About Jon Broadbooks

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.

Dalessandro leads Region 7 Caucus meeting

Pat Dalessandro leads the Region 7 Caucus at the annual Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., on May 20, 2017.

Former Illinois REALTORS® president and current Region 7 Vice President Pat Dalessandro led the Region 7 Caucus in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

The regional caucus allows leaders of three Midwestern states to come together and discuss market conditions and other aspects of the real estate market. Region 7 is comprised of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Catching up: REALTORS® provide updates at state caucus


At the tail end of a week of meetings in Washington, D.C, Illinois REALTORS® gathered to share updates from a myriad of committee meetings.

Because NAR’s Midyear business meetings are so large, the state caucus provides a chance for brief committee updates on all aspects of the real estate industry. Illinois has a multitude o members who serve on committees.

  • Pradeep Shukla talked about the Federal Taxation Committee’s concern about the fate of the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange and the Mortgage Interest Deduction.
  • Piero Orsi talked about an emerging issue with solar panels. He said there have been an increasing number of cases where homebuyers are caught unaware by amounts owed on solar panels.
  • Christopher Tenggren related that new tiers were going to be established for RPAC giving levels. The tiers will go up in $25,000 increments.
  • Zeke Morris talked about the upcoming 50th anniversary of a commemoration of the Fair Housing Act.
  • Michael Oldenettel: Discussed the fact that there were many intellectual property lawsuits stemming from photo usage.
  • Gary Clayton: The new Bicentennial Plaza, a REALTOR® Community Partnership, will honor fair housing in the U.S.

The state caucus leads up to the Region 7 Caucus where REALTORS® from several states in the Midwest share reports. Pat Dalessandro of Illinois (and a former Illinois REALTORS® president) is Region 7 vice president.

20 for 20: Illinois REALTORS® hit every member of state’s congressional delegation

 

Every year, Illinois REALTORS® sets meetings with every single member of the state’s congressional delegation.

It’s a massive effort that beings many of the association’s members to Capitol Hill and allows them to meet one-on-one with representatives and senators.

This year, the association’s members met with virtually every member of the Congressional delegation, and if they couldn’t do that, they met with key staff to get the private property rights message across.

The effort requires trudging through at least five buildings and dealing with the scheduling changes brought about by called votes.

On Thursday, REALTORS® visited the offices of U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Lipinski, Randy Hultgren and Danny Davis. They also met with U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.

Illinois senators meet with REALTOR® delegation on Capitol Hill

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin laughs as he is introduced by Illinois REALTORS® Federal Political Coordinator Matt Ferrell at a meeting on Thursday. Both of the state’s senators met with REALTORS® in Washington, D.C. for legislative meetings. Photos: Jon Broadbooks

Illinois REALTORS® met the state’s U.S. senators in meetings on Thursday, a capstone to three days of meetings with elected officials on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth meets with Illinois REALTORS® on Thursday in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The Illinois delegation met with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, in a meeting held in the Hart Senate Office Building. Durbin talked about prospects for tax reform, and listened as association members made the case for protecting private property rights.

Durbin was introduced by Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter and Federal Political Coordinator Matt Ferrell.

Later Thursday, REALTORS® met with U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who heard about the need to protect the Mortgage Interest Deduction and the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange tax provision.

Duckworth was introduced by Treasurer-nominee Ed Neaves and Federal Political Coordinator Nancy Suvarnamani. 

 

Fifteen from Illinois honored for significant support of RPAC

Fifteen Illinois REALTORS® were honored for their investment in RPAC, either as Hall of Fame inductees, or for reaching milestone investment levels. From left to right are: Ed Neaves (HOF); David McClintock (HOF); Dana Hybl (HOF); Doug Carpenter, $50,000 level honoree; Gary L. Clayton, $75,000 level honoree; Philip Chiles, HOF; Pat Dalessandro, former inductee who attended the ceremony; Norm Willoughby (HOF); Lynn Madison, $50,000 level honoree; John Kmiecik, $50,000 level honoree; Piero Orsi, $50,000 level honoree.

Eight new Illinois REALTORS® were honored Wednesday with an induction into the National Association of REALTORS® Hall of Fame. And seven more were honored for reaching new milestone investment levels.

To become a NAR Hall of Fame inductee, a REALTOR® has to have invested at least $25,000 in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee.

The eight inducted into the NAR Hall of Fame Wednesday were:

  • Colleen Clavesilla, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES of Crystal Lake. Clavesilla was 2001 Illinois REALTORS® president and has served on the board of directors and numerous association committees.
  • Dana Hybl, ABR, SRES, of Carol Stream. Hybl has served on the association’s Board of Directors in 2012 and has served on numerous committees including Grievance, Housing Opportunity and Political Involvement.
  • David L. McClintock, of New Lenox, CEO of Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®.
  • Ed Prodehl, CRS, of Burr Ridge. He served multiple terms on the association’s Board of Directors.
  • Edwin Neaves, of Bloomington, who was just nominated to be 2018 association treasurer. He was the 2016 Political Involvement Award recipient.
  • Millie Rosenbloom, of Chicago, a former Board of Directors member who served on the the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation board.
  • Norm Willoughby of Decatur. Willoughby is CEO of the Decatur Association of REALTORS® and the Central Illinois Board of REALTORS®. Willoughby is a former assistant commissioner of real estate for Illinois and is an instructor for the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing and Training Center.
  • Philip Chiles, of Springfield, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES. Chiles is a former Illinois REALTORS® president who has served on and chaired numerous committees.

Seven more Illinois REALTORS® honored for ongoing investment in RPAC by NAR

Six people from Illinois were honored for investing at least $50,000 in RPAC, and the seventh person, Gary L. Clayton, was honored for investing more than $75,000 in the political action committee as a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary L. Clayton was celebrated for donating more than $75,000 to RPAC during his career leading one the nation’s largest state real estate groups. Clayton has headed the association since 1983.

Honored for reaching the $50,000 investment level were:

  • Doug Carpenter, ABR, GRI, of Mokena, 2017 Illinois REALTORS® President, and the first Illinois REALTOR® to be inducted into the NAR Hall of Fame. He has served on numerous local, state and national committees in his career.
  • John C. Kmiecik, CRB, of Palos Park. He was 2004 association president, and chaired the NAR Political Advisory Working Group in 2004.
  • Lynn Madison, ABR, BPOR, GRI, SFR, SRES, of Schaumburg, who was 2016 REALTOR® of the Year and has chaired the associations’ Professional Standards Committee.
  • Piero Orsi, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, of Long Grove. Orsi has served on the association’s Board of Directors and has chaired the Major Donor Working Group.
  • Rob Wigton, RCE, CRS, of Edwardsville, CEO of the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®.
  • Pam Krieter, RCE, CIPS, of Franklin Park. She is interim CEO of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, and previously long-time CEO at the association. Krieter has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles in her career, and chaired the association’s task force which shaped the commemoration of its 100th anniversary.  

The seven REALTORS® from Illinois celebrating new investment milestones were honored at an event at the Marriott Wardman in Washington, D.C..