Early voting begins today for jurisdictions that held primaries

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Starting today, REALTORS® can use the early voting process for the April 4 elections if they live in communities that held primary elections on Feb. 28.

That’s according to the Illinois State Board of Elections’ website.

The ISBE provides information about early voting in person or using a vote by mail ballot. See all this information and more on the web page titled “Voting Before Election Day.”

Nominations sought for NAR 2017 Good Neighbor Awards

If you know a REALTOR® who helps his or her community through volunteer work, nominate that person for a National Association of REALTORS® 2017 Good Neighbor Award by the May 12 deadline.

Nominees are considered for the award based on their personal impact on the community through volunteer work. To be eligible, nominees must be NAR members in good standing. For more details, judging criteria and a nomination form, call 800-874-6500 or visit www.nar.realtor/gna.

Five winners will be announced in the November/December issue of REALTOR® Magazine and receive a $10,000 grant for their nonprofit organization. Also, they will be honored at the 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 3-6 in Chicago.

The five will receive $10,000 grants for their nonprofit organizations, travel expenses to the conference and considerable media exposure for their charity or cause. Five additional people will receive honorable mentions and $2,500 grants.

Illinois REALTORS® can make their voices heard today

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The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. today for the Illinois Consolidated Primary, so keep up the time-honored Illinois REALTOR® tradition of participating in local elections.

Candidates who advance from the primary will be on the April 4 Consolidated Election ballot.

If you’re not sure about the polling places in your town, the Illinois State Board of Elections can provide contact information for your local election authority.

REALTORS® – Vote Tuesday in Illinois Consolidated Primary

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In municipalities throughout the state of Illinois Tuesday, registered voters will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite local candidates during the Consolidated Primary elections.

Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m., according to the Illinois State Board of Elections’ (ISBE). Check to make sure you’re registered to vote.

If you need to contact local election authority to get polling place information, the ISBE offers assistance.

For information on many voting topics, visit the ISBE website.

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