property rights. It is about the people affected by these changes and challenges.”