Illinois REALTORS® can login and read this week’s State Capitol Report for a quick recap of the final days of Illinois’ 99th General Assembly and the opening days of the 100th General Assembly, including the return of four incumbent REALTORS® and the introduction of one newcomer.
The incumbent REALTORS® include: State Sen. Bill Brady (44th Senate District), Rep. Sam Yingling (62nd House District), Rep. Keith Sommer (88th) and Rep. Mark Batinick (97th). Rep. Tony McCombie (71st) is the latest REALTOR® to be elected to the General Assembly.
Brady is the co-founder and owner of: RE/MAX Choice in Champaign and Bloomington; RE/MAX 1st Choice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Brady Property Management; True Clean Restoration; and Illinois Title Group. Also, he is the co-founder of Brady Realtors in Clinton and Lincoln as well as Brady Homes. He has served as the senator of the 44th District since 2002. He ran unopposed in 2016.
Sommer first served as a representative for District 89 in 1998 and was reelected in 2000. He won five consecutive terms as representative for District 106, then won three consecutive terms for District 88.
Yingling is part of a family owned business, New Century Real Estate in Round Lake. He began serving his district in 2012 and won reelection in 2014 and 2016. Prior to that, he served as Avon Township supervisor in Lake County.
Batinick was first elected to represent the 97th District in 2014 and won reelection in November 2016 when he ran unopposed. He is a broker associate for RE/MAX Professionals Select in Naperville.
McCombie is a broker for Mel Foster Co. in Savanna and the owner of Blue Appraisals, LLC, a real estate company that serves clients in Illinois and Iowa. She has been the mayor of Savanna, a small town in northwestern Illinois along the Mississippi River. Prior to that, she served on the Savanna City Council.
Illinois REALTORS® oppose a change to the Residential Real Property Disclosure Act (Senate Bill 168) and support the extension of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit (Senate Bill 2921) to Dec. 31, 2021, according to the latest State Capitol Report (login required). The tax credit is due to expire at the end of 2016.
The Illinois General Assembly considered these bills and more last week in Springfield before adjourning for the Thanksgiving holiday. State senators and representatives are due back in session Tuesday, Nov. 29. In addition to monitoring these two bills, the association has taken a neutral stance on three other pieces of legislation discussed last week:
- two amendments for Senate Bill 2566 – one extending the fee for the Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund to Jan. 1 2018 and the other extending it to Jan. 1, 2020;
- the addition of eight provisions to the Special Services Area Tax Law in the City of Chicago through House Bill 1384; and
- extending the life of a tax increment financing district in the village of Milledgeville through Senate Bill 3451.
For more details on these bills, a proposed constitutional amendment limiting terms of office for members of the General Assembly and statewide executive offices, and action regarding three bills vetoed in the Spring Session by Gov. Bruce Rauner, read the Nov. 18 State Capitol Report by Julie Sullivan, assistant director, legislative and political affairs.
The General Assembly was in session Wednesday and Thursday this week, concluding with passage of an agreed budget package which will provide a stopgap budget to the end of the calendar year.
The General Assembly also approved SB 2562, an omnibus bill that extends the term of various Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts around the state and creates a new transit-oriented TIF in Chicago. TIFs are important economic development tools that are used in municipalities statewide.
The General Assembly tackled the issue of funding the Chicago Teachers’ pension fund by including the reestablishment of an annual property tax levy for the Chicago Public Schools dedicated to the pension fund (SB 318). The levy is capped at a rate of 0.383 percent.
The fall session dates were announced: Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
The July 1, 2016 issue of State Capitol Report provides additional information on these issues.
Also of note: NAR’s Call for Action, asking the United States Senate to pass H.R. 3700/S. 3083 will remain open until the Senate adjourns for its summer recess on or about July 15, 2016. PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS IMPORTANT CALL FOR ACTION!
As the General Assembly nears its May 31 scheduled adjournment, budget and school funding issues dominate the big picture issues. As of late Friday afternoon, the House had adjourned until Sunday but the Senate was continuing to debate and vote on the many issues on their calendar. According to today’s edition of the Illinois State Capitol Report (members only), it is expected that both chambers will take Saturday off but return to work Sunday and continue throughout the Memorial Day holiday.
Illinois REALTORS® lobbyists are monitoring the progress of many bills, especially ones that would have an adverse effect on the real estate industry or private property rights. For example, our association:
- supports Senate Bill 2805 which adds two real estate licensees to the Illinois Electronic Recording Commission;
- is now neutral on Senate Bill 2300 which amends the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act to require that if a lead mitigation notice is issued on a rental property it can’t be leased to a new tenant until mitigation is completed;
- supports House Bill 229 which would grant the Lake and McHenry county boards the authority to dissolve or consolidate governmental units or functions, with the exception of conservation districts and mental health boards;
- is neutral on House Bill 4562 which increases civil penalties under the Human Rights Act relating to real estate transactions so Illinois is consistent with federal law;
- continues to monitor Senate Bill 321 which would extend the River Edge Redevelopment Zone until 2020. These Zones help revive and redevelop areas for economic development on environmentally challenged properties adjacent to rivers in five Illinois communities.
Illinois voters will have the chance to decide whether transportation funds can be used for other purposes after the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives approved a proposed constitutional amendment last week.
The proposal, known as HJRCA36, needed to be approved this week by both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly in order to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot, noted Friday’s State Capitol Report for Illinois REALTORS®. Although several other proposed constitutional changes were discussed by lawmakers – including a shift to a graduated income tax rate – this was the only one to be voted on by both the Senate and the House. Members can login and get more details.
Among the other items noted in the State Capitol Report was the citizen petition effort to get a constitutional amendment on the November ballot to establish a non-partisan, independent commission for drawing state legislative districts. Nearly 600,000 signatures were filed at the State Board of Elections Friday, which is more than twice the required amount for filing.
For more news on real estate related activities at the Capitol, read the entire issue.