IAR GAD Tom Joseph
In a win for homeowners and the real estate market, the city of Country Club Hills will no longer apply a $25 city sticker fee on each real estate “For Sale” sign.
County Club Hills was among a handful of municipalities in southern Cook County that required REALTORS® to buy and place a real estate sticker stamp on all “For Sale” signs before signs could be placed in a window or on the front lawn of a home for sale.
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® and local REALTOR® associations have long advocated against these punitive and unfair municipal fees. The village of Glenwood, Ill. rescinded its real estate sign fee about five years ago, but there are other municipalities that still have real estate sign fees in place.
REALTORS® oppose these sign fees and see them as another way that Home Rule communities can pass along another “tax” to taxpayers in the form of a mandatory municipal fee.
Tom Joseph, the IAR Local Government Affairs Director (GAD) representing the south suburban Cook County area, worked with local leaders on the issue and thanked them for deciding to eliminate the unnecessary fees.
“To the credit of Country Club Hills Mayor Dwight Welch, he viewed this as a hindrance that had a marginal financial incentive for the city. He and Glenwood Mayor Kerry Durkin want to promote real estate in their communities and after reviewing the numbers and everything else, they both agreed real estate sign fees did not make sense and were not needed anymore,” Joseph said.
REALTOR® Dan Wagner turns in his completed RPAC Ambassador form to RPAC Fundraising Coordinator Carie Cycholl.
Congratulations to REALTOR® Dan Wagner, of Inland Real Estate Group, on being the first REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Points of Light Ambassador for 2014.
The “1,000 Points of Light” RPAC Ambassador campaign is a new initiative aimed at increasing awareness of and building participation in RPAC so that more REALTORS® play a role in protecting the real estate industry and private property rights.
The Points of Light campaign seeks 1,000 people who will step up and recruit 10 new fair-share givers. The concept was announced in October by IAR President Phil Chiles.
“IAR President Phil Chiles’ idea of RPAC Ambassador is brilliant because it truly harnesses the Power of R so that we can educate our colleagues as to the importance of working together to protect our real estate industry at a local, state and national level!” Wagner said.
If you are an Illinois REALTOR®, learn more about the “1,000 Points of Light” RPAC Ambassador Program. (Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® continues its series of conversations with Illinois’ Congressional delegation with Let’s Talk Real Estate events Wednesday, Feb. 19 with U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski in Orland Park and Friday, Feb. 21 with U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos in Rock Island.
The meetings allow Illinois REALTORS® to hear their representative’s take on real estate issues, and provide an opportunity to share local market information. Register below to attend.
- U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, Third District, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Feb.19, Palos Country Club, 13100 Southwest Highway, Orland Park. Register here.
- U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, 17th District, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Feb. 21, 2014, Rock Island Arsenal Clubhouse, 1838 Gillespie St., Rock Island. Register here.
IAR GAD Howard Handler
The city of Highland Park in Lake County has just adopted a rental registration ordinance on select rental properties – single-family homes and rental units with their own, unique entrance to their specific unit. Very often, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) and local REALTOR® associations strongly oppose many municipal rental regulation schemes. Often, they are overly burdensome, costly, and deprive property owners and tenants of their rights and privacy. In the case of Highland Park, though, IAR and the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR) did not offer any substantial opposition to the ordinance.
As far as rental regulation ordinances go, this particular ordinance is as simple and basic as it gets. By and large, it mainly requires that Highland Park rental property owners of the aforementioned types of property submit annual paperwork to the city detailing the ownership and contact information for the property in an effort to improve communications between property owners and the city. The ordinance does not include licensing, building inspections, police scrutiny, mandatory classroom training, crime-free lease addendums, and the like that we see plaguing other municipal ordinances.
NSBAR and IAR were there at the beginning, meeting with city elected officials and staff, to discuss our concerns and suggestions with the city. A number of our suggestions were incorporated into the ordinance, and we worked hard to help ensure onerous requirements were kept out of the ordinance.
“Meeting with city officials early was an important step to help ensure the city achieved its goals without unduly burdening property owners and tenants,” expressed REALTOR® Ron Abrams, a Highland Park resident, landlord and principal with Silver Property Group. “A special thanks goes to Mayor Nancy Rotering, the city council, and city staff for their thoughtful, inclusive dialogue.”
2014 Illinois Association of REALTORS® Political Involvement Award Honoree Stan Sieron
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® Stan Sieron, of Stan Sieron and Company in Belleville, on receiving this year’s Illinois Association of REALTORS® Political Involvement Award.
The award is given for outstanding political and legislative service to the REALTOR® organization. Sieron is an industry leader who is a standout when it comes to his ongoing dedication to grassroots involvement and political advocacy for the REALTOR® community.
He is a member of the REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois and in 2006, served as president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. He has served on a variety of committees at the state level including many related to political involvement and advocacy including the REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee, the State Legislative Contacts Working Group and the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees.
He is among an elite group of members of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2012. He also is a member of the Illinois RPAC President’s Circle and continues to be a Major Investor year after year.
IAR President Phil Chiles congratulates Stan Sieron on being named the winner of the Political Involvement Award for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.