Photos from the House visits in DC

On Wednesday, Illinois REALTORS® visited with their representatives in Washington, D.C. as part of the 2017 Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo.

Local Government Affairs Directors and Federal Political Coordinators and REALTORS® from all around the state took part. Among those discussions were meetings with:

  • U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly,
  • U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky,
  • U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider,
  • U.S. Rep. Mike Bost,
  • U.S. Rep. Bill Foster,
  • U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, and
  • U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi.

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..

 

Downs named recipient of NAR’s prestigious Magel Award

Ginger Downs, CEO of Chicago Association of REALTORS® with Gary L. Clayton, CEO of Illinois REALTORS®. Downs was named the recipient of the William R. Magel Award on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.. Clayton is a former Magel Award recipient.

Chicago Association of REALTORS® CEO Ginger Downs is the recipient of the 2017 William R. Magel Award, honoring her for excellence as an association executive.

The announcement was made at the annual Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo held this week in Washington, D.C.

Downs, RCE, CAE, CIPS, IOM, became CAR’s CEO in 2005, and had previously worked in association management in in the Seattle area. In Chicago she has served on the board of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and was president of ALL Chicago in 2014.

A 2012 chair of the NAR Association Executives Committee, Downs is a Golden R investor in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee.

The Magel award is named after a longtime association executive who was to have helped lead the National Association of REALTORS®, but died just before taking office as executive vice president.

Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary L. Clayton is a recipient of the award, as is Terry Penza, former association executive at the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®.

 

Two REALTORS® doing double-duty in DC

Suvarnamani

Silvano

Illinois REALTORS® Vicky Silvano and Nancy Suvarnamani are asking legislators on Capitol Hill to support the rights of property owners and real estate professionals this week on behalf of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA).

They are in Washington, D.C., during the NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings & Expo.

 

While NAR is working hard on the home mortgage interest deduction, the 1031 exchange, flood insurance and government sponsored enterprise (GSE) reform issues, AREAA is on the Hill discussing student loan impacts on mortgage lending, language barriers, reform for the uniform loan application and credit scoring. Together, these two organizations are carrying the message that homeownership and access to capital and cultural barriers to homeownership are both important issues that members of Congress need to be aware of as they make decisions on matters of policy.

U.S. Rep. Judy Chu of California’s 27th District was a speaker at the AREAA Policy Town Hall and stated that “the real estate industry is so important and a favorite for her to meet with since they are most in tune with their communities.” Chu will see the first-hand impact of the collective efforts of both groups.

In some cases, Suvarnamani and Silvano are facilitating conversations that need to take place on these important issues. Suvarnamani, the NAR Federal Political Coordinator to U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, is visiting the senator to discuss the AREAA issues and then participating in the Illinois REALTORS® town hall meeting for Duckworth and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois.

Chicago-area REALTORS® meet with newest member of Illinois congressional delegation

Illinois REALTORS® led by Federal Political Coordinator Bob Dohn meet with Raja Krishnamoorthi as part of REALTOR® Visits to Capitol Hill. Photo: Jon Broadbooks

Illinois REALTORS® told U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi that protecting the Mortgage Interest Deduction was critical to helping the real estate industry and the economy.

The REALTOR® delegation comprised of members in his Chicago-area district met with Krishnamoorthi on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning, part of a series of meetings with Illinois congressional representatives scheduled today and Thursday.

Federal Political Coordinator Bob Dohn led the discussion, which touched on the need to renew federal flood insurance protections and the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange, which allows for reinvestment in real estate.