Date: 
April 10, 2013

clipart of thumbs up voteThe Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) provided both direct contributions and extra grassroots support, where we reached out to REALTORS® in April 9th Consolidated Election in Illinois for local candidates. The grassroots program, known as an "Opportunity Race", entailed 19 races - 13 were won by RPAC-supported candidates (68% win rate).

In addition to supporting candidates in the "Opportunity Races", resources were also made available to REALTOR® associations through the NAR "My REALTOR® Party Program" which allowed IAR to provide additional support in the form of direct mail and robo calls in key races. The candidate outreach was determined by an Independent Expenditure (IE) Political Action Committee of IAR. This activity was done independently of the candidate and his/her campaign and without any coordination with the campaign or the candidate. The decision to support these candidates were  made by a committee of the IAR. 13 of 19 IE supported candidates won their races (68% win rate).

REALTORS® support state and local candidates that are supportive of homeownership, private property rights and the real estate industry.

RVOICE also was successful in its advocacy of two referenda issues in South Chicago Heights and Boone County.

Here's a breakdown of the results:

Opportunity Races | Independent Expenditures | Local Referenda

 

Opportunity Races

REALTOR® Phil Chiles (of a three-member team), Capital Township Trustee 
Capital Area Association of REALTORS®

WON

Mark Clayton, Village of Chatham Trustee   
Capital Area Association of REALTORS®

WON

REALTOR® Pam Borowski, Champaign Township Supervisor 
Champaign County Association of REALTORS®

LOST

Ricky Gottman, City of Vandalia Mayor (incumbent) 
Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®

WON

REALTOR® Linda Wheaton, Village of Godfrey Trustee
Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®

LOST

REALTOR® Corey Brackmann, Marengo City Council  
Heartland REALTOR® Organization

LOST

REALTOR® Bruce Kaplan, Village President of Cary  
Heartland REALTOR® Organization

LOST

REALTOR® Mary Mahady, McHenry Township Assessor 
Heartland REALTOR® Organization

WON

Lawrence Elster, Village of Lincolnwood Trustee 
North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®

WON

Alan Farkas, Village of Deerfield Trustee
North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®

WON

REALTOR® David Levin, Mayor of Rock Island
Quad City Area REALTOR® Association

LOST

REALTOR® Courtney Cardona, City of O’Fallon Alderman Ward 5
REALTOR® Association of Southern Illinois

WON

REALTOR® Dean Hardt, City of Belleville Treasurer
REALTOR® Association of Southern Illinois

WON

Mark Eckert, Incumbent candidate for City of Belleville Mayor
REALTOR® Association of Southern Illinois

WON

Michael Connor, Rockford School Board, Sub-district F
Rockford Area Association of REALTORS®

WON

Jaime Escobedo, Rockford School Board, Sub-district G 
Rockford Area Association of REALTORS®

LOST

Frank Haney, Rock Valley College Board of Trustees
Rockford Area Association of REALTORS®

WON

Michael Harner, Rockford School Board, Sub-district E
Rockford Area Association of REALTORS®

WON

Steven Streit, City of Lockport Mayor
Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®

WON

 

Independent Expenditure Races:

Tari Renner, City of Bloomington Mayor
Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS®

WON

REALTOR® Linda Wheaton, Village Of Godfrey Trustee
Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®

LOST

Ricky Gottman, City of Vandalia Mayor
Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®

WON

REALTOR® Bruce Kaplan, Village President Of Cary
Heartland REALTOR® Organization

LOST

REALTOR® Kris Wasowicz, Village President of Justice
Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

WON

Don DeGraff, Village President of South Holland
Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

WON

Mike Einhorn, Village President of Crete
Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

WON

Jay Farquhar, Village President of Monee
Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

WON

Rick Reinbold, Village President of Richton Park
Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

WON

Skip Saviano, Village President of Elmwood Park
Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

WON

Frank Soto, Village President of Bensenville
Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

WON

Ed Zabrocki, Village President of Tinley Park
Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

WON

Mike Basil, Village President Of Wilmette
North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®

LOST

Kathy Murphy-Pieri, City of Highwood Mayor
North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®

LOST

Ed Tivador, City of Evanston Alderman
North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®

LOST

REALTOR® David Levin, City of Rock Island Mayor
Quad City Area REALTOR® Association

LOST

John Prigge, City of Elgin Councilman
REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley

WON

Mark Eckert, City of Belleville Mayor
REALTOR® Association of Southern Illinois

WON

REALTOR® Dean Hardt, City of Belleville Treasurer
REALTOR® Association of Southern Illinois

WON

 

Local Referenda Victories

South Chicago Heights Home Rule

NO: 51.6%     YES: 48.4%

Boone County 1% Sales Tax for School Bond Relief

NO: 35%     YES: 65%

 


rpac logoThe REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) is active in many local communities leading up to election day.

Questions about RPAC funding for candidates? Contact the local Government Affairs Director (GAD) in your area or the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, 217-529-2600, IARaccess@iar.org

 

Disclosure: 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% 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.

 

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