Illinois REALTORS® supports Gambino with independent expenditures

Registered voters in the city of Rockford’s 1st Ward have received postcards asking them to vote for REALTOR® Frank Gambino for 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.

Gambino is the broker/owner of Gambino Realtors in Rockford and the owner of Gambino Homes, LLC. He is a former Winnebago County board member, and was a former majority leader on that board. He is a Republican.

See, share the January Housing Market Report video

Illinois REALTORS® provides you with statewide monthly market analysis and breakdowns for Chicago and the Chicago PMSA, including a quick-hitting video with three REALTORS® who provide explanations of the January numbers and what they might mean for February and beyond.

The individuals are: Tim Ryan of Real People Realty in Mokena, Vicky Sampah of the Abri Group, LLC in Plainfield, and Carrie Bey-Little of Baird & Warner Real Estate in Glen Ellyn.

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Vote next Tuesday in Illinois Consolidated Primary

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To vote in next Tuesday’s Illinois Consolidated Primary across the state, make sure you know where your election authority is located and whether you’re registered to vote.

Check the Illinois State Board of Elections website for your election authority location, plus information about early voting, online registration, voting by mail and much more.

Those who advance past the primary will compete in the Consolidated Election on April 4.

Morning Minute: Springfield named to ‘Best State Capitals to Live In’

On the strength of a fourth-place ranking in affordability, Springfield received a 20th overall ranking in a comparison of state capitals conducted by the personal finance website, WalletHub.

The study analyzed information in 42 key areas, including: cost of living, number of attractions and K-12 school system quality. The net result was the ranking, the “2017 Best State Capitals to Live In.”

In other real estate news . . .

“Room with a View: How to Accent Your Listing’s Stellar Outdoor Views” — Styled Staged & Sold, REALTOR® Mag Blogs.

“Four Listings presentation questions you should always expect” — Inman

Illinois REALTORS® offices closed Monday for Presidents’ Day

Please note that the Illinois REALTORS® offices in Springfield, including the Legal Hotline, will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Presidents’ Day is observed the third Monday in February, and it is celebrated in most states as a combination of Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12) and George Washington’s birthday (Feb. 22).

The Illinois REALTORS® offices will reopen Tuesday, Feb. 21.