March 2018 Primary Roundup

/March 2018 Primary Roundup
March 2018 Primary Roundup 2018-04-24T10:12:24+00:00

Backing candidates who understand REALTOR® issues

Illinois REALTORS® works to support political candidates on both sides of the political aisle who share the association’s commitment to private property rights and sound business practices. On March 20, 2018, the association played an extraordinary role in backing candidates in a number of primary races. The association also worked at the local level against several measures which would promote Home Rule in communities. The support, which is in addition to direct RPAC contributions,  comes in two forms:

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Opportunity Race: These races included postcards to registered voters who are members of Illinois REALTORS® more than 47,000 members statewide.

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Independent Expenditure: This is support through direct mail, advertisements and phone calls for candidates which by law is not coordinated with the candidate's campaign.

Here’s a look at races the association worked on for the March Primary:

State Legislative Races

James Jim Durkin

Jim Durkin

R-Burr Ridge
House Republican Leader
Incumbent
Website

IE/OR

Won

Received 67.6% of the vote

Norine Hammond

Norine Hammond

R-Macomb
Asst. House Republican Leader
Incumbent
Website

IE/OR

Won

Received 53.8% of the vote

David Reis

David Reis

R-Olney
Asst. House Republican Leader
Incumbent
Website

IE

Lost

Received 43.2% of the vote

Bob Rita

Bob Rita

D-Blue Island
Incumbent
Website

IE/OR

Won

Received 70% of the vote

Elizabeth Lisa Hernandez

Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez

D-Cicero
Incumbent
Website

OR

Won

Received 57.6% of the vote

Jason Plummer

Jason Plummer

Republican candidate, House Dist. 54
Open seat
Website

IE/OR

Won

Received 57.2% of the vote

Local races

Suzanne Hart

Suzanne Hart

Will County Board, District 11
Incumbent
Website

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Lost

Received 23.4% of the vote

Charles Chuck Maher

Charles “Chuck” Maher

Will County Board, District 11
Incumbent
Website

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Lost

Received 24.0% of the vote

Home Rule Referenda

Home Rule is a legal process by which municipalities can circumvent voters and let elected officials make decisions on taxes and fees. The Illinois Constitution provides that any Illinois municipality above 25,000 residents is automatically a Home Rule community unless voters determine otherwise. The biggest danger is that with Home Rule there is a lack of direct accountability to voters.  Elected officials can make decisions to levy property tax increases, implement fees or impose onerous regulations on properties.

Rockford’s bid to implement Home Rule is unique this year in that voters there opted out of Home Rule status in the early 1980s. Now, city officials want to get Home Rule power back and have said they see it as a necessary way to address budget concerns with additional fees.

All three Home Rule referenda — in Homewood, Merrionette Park and Rockford — were defeated.