RPAC Trustees identify pro-REALTOR® candidates

The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) provides direct contributions to pro-REALTOR® candidates and – for REALTOR® candidates who face tough challenges – provides grassroots support to urge IAR members to vote for those candidates.  Deemed “Opportunity Races,” these candidates are selected by the RPAC Trustees following input from the local Association where the candidate is running.  Some of these candidates are incumbents and others are running in “open seats” where there is no incumbent.  Candidates selected are pro-business, pro-private property rights, low tax and pro-growth position on issues that affect the business of real estate.

We encourage IAR members to vote for “Opportunity Race” candidates in the Nov. 4 General Election.  In the Illinois House, the pro-REALTOR® candidates are:

  • Rep. Michael McAuliffe (R) 20th District;
  • Candidate Margo McDermed (R) 37th District;
  • Rep. Anna Moeller (D) 43rd District;
  • Rep. Sheri Jesiel (R) 61st District;
  • REALTOR® Rep. Sam Yingling (D) 62nd District;
  • Rep. John Anthony (R) 75th District;
  • Rep. Mike Unes (R) 91st District;
  • Candidate REALTOR® Mark Batinick (R) 97th District;
  • Candidate Kristin Williamson (R) 103rd District; and
  • Rep. Dwight Kay (R) 112th District.

In the Illinois Senate, RPAC recommends:

  • Sen. Mike Jacobs (D) 36th District; and
  • Sen. Andy Manar (D) 48th District.

Make sure you register by Oct. 7 and vote on Nov. 4!  Early voting begins on Oct. 20.

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.

Make all the deadlines so you can vote this year!

Vote on Nov. 4

To make your voice heard in elections this fall; make sure you don’t miss any of the other important dates and deadlines supplied by the Illinois State Board of Elections. Did you know that 75 percent of Illinois REALTORS® typically vote?

  • Oct. 7 – the last day to register online or in person at the local “election authority office.”  However, if you live in the city of Chicago or Cook County, check with these jurisdictions for registration deadlines.
  • Oct. 8 – the first day for grace period registration, change of address and grace period voting at the election authority office, as well as grace period voting by mail.
  • Oct. 20 – the first day for early voting at election authority offices or designated temporary locations.
  • Oct. 27 – the last day for U.S. service members, their spouses or dependents of voting age to apply for absentee ballots. Also, it is the last day for nonresident civilians to apply for absentee ballots.
  • Oct. 30 – the last day the election authority may receive absentee applications by mail from registered voters still in the United States.
  • Nov. 2 – the last day for early voting at permanent election authority locations.
  • Nov. 3 – the last day registered voters can apply in person for an absentee ballot.
  • Nov. 4 – the last day for grace period registration and for voting in general elections.

And if you need to contact information for state elected officials, the Illinois State Board of Elections also provides you with an online tool for your computer or mobile device.

REALTORS® — let’s show the #PowerofR!

Get out the Vote! Register to vote by the Oct. 7 deadline

Make sure the Illinois REALTOR® voice is heard loud and clear at the election polls on Nov. 4.

If you haven’t yet, register to vote before the Oct. 7 deadline.

Other dates to know? Early voting for the Illinois 2014 General Election is Oct. 20 – Nov. 2.

  • Click here to register online.
  • Click here to find election information, polling locations and candidate details.



How well can you explain Illinois septic system laws? With this FREE brochure you can!

Unless you’re an expert on the Illinois Private Sewage Disposal Code, the question of whether you should use the free RVOICE brochure, “Requirements for Septic System Owners” (item #646) is a no-brainer!

This brochure – which is written in easy-to-understand language for clients – summarizes recent changes to the code and how the changes affect property owners served by septic systems. The changes largely involve maintenance and record-keeping requirements.

You can get a copy for yourself immediately via download. However, to help homeowner clients and friends make informed decisions and avoid foul-smelling septic system problems, visit the IAR REALTOR® Store and place orders for packages of 25.  As always, only shipping charges apply to RVOICE materials.

The septic system brochures were developed as part of RVOICE (formerly known as the Advocacy Program).  When you distribute RVOICE materials to your homeowner customers, you provide useful and money-saving information on legal topics and new laws that affect real estate.  For more information, visit the Governmental Affairs/RVOICE section of our website.

2014 IAR Legislative Scorecard: Notable victories for Illinois REALTORS® and private property rights

The 2014 spring session of the Illinois General Assembly was a busy one and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) team of lobbyists and our 41,000 members worked to stop bad policy, alter flawed legislation, advocate IAR initiatives and promote the interests of our membership, their clients and customers.

The 2014 Legislative Scorecard highlights 14 notable victories including:

  • SB 3044 passed protecting the REALTOR®’s ability to provide BPOs/CMAs
  • SB 2664 passed, limiting the amount of money a prospective buyer of a foreclosed condo would pay for past due costs and legal fees.
  • The State Fire Marshal released a formal pledge to work with stakeholders (including REALTORS®) on any future fire sprinkler mandate initiatives.
  • A REALTOR®-supported executive order created a NEW Division of Real Estate within IDFPR.