Encouraging signs as new governor takes office in Illinois

REALTOR Ron Abrams opens the Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Member Involvement Group on Monday, Jan. 22, 2015. The group discusses the Illinois Association of REALTORS approach to policy issues as they relate to private property rights.

A new Illinois governor offers the opportunity to build relationships and share common goals, IAR’s Government Affairs Director Greg St. Aubin told those attending the association’s Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria.

St. Aubin, who has been a lobbyist for IAR for more than 25 years, said much remains the same under the new administration: There are veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate and the budget crisis remains as dire as ever.

What differs is Gov. Bruce Rauner’s apparent willingness to build relationships as evidenced by an inauguration day visit to IAR headquarters to attend a legislative reception, St. Aubin said at the Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Member Involvement Group chaired by Chicago REALTOR Ron Abrams.

In terms of how Gov. Rauner will interact with IAR: “We are just going to have to see. Often (new administrations) learn as they get into the process of governing they need us.”

“We’ve been pleased so far and encouraged by his outreach and engagement,” St. Aubin said.

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Jon Broadbooks is Vice President/Communications for Illinois REALTORS®. He serves as editor of online and print content for the association’s communications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and e-newsletters. He conducts spokesperson training seminars and oversees website development for the Association.

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