Learn more about the 2016 IAR treasurer candidates

As the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ Nominating Committee gathers information and meets with 2016 IAR Treasurer Candidates Jeff Gregory and Matt Difanis, you can consider their qualifications too.

Both have a history of success serving clients and helping colleagues through local, state and national REALTOR® associations. IAR has established a webpage with bios and links to materials they are using to introduce themselves as candidates for the position. The page is: http://www.illinoisrealtor.org/node/3710.

An announcement is expected on April 14 at the IAR Capitol Conference.

IAR Board takes steps to enhance political advocacy efforts

IAR’s board of directors approved a $25 increase in the RVOICE Initiative Assessment, earmarking the additional funds to enhance the association’s mission of promoting and defending private property rights.

The board approved the measure at its meeting on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in East Peoria.

The current RVOICE assessment is $50. The additional $25 approved by the board will be collected for 2016, and will go into a Political Advocacy Fund.

The RVOICE program provides funding for governmental affairs work on behalf of REALTOR® members in communities throughout the state. The program also educates homeowners about private property issues and supports political candidates who understand issues which are important to IAR’s 43,000 members.

The approval came after an earlier vote that shifted $400,000 from the RVOICE /Advocacy Fund to start up the Political Advocacy Fund.

According to IAR CEO Gary Clayton, the RVOICE assessment has been unchanged for six years.


Dalessandro named 2017 vice president for NAR’s Region 7

Longtime IAR member Pat Dalessandro was named regional vice president for 2017 by IAR board.

Region 7 includes Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, and as president Dalessandro will work on REALTOR® advocacy both regionally and at the national level.

Sheryl Grider Whitehurst is 2015 vice president. John Kmiecik was 2014 vice president. Both Whitehurst and Kmiecik are former IAR presidents.

Dalessandro was IAR president in 1997, and was named Illinois REALTOR® of the Year in 2008. He has served as chair and as a member of numerous IAR committees.

The IAR board sanctioned the recommendation at its meeting in East Peoria on Jan. 22, 2015.

IAR Policy Meeting events raise more than $91,000

Bloomington REALTOR® Ed Neaves checks people in at the 2015 RPAC Auction in East Peoria on Jan. 20. The event and a Golf for Good reception raised more than $91,000.

A pair of events at the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria raised more than $91,000 to benefit the association’s political action committee and an educational foundation.

  • The RPAC auction held on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, raised more than $81,000. The money is used for political advocacy.
  • A Golf for Good event on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, raised more than $10,000. The money will help the Real Estate Educational Foundation’s mission of providing scholarships for those interested in a career in real estate or a related field.

Wiercinski recognized by board for service with proclamation

Chuck Wiercinski

Longtime IAR member and former association board member Chuck Wiercinski was honored for a lifetime of service at IAR’s Board of Directors meeting in East Peoria on Jan. 22.

Wiercinski, who served on numerous IAR committees and had been honored with the association’s political involvement award, died in December after a long illness.

IAR Board member Pat Dalessandro accepted the proclamation on behalf of Wiercinski’s wife, Kathy. He will give it to her at a later date.

“He loved doing what he did,” Dalessandro said. “He was active in his community, chamber of commerce and was politically active at grass roots level. He played a large role in my life, and he was a good friend.”

Wiercinski was a member of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s Education Advisory Board. Wiercinski held numerous leadership positions with IAR. He chaired the Commercial Industrial Investment Committee four times since 2003, was vice chair and later chair of the Public Policy Member Involvement Group and vice chair and chair of the Business Issues/License Law Working Group.

Wiercinski was recognized with IAR’s Political Involvement Award in 2009, and was REALTOR® of the Year for the Northwest Suburban Association of REALTORS®, REALTOR® Association of Northwest Chicagoland and Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS®.