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.

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.

Time-lapse photography captures Springfield YWCA demolition


Anyone lucky enough to be in the third floor conference room at the Illinois REALTORS® building between Feb. 1 and 7 had a front-row seat for the demolition of the old YWCA building on the northwest corner of 5th and Jackson streets. The building has been taken down to make way for a future urban park and pedestrian walkway that will connect the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Illinois State Capitol.

Watch the video to see how the demolition changes the appearance of the block just north of the Illinois Executive Mansion

Peoria city manager, REALTORS® discuss future of city, region

 

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(l to r) Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich chats with REALTORS® Jeff Kolbus and Zach Oyler. Oyler is a candidate for a mid-term opening on the Peoria City Council.

Review of the city’s recently passed budget, including operating budget highlights, investments in infrastructure, rental inspections, code enforcements, property tax levy and historic tax credits for the redevelopment of Peoria’s downtown were among the topics discussed Tuesday afternoon by Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich and about 50 REALTORS®.

The event was organized by the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR).

REALTOR® Jeff Kolbus, Downtown Development Council board member, introduced Urich, who provided REALTORS® with information on community programs and future initiatives, said Local Government Affairs Director Kristie Engerman.

Also, Urich explained how REALTORS® could play an important role in the city’s and the region’s future before he answered questions from the audience. The REALTORS® shared concerns with property taxes, inner city neighborhoods and schools directly impacting the local real estate market. All agreed continuing and increasing the collaborative efforts between the city and the PAAR were important for everyone.

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(l to r) City Manager Patrick Urich and Jeff Kolbus address REALTORS® Tuesday in Peoria.

Village repeals ordinance requiring resale inspections

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Illinois REALTORS® celebrated a victory for residential property owners in the village of Indian Head Park in southwestern Cook County when the village board approved the elimination of resale property inspections last week.

Effective Nov. 11, the vote reinstates the rights of Indian Head Park property owners to sell their property without village inspections and eliminates the municipality’s $200 inspection fee, according to local Illinois REALTORS® Governmental Affairs Director Tom Joseph.

“This is a real win for us,” says Joseph. “It’s very difficult to get municipalities to change a law once it is passed. The Indian Head Park mayor told me that a similar situation in the village of Brookfield played a positive role in Indian Head Park’s decision.”

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The village of Indian Head Park will rely on final water meter readings and enforcement of its property maintenance code to meet the goals of its resale inspection program.

To read about the Brookfield’s 2015 decision, go here.