Local Governmental Affairs Directors "GADs"

Local Issues, Local Victories

Thanks to the efforts of local Governmental Affairs Directors (GAD) and the RVOICE Program Illinois REALTORS® has been able to:

  • The BattleSAVE you and your clients money
  • STOP red tape and fees on real esate transations
  • PROTECT private property rights

Learn about common GAD battles - home rule, fire sprinklers, fees & charges

Governmental Affairs Directors (GADs)

The following are Illinois REALTORS® governmental affairs employees who provide governmental affairs services to local associations through a partnership between Illinois REALTORS® and the local association.

Kristopher Anderson - Chicago Association of REALTORS® 

Kyle Anderson - Egyptian Board of REALTORS®, Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois



Brian Bernardoni - Chicago Association of REALTORS® and its West Towns Chapter 




Conor Brown - Belvidere Board of REALTORS®, Heartland REALTOR® Organization, REALTOR® Association of Northwestern Illinois and Rockford Area Association of REALTORS®


Gideon Blustein - Livingston County Board of REALTORS® and Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®

Kristie EngermanKristie Engerman - Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS®, Mid Valley Association of REALTORS®, Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® and its Lamoine Valley Chapter and Quincy Association of REALTORS®


Alex Finke - REALTORS® Association of the Fox Valley, HomeTown Association of REALTORS®, Illini Valley Association of REALTORS® and Quad City Area REALTOR® Association.


Howard Handler (bio) - North Shore/Barrington Association of REALTORS® and Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (Lake County)



Tom Joseph - Kankakee-Iroquois Ford Association of REALTORS® and Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (South Suburban Cook County) and parts of western Cook County (LaGrange area).

Neil Malone - Capital Area Association of REALTORS® and its West Central Chapter, Central Illinois Board of REALTORS®, Champaign County Association of REALTORS®, Danville Area Board of REALTORS®, Decatur Association of REALTORS and Logan County Board of REALTORS®


Jeff Merrinette  - Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (DuPage County and parts of western and northwest suburban Cook County)


Mike Scobey - Oak Park Association of REALTORS® and liaison to Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS®



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REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) is active in many local communities leading up to election day. You might hear about RPAC supporting a campaign or receive a postcard in the mail for candidates supported by our REALTOR® PAC. Four things you need to know about RPAC campaign support.