Illinois REALTORS® can make their voices heard today

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The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. today for the Illinois Consolidated Primary, so keep up the time-honored Illinois REALTOR® tradition of participating in local elections.

Candidates who advance from the primary will be on the April 4 Consolidated Election ballot.

If you’re not sure about the polling places in your town, the Illinois State Board of Elections can provide contact information for your local election authority.

REALTORS® – Vote Tuesday in Illinois Consolidated Primary

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In municipalities throughout the state of Illinois Tuesday, registered voters will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite local candidates during the Consolidated Primary elections.

Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., according to the Illinois State Board of Elections’ (ISBE). Check to make sure you’re registered to vote.

If you need to contact local election authority to get polling place information, the ISBE offers assistance.

For information on many voting topics, visit the ISBE website.

Video: Liddiard warns tax reforms could negatively affect property owners

Potential changes to tax reforms could weaken the opportunity for home owners to use the mortgage interest deduction and eliminate 1031 like-kind exchanges for commercial property owners, says NAR Senior Policy Representative Evan Liddiard in an Illinois REALTORS® video.

“When you raise that standard deduction, you get rid of all the other itemized deductions, particularly state and local tax deduction, it pretty much takes the bottom out of the MID (mortgage interest deduction) for 95 percent of the people,” Liddiard says.

Illinois REALTORS® Treasurer Dan Wagner and Liddiard emphasize the importance of like-kind exchanges. Wagner says Illinois REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® are keeping a close eye on developments. See the video.

Dedicated Dozen begin Leadership Development training in Springfield

Michael Gobber and Becky Kirchner react differently to a question posed during training Thursday.

The 2017 Leadership Development Program began Wednesday in Springfield at the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters and continued Thursday for 12 individual REALTORS®.

Training included: association philosophy, structure and governance; management; committee structures and responsibilities; fiduciary duties, parliamentary procedures, professional standards, member services and strategies for conducting effective meetings.

Participants included:

  • Ayn Bartok, All in One Real Estate Company (Egyptian Board of REALTORS®);
  • Michael Gobber, Real Living Gobber Real Estate (Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®);
  • Terri Jeffries, United Real Estate-Chicago (Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®);
  • Becky Kirchner, RE/MAX Plaza (Heartland REALTOR® Organization);
  • Eric Porter, RE/MAX Realty Associates (Champaign County Association of REALTORS®);
  • Debbie Prodehl, Coldwell Banker Honig Bell (Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®);
  • Timothy Ryan, Real People Realty, Inc., (Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®);
  • Michael Simpson, Lifestyles Real Estate Inc. (REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley);
  • Dena Turner, Century 21 Tucker-Swanson (Capital Area REALTORS®);
  • Andy Velkme, Caton Commercial Real Estate Group (Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS®);
  • Jim Waller, Coldwell Banker Honig Bell (Champaign County Association of REALTORS®); and
  • Joyce Zelazik, Coldwell Banker Honig Bell (Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®).

Independent expenditures from Illinois REALTORS® backs Oyler in Peoria

Registered voters in Peoria have received postcards asking them to vote for REALTOR® Zach Oyler for at-large alderman in the consolidated primary on Feb. 28.

The mailings were sent as part of an independent expenditure campaign. Independent expenditure activities take place in support of a candidate for public office without any coordination with the candidate or the candidate’s campaign.

Oyler serves real estate customers through Keller Williams Premier Realty in Peoria. He serves on the board of trustees for the Peoria Historical Society and is the interim executive director of that organization. In 2014, he lost a bid for a spot on the Peoria County Board.