Peoria city manager, REALTORS® discuss future of city, region



(l to r) Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich chats with REALTORS® Jeff Kolbus and Zach Oyler. Oyler is a candidate for a mid-term opening on the Peoria City Council.

Review of the city’s recently passed budget, including operating budget highlights, investments in infrastructure, rental inspections, code enforcements, property tax levy and historic tax credits for the redevelopment of Peoria’s downtown were among the topics discussed Tuesday afternoon by Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich and about 50 REALTORS®.

The event was organized by the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR).

REALTOR® Jeff Kolbus, Downtown Development Council board member, introduced Urich, who provided REALTORS® with information on community programs and future initiatives, said Local Government Affairs Director Kristie Engerman.

Also, Urich explained how REALTORS® could play an important role in the city’s and the region’s future before he answered questions from the audience. The REALTORS® shared concerns with property taxes, inner city neighborhoods and schools directly impacting the local real estate market. All agreed continuing and increasing the collaborative efforts between the city and the PAAR were important for everyone.


(l to r) City Manager Patrick Urich and Jeff Kolbus address REALTORS® Tuesday in Peoria.

State Capitol Report summarizes week one of annual fall session

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Illinois REALTORS® oppose a change to the Residential Real Property Disclosure Act (Senate Bill 168) and support the extension of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit (Senate Bill 2921) to Dec. 31, 2021, according to the latest State Capitol Report (login required). The tax credit is due to expire at the end of 2016.

The Illinois General Assembly considered these bills and more last week in Springfield before adjourning for the Thanksgiving holiday. State senators and representatives are due back in session Tuesday, Nov. 29. In addition to monitoring these two bills, the association has taken a neutral stance on three other pieces of legislation discussed last week:

  • two amendments for Senate Bill 2566 – one extending the fee for the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund to Jan. 1 2018 and the other extending it to Jan. 1, 2020;
  • the addition of eight provisions to the Special Services Area Tax Law in the City of Chicago through House Bill 1384; and
  • extending the life of a tax increment financing district in the village of Milledgeville through Senate Bill 3451.

For more details on these bills, a proposed constitutional amendment limiting terms of office for members of the General Assembly and statewide executive offices, and action regarding three bills vetoed in the Spring Session by Gov. Bruce Rauner, read the Nov. 18 State Capitol Report by Julie Sullivan, assistant director, legislative and political affairs.

Village repeals ordinance requiring resale inspections

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Illinois REALTORS® celebrated a victory for residential property owners in the village of Indian Head Park in southwestern Cook County when the village board approved the elimination of resale property inspections last week.

Effective Nov. 11, the vote reinstates the rights of Indian Head Park property owners to sell their property without village inspections and eliminates the municipality’s $200 inspection fee, according to local Illinois REALTORS® Governmental Affairs Director Tom Joseph.

“This is a real win for us,” says Joseph. “It’s very difficult to get municipalities to change a law once it is passed. The Indian Head Park mayor told me that a similar situation in the village of Brookfield played a positive role in Indian Head Park’s decision.”

Tom Joseph

The village of Indian Head Park will rely on final water meter readings and enforcement of its property maintenance code to meet the goals of its resale inspection program.

To read about the Brookfield’s 2015 decision, go here.

Majority of Opportunity Race and Independent Expenditure REALTOR®-backed candidates win General Assembly races

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Thirteen of 16 Opportunity Race candidates and nine of 12 Independent Expenditure candidates running for the Illinois House of Representatives and the State Senate captured victories Tuesday.

Get a summary of election results by Julie Sullivan, Assistant Director Legislative and Political Affairs, a map of Illinois House results, a map of Illinois Senate results and an updated version of our Vote, Act, Invest page.

Opportunity Race winners in the Illinois House included:

  • State Rep. Mike McAuliffe (20th District),
  • State Rep. Sheri Jesiel (61st),
  • REALTOR® State Rep. Sam Yingling (62nd),
  • Challenger Steve Reick (63rd),
  • Challenger REALTOR® Tony McCombie (71st),
  • State Rep. David Welter (75th),
  • State Rep. Avery Bourne (95th) and
  • State Rep. Dan Beiser (111th).

Opportunity Race candidates are those candidates in hotly contested races targeted for additional grassroots outreach efforts, in addition to direct contributions. The candidates were identified by local associations and by the RPAC Trustees as REALTOR® Champions for their support of businesses, private property rights, economic growth and low taxes.

In addition, the Independent Expenditures (IE) program allowed for the mailing of postcards to likely voters in Illinois House races urging their support for REALTOR®-friendly candidates. Independent Expenditure mailings were designed and distributed without any coordination with the candidates or their campaigns. The following Representatives received IE support in their winning effort:

  • McAuliffe,
  • Jesiel,
  • Yingling,
  • Reick,
  • McCombie and
  • Bourne.

Unfortunately, two of our Champions, State Rep. Dwight Kay (112th) and State Rep. John Bradley (117th) received support through Opportunity Races and Independent Expenditures but lost.


The following five State Senate candidates who received Opportunity Race support won:

  • State Sen. Tom Cullerton (23rd),
  • State Sen. Melinda Bush (31st),
  • State Sen. Sue Rezin (38th),
  • State Sen. Jennifer Bertino Tarrant (49th) and
  • Challenger Paul Schimpf (58th).

Independent Expenditures helped three of four candidates win:

  • Bush,
  • Rezin and
  • Schimpf.

State Sen. Gary Forby (59th) received both kinds of support but, unfortunately, was not successful in his reelection bid.


Of the five candidates supported by the NAR RPAC Trustees within Opportunity Races, three were winners:

  • U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (111th),
  • U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (117th) and
  • Raja Krishnamorrthi (open seat, 8th).

Two incumbents lost:

  • U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and
  • U.S. Rep. Robert Dold.

Local races

The RPAC Trustees also approved Opportunity Race funding at the request of local associations in six races for county positions:

  • Jack Franks, McHenry County Board Chairman,
  • REALTOR® John Reinert, McHenry County Board,
  • Frank Haney, Winnebago County Board Chairman,
  • Tom Weigel, Will County Board,
  • Ray Tuminello, Will County Board and
  • REALTOR® Dan Patlak, Cook County Board of Review.

And five who received Independent Expenditure support won:

  • Aaron Lawlor, Lake County Board Chairman,
  • Don Moran, Will County Board,
  • Franks,
  • Reinert and
  • Haney.

Local referenda

REALTORS® also prevailed in the three home rule referenda where we urged a “no” vote. All three home rule referenda lost:

  • Auburn,
  • Westville and
  • Yorkville.

Get more details on these referenda, too.

Vote today Illinois REALTORS®!

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Polling places open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. for Illinois voters in the general election.

To check whether you are registered to vote, find out the location of your polling place and more, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website at:

Illinois REALTORS®, from Chicago to the Quad Cities, from Rockford to Cairo, from St. Louis metro area to Danville and everywhere in between, make your voices heard!