Improving the number of members registered to vote, increasing the amount of members who respond to Calls for Action and enhancing the already efficient Broker Involvement Program were among the issues presented by the leaders of the Illinois REALTORS Political Involvement Committee (RPIC) Thursday morning in Naperville at the October Business Meetings.
RPIC Chair Mabel Guzman, Vice Chair Christopher Tenggren, SLC Vice Chair Nykea Pippion McGriff, as well as Illinois REALTORS staff members Neil Malone and Jim Clayton presented to members at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.
Guzman reported that committees hit their goal of 100 percent RPAC participation. Malone said a higher percentage of Illinois REALTORS are registered to vote (85.2 percent) than the national figures (82.2), and he spoke about a postcard project designed to contact unregistered members and encourage them to register and vote in November.
Clayton broke down the figures on Political Advocacy Fund grants issued so far this year, noting 85 grants, to 17 local associations for a total value of $131,728. He credited local GAD Kyle Anderson with securing 27 grants to date. He reminded members to submit applications for future grants, even for events held later this year, by Nov. 1.
Tenggren reported on development of the SLC Playbook for next year and thanked committee members who have shared their ideas for enhancements.