Prepare for REALTOR® Lobby Day with can’t-miss advice from Greg and Julie

Listen to IAR lobbyists Greg St. Aubin and Julie Sullivan as they provide a great overview of next Tuesday’s activities at the IAR Capitol Conference and Lobby Day.

If anyone can help you maximize your time in Springfield, it’s the two people who work daily for Illinois REALTORS® in the Capitol. One of the most important pieces of advice they mention is to download the IAR Lobby Day app to your smartphone or tablet.

Follow their advice and we’ll unleash the Power of R® next week!

REALTORS® and property owners score wins against Home Rule and transfer taxes

Illinois REALTORS® and private property owners were winners at the polls on Tuesday when voters defeated a number of local referenda initiatives that would have raised the cost of buying or selling a home and opened the door to increased local taxation and regulation. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) and local REALTOR® associations successfully lobbied against a real estate transfer tax in Midlothian, four Home Rule initiatives and urged voters to support a sales tax in Crestwood.

Midlothian voters reject real estate transfer tax

Voters said NO to a real estate transfer tax on property sales that could have cost sellers $5 on every $1,000 that their home was worth. In other words, if a home sold for $100,000, the seller would owe the village $500 under the proposed tax. DEFEATED

Crestwood voters approve a sales tax to lower property taxes

IAR campaigned in support of a sales tax increase in Crestwood and residents there agreed, voting to approve a 1 percent sales tax increase that will bring in millions of dollars in new revenue and allow the village to provide property tax rebates to homeowners. APPROVED

Home Rule defeated in four Illinois communities

Voters in Broadview (Cook County), McLean (McLean County), Shiloh (St. Clair County), and New Baden (Clinton and St. Clair counties) overwhelmingly voted down Home Rule initiatives in their communities. IAR and local associations campaigned to inform voters about the potential for communities to layer on additional taxes and regulations — without voter approval — with Home Rule powers. DEFEATED

Take advantage of your last chances to vote

Make your voice heard in the April 7 Illinois Consolidated Election by either voting today through absentee ballot or visiting your local polling place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow.

To find out more about elections, you can visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website. You can find out the names of candidates running for office in your district and where to vote.

You can also take a look at the 13 Opportunity Races identified by the RPAC Board of Trustees, the 26 Independent Expenditure races, four home rule referenda, a sales tax referendum and a real estate transfer tax referendum.  See our “Vote on April 7” page.

By the time you go to bed Tuesday night, you may not know the winners of all the elections races but at least you’ll know the political advertisements will be over for a few months. Check this blog for election results on pro-real estate candidates and real estate related issues Wednesday.

Opportunity Race: RPAC supports Weaver re-election bid

Peoria residents received IAR RPAC postcards urging them to vote for Chuck Weaver in the April 7 consolidated election so he is re-elected to the Peoria City Council.

The mailing lets Peoria voters know Weaver is a councilman who favors:

  • Reducing barriers to homeownership;
  • Keeping taxes low on working families;
  • Economic growth;
  • Support of small business; and
  • Protecting private property rights.

Weaver is one of 13 individuals competing in April Opportunity Races in Illinois with IAR REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) support.