State Senator talks flood prevention with Grundy County residents and REALTORS®

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Local GAD Gideon Blustein and State Sen. Sue Rezin

REALTOR® members, clients, elected officials and the public participated in State Senator Sue Rezin’s Grundy County Flood Prevention Forum on Feb. 3 in Morris, Illinois.

Serious flooding in 2013 forced the Morris Hospital to evacuate nearly 50 patients and cost LaSalle and Grundy counties more than $150 million. In response, Sen. Rezin teamed up with area leaders to establish the Illinois Valley Flood Resiliency Alliance (IVFRA) to bring communities, local governments and emergency personnel together to prepare for extreme weather events, especially floods.

Flooding and flood insurance present serious issues to REALTORS®. Due to recent legislative changes, private property owners may have seen their flood insurance rates skyrocket. Sen. Rezin and the experts on hand heard impassioned pleas for financial relief. Attendees could receive one-on-one counseling on how to reduce flood insurance rates, and the town hall also served to announce that Grundy County would initiate a coordinated effort to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System which can result in flood insurance premium discounts to residents.

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Early voting begins today for Illinois primary elections


Starting today, registered voters in Illinois can cast an ‘early voting’ ballot for the March 15 general primary elections without having to provide a reason, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE).

The local election authority will publish the locations for early voting and the hours for each.  Residents voting early must present a current driver’s license or a government-issued photo ID card.

Typically, voters must register 28 days in advance of an election. Check to see if you’re registered. However, Grace Period Registration extends the registration deadline.

“Registered voters may cast a ballot prior to Election Day without having to provide a reason for wanting to vote early,” says an online ISBE document. “This ballot is cast by personal appearance at the office of the election authority or at a location established by the election authority. An election authority is either a county clerk or a Board of Election Commissioner.”

Locations for early voting are usually in one of the following offices, though temporary polling places may be set up in other locations:

  • a municipal clerk’s office,
  • a township clerk’s office,
  • a road district clerk’s office,
  • a county agency office or
  • a local public agency office.

Early voting was approved by the Illinois General Assembly in 2005.

Voting by mail begins today

Also, any registered voter may apply today for a vote by mail ballot. This includes members of the armed forces or government employees (as well as spouses or dependents) serving outside the United States or who expect to be away from their residence on election day. Get more information.

Grace Period Registration

Those who use Grace Period Registration cannot participate in early voting or vote at their usual polling place on Election Day. However, depending on the local election authority, those voters will be allowed to cast their ballot after Grace Period Registration in the same location or by mail. Grace Period Registration begins 27 days before the election and ends on the day of the election.

Get more information about registration.


Register by Feb. 16 to vote in Illinois primary elections

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Illinois REALTORS® who plan to vote in the March 15 general primary election must be registered to vote by Tuesday, Feb. 16, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Make sure you’re eligible to vote, check to see if you have previously registered by using the State Board of Elections’ Voter Registration Lookup or just start the online registration process.

Primary winners earn a spot on the ballot for the Nov. 8 general elections.


RPAC Auction raises $90,000!


Family Feud winnersThanks to everyone who participated in the RPAC Auction held last week during the IAR Public Policy Meetings. The auction raised more than $90,000 for RPAC and featured “REALTOR® Family Feud” where local associations competed in a game-show like trivia competition for the RPAC Titanium Cup.

Congratulations to the winner of the cup, the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®!