DR Legal News: Why We Focus Local

Why We Focus Local

by Mike Scobey, Illinois REALTORS® Director of Local Advocacy and Global Programs

Every day, the Illinois REALTORS®' Local Government Affairs Directors (GADs) are monitoring local governments to make sure that we have a place at the table in discussions on public policy that affects real estate. The GADs watch for and weigh in on proposed ordinances that impact property owners and REALTORS.

Here are just a few issues that have come up in recent weeks:

Elwood Fire Sprinklers: A coalition of REALTORS® and builders in this Will County municipality worked to rescind a mandatory fire sprinkler installation ordinance (originally enacted in 2015).

Chicago - Proposed Fees on New Development: REALTORS® are opposing a proposed plan to impose new fees on residential development in areas around the 606 bike trail.

Springfield - Bedbugs Ordinance: A proposal to create new and costly landlord responsibilities regarding bedbugs was stopped in the City Council.
Chillicothe Sprinklers: A proposed ordinance to require sprinkler installation in all new homes was stopped in this Peoria County municipality.

Beach Park Inspections: Homeowners in this Lake County town are being mobilized to actively oppose a recently-enacted policy requiring "point of sale" property inspections.
Vacant Property Registration Ordinance in Yorkville: After a series of negotiations, a fair and reasonable vacant property registration ordinance was developed in Yorkville (Kendall County).