RVOICE: Making a difference for Illinois REALTORS®


RVOICE (formerly known as the Advocacy Program) was launched to go beyond working with legislators and local officials and go right to the front door of the homeowner. RVOICE produces hard-hitting direct mail pieces, brochures, ad campaigns, advocacy websites and other tools to make sure elected officials get the message, while giving constituents a way to fight for their property rights. Read more about recent advocacy efforts througout the state.

Advocacy Tools

  • NEW! Property Tax Video and Brochure. IAR has produced an informative video and brochure that can be used to walk clients through the property tax process in Illinois. To view the video and download the brochure, go here

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  • Download FREE brochures and research studies to help you be an informative resource for your clients and prospects.

  • Victory! REALTORS® stop a mandate that would cost Illinois homebuyers millions by requiring installation of fire sprinklers in new residential construction and in older apartment and condo buildings. RVOICE research has shown that sprinkler system mandates drive up the cost of homeownership and are unpopular with owners who would prefer to make their own decision on the issue. Thousands of IAR's members answered a call for action, and the association launched a website, Nosprinklermandate.com.

IAR's advocacy efforts throughout the state:

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Reports from IAR's Local Government Affairs Directors (GADS) by regions served.


REALTORS® Work to Improve Watershed Management Ordinance in Cook County. The measure was the subject of a Call to Action by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Cook County members, and on Oct. 3, the Board of Commissioners passed the proposed Watershed Management Ordinance.


IAR Advocacy Victory! Fire Marshal Withdraws Sprinkler Proposal. Faced with stiff opposition from policymakers and state residents, Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis withdrew an effort to get a joint legislative panel to approve rules mandating the installation of fire sprinklers in new homes and older high-rise residential buildings. Read more. Thousands of Illinois REALTORS® answered calls to action and lobbied against the harmful measure.

Section 8 Voucher Holder Now a Protected Class Under Cook County’s Fair Housing Law. Read IAR's Q&A on the issue and make sure you are following the law.

Multi-Year REALTOR® Effort Ends Monee Transfer Stamp Policy. The elimination of a real estate transfer stamp in Monee, Ill., shows the power of RVOICE, and underscores the value of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ political advocacy.


Illinois REALTORS® speak out against Cook County Watershed Management Ordinance. On Aug. 9, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago concluded public hearings on its draft Cook County Watershed Management Ordinance.


Governor signs Homestead Exemption law at center of multi-year fight. SB41 now provides protections for Cook County residents who mistakenly file for a homestead exemptions. The legislation was the focus of an IAR Call to Action. 

New Q&A on Cook County's Section 8 rule changes. IAR has produced a guide for landlords who must comply with Source of Income protections. Make sure you are following the law.


REALTORS® make difference in Evanston rental policy. An ordinance regulating residential rentals for less than 30 days narrowly passed in Evanston. After receiving feedback from members of the North Shore-Barrington Association, the city agreed to four key exemptions. 


Evanston short term rental proposal could have far-reaching impact. The city of Evanston is considering an ordinance to tighten regulations on short term residential rentals being rented for less than 29 days by classifying them as a subcategory of a bed and breakfast, but the proposal could end up impacting all property owners.

IAR works to dispel fire sprinkler mandate myths.

IAR seeking details on Section 8 mandate in Cook County. A measure that includes protection for source of income passed the county's Board of Commissioners. IAR's members fought the proposal, and the association is seeking details on how it impacts members. See the testimony here and here.

Q-C REALTORS® Campaign Against Mandatory Sprinklers. The Quad-Cities area is the latest battleground in the REALTOR® fight against mandatory fire sprinklers in new residential construction. REALTORS® are part of a local industry coalition educating the public against sprinklers, which would drive up housing costs and limit consumer choice. Read more in the Quad-City Times.


April 9 Election Results. Opportunity Races, Independent Expenditures & RVOICE Victories

IAR using several new tools in the April 9 municipal elections. IAR's Mike Scobey explains how independent expenditures and other targeted efforts can help protect private property rights in Illinois. Remember to vote April 9 for candidates who understand the role real estate plays in a vibrant, recovering economy. VIDEO


IAR’s advocacy effort yields results: SB1155 held…for now. When IAR asked members to fight against legislation that could layer hefty costs to doing business, they responded. Learn how calls made a difference, and what's ahead.


REALTORS® speak out against Highland Park's unfair demolition tax. In a column for the Highland Park Patch, IAR's Howard Handler highlights an unfair tax in the city of Highland Park that hits property owners with a hefty tax bill when they demolish a property.


REALTOR® advocacy squashes fast track pace; more equitable bedbug ordinance sought in Chicago. IAR's Brian Bernardoni testified before a Chicago City Council joint committee as part of discussion of a proposed penalty for landlords who fail to eliminate bedbugs.

RVOICE, REALTORS® successfully work to pass residential quality support ordinance in Rockford. Rockford Alderman Carl Wasco, a REALTOR®, became the lead sponsor of the ordinance after a competing landlord licensing scheme offered by another alderman failed to garner support.



RVOICE is the name of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Advocacy Program. This program, established in 2006, ensures that the interests of REALTORS® and property owners are well represented before state and local governments throughout Illinois.  

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The Battle

This infographic series covers four key battles waged by the IAR GAD team and the RVOICE program to SAVE you and your clients money, STOP red tape and fees on real estate transactions, and PROTECT private property rights.

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