Don’t miss the opportunity to meet face-to-face with U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam, John Shimkus and Luis Gutiérrez in their congressional districts and talk about the issues affecting real estate in IAR’s ongoing series, “Let’s Talk Real Estate.”
Illinois REALTORS® manned their phones Wednesday afternoon for the first-ever RPAC Phone-A-Thon in Springfield. The goal of the Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) event was to increase RPAC participation from 22 percent to 23 percent during the Phone-A-Thon. Every 400 new givers equal a 1 percent participation increase. Increasing RPAC participation is part of the 1,000 Points of Light RPAC Ambassadors Campaign. (Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)
The Illinois Housing Leaders Conference and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Capitol Conference are next week in Springfield. REALTORS® from around Illinois will be heading to the state’s capital to lobby Illinois lawmakers on issues important to the real estate industry and private property rights.
The Illinois Housing Leaders Conference on March 31 will cover the topic, “Helping Boomerang Buyers Get Back in the Market.” The event includes keynote speaker, Shari Olefson, author and director of the Carnegie Group, along with a panel discussion on the challenges facing boomerang buyers. Click here to find details and a schedule of what to expect for the day.
On Tuesday, April 1, the focus shifts to REALTOR® lobbying efforts with the annual IAR Capitol Conference. Illinois REALTORS® will be meeting with legislators and the Illinois General Assembly leadership. Click here for more information on what to expect.
#Power of R
The Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) used RVOICE funds to do voter outreach on three municipal referenda on the March 18 Primary Election ballot. IAR was successful in all three. Two were Home Rule referenda — in Rochester (Sangamon County) and Merrionette Park (Cook County) — and voters overwhelmingly rejected the question, agreeing with the IAR position.
- Rochester Home Rule: 23% YES 77% NO
- Merrionette Park Home Rule: 25% YES 75% NO
In the past, Home Rule units have enacted several ordinances on point-of-sale inspections and transfer fees/taxes, and a host of landlord regulations, just to name a few.
In Franklin Park (Cook County), voters approved a municipal sales tax. Since Franklin Park is not Home Rule, it must seek voter approval to enact a sales tax. Local REALTORS® supported the measure in order to help keep the property tax levy constant in future years and to fund the improvement of aging streets in the village.
- Franklin Park Sales Tax 63% YES 37% NO
RVOICE sent direct mail and did automated phone calls to likely voters in these campaigns.
Congratulations to Illinois REALTOR® Mark Batinick, who beat out two other opponents to win the Republican primary for State Representative of the 97th District seat on Tuesday. Batinick, a REALTOR® who lives in Plainfield, is running for an open seat in the Illinois House. He will face Democrat Dennis Grosskopf in the November General Election.
Batinick’s race was one of 10 local and state Opportunity Races REALTORS® were supporting in the Primary Election.
Among the other primary wins:
- Ron Sandack (81st District) re-election as State Representative
- Ed Sullivan (51st District) re-election as State Representative
- Margo McDermed (37th District) running for an open House seat
- Suzanne Hart / Chuck Maher slate (11th District) Will County Board
- Jim Moustis (2nd District) Will County Board
- Walter Adamic (9th District) Will County Board
- Dennis Reboletti (24th District) running for Illinois Senate (currently in the House)
- Sandra Pihos (48th District) re-election as State Representative
- Alan Kurtz (7th District) Champaign County Board
- Diane Zigrossi slate (9th District) Will County Board
Voters handily defeated Home Rule initiatives in the villages of both Merrionette Park and Rochester.