Final stretch: Illinois REALTORS® to hear Trump speak at RNC on final night

The view from the Illinois delegate section of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The view from the Illinois delegate section of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Photo: Mike Drews.

Illinois REALTORS® had a (nearly) front-row seat for one of the most-talked about speeches of the night on Wednesday at the Republican National Convention, that of former presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

And they will attend the session tonight which wraps things up for the party nominating process.

President Mike Drews and President-elect Doug Carpenter were on the convention floor in Cleveland sitting in the Illinois delegate area for the speech.

“People were pretty restless,” Carpenter said.

Carpenter said the experience of going to the convention, which ends Thursday night, has been “unbelievable.” Illinois REALTORS® have had a chance to meet with a host of policy makers.

“This has been a very beneficial experience, to meet face to face with state and national level people,” Carpenter said. “We have built some relationships and partnerships at many levels in terms of advocacy.”

Carpenter and Drews have passes to be inside the Quicken Loans Center in Cleveland to hear the keynote speech by Donald Trump.

The association’s delegation heads back home Friday, but they won’t be in the state for long. They ship out for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia which is next week. Illinois REALTORS® has a practice of sending delegations to both conventions in presidential election cycles.

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