Why get involved in Local Elections?
Candidates elected at the local government level (mayor, city council, etc.) often move up to state and federal office. If we can build allies and stop issues affecting real estate at the LOCAL level, we are better prepared to defend our issues at the STATE and FEDERAL levels. Plus, it costs less to make a difference in a local election.
Candidates Supported, Home Rule Battles
Below is a list of home rule battles and candidates support by independent expenditures (or IEs) in the April 4th Illinois Consolidated Election. In the case of IEs, candidates get association support, but the association does not coordinate efforts with the candidate.
Home Rule Referenda
Illinois REALTORS® is involved in working to defeat Home Rule referenda
in five municipalities. Home Rule status means that a local government can bypass voters if elected officials decide to raise taxes. The communities where the association is playing a role are:
- Ottawa - DEFEATED
- Coal City - DEFEATED
- Lynwood - DEFEATED
- Creve Coeur - DEFEATED
- Warrensburg - DEFEATED
Make a difference
Our elected officials are making decisions that have a huge impact on the bottom line of REALTORS® and their customers. How can you get involved?
Go to the Illinois State Board of Elections web page to find out where to do this in your local area: https://ova.elections.il.gov/.
Sign up for the REALTOR® Party mobile text alerts so you when an important issue comes up this year that affects your real estate business, you will hear about it right away. It’s easy to do. Just text REALTORS to 30644 or fill out the online form.
Help elect REALTOR®-supported candidates for public office. Investing just $20 can make a difference. Learn how investing in the Illnois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) protects you and your business.
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