Tuesday’s primaries: REALTORS® vote and make their voices heard

You can make your voice heard this week by participating in the Illinois consolidated primary elections today (Feb. 24) for municipalities, park districts, townships, school districts, fire protection districts and other governing bodies.

Candidates who advance from the primaries will be on the April 7 consolidated election ballots, according to the Illinois Board of Elections. Get the 2015 Illinois election details.

Traditionally, Illinois REALTORS® actively participate in local, state and national elections. Make sure your voice is heard in the primary election and in the consolidated election. For information on issues affecting real estate, be sure to visit the IAR Action Center, check out the State Capitol Report and support the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC).

Contributions to RPAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The amounts indicated are merely guidelines and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amounts. The National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or decision not to contribute. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Up to thirty percent (30%) may be sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website www.elections.il.gov or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, IL.

Fundraiser planned for 2014 IAR President Phil Chiles’ bid to become Springfield alderman

Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® can support IAR Past President Phil Chiles in his bid to become Springfield’s Ward 10 Alderman by attending a fundraiser for him Wednesday.

Among guests at the event will include sponsors Sangamon County Sheriff Wes Barr and Springfield Ward 6 Alderman Cory Jobe. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Illinois Association of REALTORS® building, 522 South Sixth St. Tickets are $35 each.

Also, sponsorships are available for $100, $250 or $500 levels by calling 217-306-7445.

Chiles, a broker-associate for the Real Estate Group in Springfield, is one of two candidates running for alderman in Ward 10. Springfield residents will cast their votes on Tuesday, April 7.

Chiles was 2014 IAR President and has served on numerous state committees since 2004. He’s a past president of the Capital Area REALTORS®, too.

Check 3 Saturday deadlines for Illinois primaries

Saturday (Feb. 21) is the last day for grace period registration, grace period voting and early voting in the Feb. 24 Illinois consolidated primary elections.

According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, grace period registration, grace period voting and early voting is done in the office of the election authority and “may be done by mail” at the “discretion of the election authority” on the third day before election.

Those who advance from the primaries will be candidates in the April 7 consolidated elections.

Get real-time tweets about Governor’s Budget Address here

IAR Assistant Director Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan will use Twitter to report on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s State Budget Address tomorrow, and we’ll relay those messages to you in the box below.

You’ll also be able to follow @ILREALTOR.

The speech is scheduled to begin at noon Wednesday, and our Legislative Affairs Team will be listening closely for any messages that could impact members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.

Watch the box below for tweets as they come in. The most current message is at the top. Watch the IARbuzz Blog for individual stories as they come in.