State Capitol Report: One constitutional amendment can be on ballot

Illinois State Capitol Building InteriorIllinois voters will have the chance to decide whether transportation funds can be used for other purposes after the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives approved a proposed constitutional amendment last week.

The proposal, known as HJRCA36, needed to be approved this week by both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly in order to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot, noted Friday’s State Capitol Report for Illinois REALTORS®. Although several other proposed constitutional changes were discussed by lawmakers – including a shift to a graduated income tax rate – this was the only one to be voted on by both the Senate and the House. Members can login and get more details.

Among the other items noted in the State Capitol Report was the citizen petition effort to get a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to establish a non-partisan, independent commission for drawing state legislative districts. Nearly 600,000 signatures were filed at the State Board of Elections Friday, which is more than twice the required amount for filing.

For more news on real estate related activities at the Capitol, read the entire issue.

Woodward to speak Wednesday at NAR Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

Bob Woodward


Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward will provide insights on the current presidential race, the inner workings of Washington, D.C., and a variety other presidential subjects when he speaks at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington on Wednesday morning.

Woodward, who has reported on eight U.S. presidents during his career, will present “The Race for the White House in 2016: Bob Woodward’s Perspectives,” as part of the NAR Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 9-14 in the nation’s capital.

Woodward will also visit the expo following his presentation, in NAR Booth #1707 and pose for selfies and autograph his book, “The Last of the President’s Men.”

Mid year NAR logoIn 1972, Woodward and Carl Bernstein reported for the Washington Post on the Watergate Scandal and co-wrote the book “All the President’s Men.” Woodward has won two Pulitzer Prizes and is currently an associate editor at the Washington Post.

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Illinois REALTORS® to meet with lawmakers in D.C. next week

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Illinois REALTORS® will lobby members of Congress next week to protect private property rights during the NAR REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 9-14.

Meetings have already been scheduled with most of Illinois’ 20 elected officials (two U.S. senators and 18 U.S. representatives) or their staff members.

Among the issues REALTORS® hope to discuss are:

  • Support for expanding flood insurance options for homeowners;
  • Support for making mortgage debt forgiveness on taxable income permanent;
  • Support for affordable credit for first-time and millennial home buyers; and
  • Support for 1031 like-kind exchanges.


Illinois REALTORS® launch ‘Homes for Heroes’ with Crest Hill support

Crest Hill 1REALTORS® from Village Realty Shoppe celebrated the launch of the “Homes for Heroes” program in Crest Hill with a media and veterans outreach event last Tuesday.

The program offers discounted real estate services to active military, veterans, teachers and first responders, with “Homes for Heroes” participants saving an average of $2,500.

Crest Hill 2Village Realty Managing Broker Karen Carlino, Megan Johnson and Brandy Cafarelli joined Crest Hill Mayor Ray Solimon, Police Chief Dwayne Wilkerson, Deputy Police Chief Ed Clark and Economic Development Manager Scott McMaster at the event, which included a check presentation and a ribbon cutting.



Illinois House committee recognizes 100th anniversary of Illinois REALTORS®

Co-sponsors present HR 1118

Illinois Representatives Sam Yingling (left) and Mark Batinick co-sponsored a resolution to declare April 25 as Illinois REALTORS® Day. All House Business and Occupational License Committee members asked to be made co-sponsors as well.

Tuesday the Illinois House House Business and Occupational License Committee unanimously passed a resolution proclaiming April 25 as Illinois REALTOR® Day across the state.

You can read the text of the House resolution.

On April 25, 1916, the association was incorporated. Next Monday, the association will officially celebrate its 100th anniversary.

official-REALTOR-day_fbOn April 4, Congressman Darin LaHood and Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder attended a special reception at association headquarters when our association announced the selection of a new executive vice president (Luke Bell) and a change in our association’s name (from IAR to Illinois REALTORS®). Langfelder proclaimed April 4 Illinois REALTOR® Day, while LaHood presented another proclamation that was read into the Congressional Record.

Illinois REALTORS® have been recognizing its 100th anniversary in multiple ways, including using a traveling historical display at special events and dedicating the quarterly magazine to different anniversary themes.