The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has provided direct contributions to three additional pro-REALTOR® candidates and encourages you to vote for the pro-REALTOR® candidate in your district on Nov. 4.
These Illinois House of Representatives candidates are pro-business, pro-private property rights, low tax and pro-growth on issues that affect the business of real estate. RPAC Trustees consider them “Opportunity Races:”
- 91st House District near Peoria – Rep. Mike Unes (R)
- 103rd House District in Champaign and Urbana – Kristin Williamson (R)
- 112th House District in Metro East near St. Louis – Rep. Dwight Kay (R)
For each candidate, we provide several reasons for your support:
- A longtime friend and champion of IAR and his local REALTOR® associations, Unes was first elected in 2010. He has welcomed IAR members and opened sessions at IAR Public Policy meetings in East Peoria, which is his home.
- The 91st District includes all or parts of the communities of East Peoria, Pekin, Canton, Lewistown, Farmington, Cuba, Bartonville, Marquette Heights, Mapleton, Kingston Mines and Creve Coeur.
- Unes serves on the committees of: Cities and Villages (where IAR often testifies on behalf of private property owners); Human Services Appropriations; Economic Development; Insurance; Small Business Empowerment & Workforce; Transportation; and Elementary and Secondary Education.
- A director of public relations for a private company, Williamson has been a precinct committeeman and former vice chairman of the Champaign County Republican Party. She is running for an open seat of the 103rd District (no incumbent), representing Champaign and Urbana.
- She is an advocate for tax and regulatory measures that reduce the cost of doing business in Illinois and help create new jobs.
- She says a very critical issue in her district is the uncertainty of the pension reform package pending judicial review.
- Rather than raising the taxes on existing property owners, Williamson believes in making home ownership a more affordable reality so that the property tax base can be expanded.
- She is a strong proponent of private property rights
- If the state’s economic condition is improved and more people return to work, Williamson believes the tax base will be expanded and other revenue sources will increase
- First elected in 2010, Kay stresses the importance of economic development in the 112th District and in the state. This district, known as the metro-East area near St. Louis, includes all or part of: Caseyville, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Fairview Heights, Glen Carbon, Granite City, Maryville and O’Fallon.
- He also has co-sponsored key property tax relief measures.
- He serves on the House Judiciary Committee as well as committees for: Public Safety Appropriations, Insurance, Environment and Labor & Commerce.
Read the previous Opportunity Race stories about:
- REALTORS® Sam Yingling and Mark Batinick;
- Sen. Andy Manar (48th District) and Sen. Mike Jacobs (36th District); and
- Rep. Michael McAuliffe (20th), Margo McDermed (37th), Rep. Anna Moeller (43rd), Rep. Sheri Jesiel (61st) and Rep. John Anthony (75th).
(Contributions are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) collects contributions from members of the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) for political activities. A portion of each contribution will be used for state political activities; at least 30 percent will be used for federal campaign purposes. The federal portion will be charged against an individual’s federal contribution limits under 2 USC 441a. Contributions are VOLUNTARY and refusal to contribute does not affect membership rights. A member may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website www.elections.il.gov or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.)