IAR adds to staff devoted to Chicago-area issues

Kris Anderson

IAR has tapped a seasoned veteran of Cook County government to help with REALTOR® advocacy in Chicago.

Kristopher “Kris” Anderson joined IAR’s governmental affairs staff on Monday. He will work with IAR’s Chicago Governmental Affairs Director Brian Bernardoni out of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®’ offices.

Anderson will assist Bernardoni on issues that come before the Chicago City Council. He will also work on REALTOR® advocacy with members of the Cook County Board.

Anderson comes to the IAR after 10 years of service for Cook County, serving in its Department of Revenue, its Department of Budget & Management Services and its Board of Review.

While with Cook County’s Department of Revenue, Anderson helped prepare annual revenue projections, managed projects, reviewed requests for proposal and requests for quotation, developed and led numerous investigations of the Cook County Tobacco Tax Ordinance and developed and managed the Cigarette Reward System.

With the Department of Budget & Management Services, Anderson compiled and analyzed budget data for Cook County’s Public Safety Fund, which included 29 departments, $781 million and more than 14,000 positions.  With the Board of Review, he conducted community informational meetings, reviewed residential property taxes and sometimes reduced assessments.

Anderson also served one year as a special assistant to former U.S. Rep. Jesse L. Jackson  Jr.  His duties included resolving constituent issues and helping select candidates to be nominated for U.S. military academies.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign, Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and speech communication. He has a project management strategy certificate from the University of Chicago’s Graham School.

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