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:
Here’s a look at races the association worked on for the March Primary:
State Legislative Races
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.