On April 30th Illinois REALTORS® came from near and far to Springfield, Illinois for the 2019 Capitol Conference. Our very own Megan Oswald was one of the hundreds of REALTORS® that ventured to our state capitol for this exciting 2-day event.

The Conference kicked off on Monday, April 29th with at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield — a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel with an Illinois YPN program as well as the Leadership Development Program Module III: Public Policy and Political Involvement. After these programs concluded everyone headed over to the Illinois REALTORS® offices to honor four members who will be inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame later this month in Washington, D.C.

Following the reception there was a banquet to honor REALTOR® of the Year, Mike Drews the REALTORS® of the Year for 21 local Illinois associations.

The Conference continued on Tuesday, April 30th and began with a lunch at the Bank of Springfield Center. REALTORS® were able to eat, mingle and find out what the conference would have in store for them. Recognized at the lunch was Pat McCarthy, as winner of the 2019 Political Involvement Award as well as military veterans and their families. CEO Gary Clayton was presented with a Illinois Bicentennial flag that flew over the Capitol Building for the 200th anniversary of the state of Illinois by Rep. Tim Butler. Next up to speak was Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs Greg St. Aubin. He thanked the attendees for coming and reminded them how important merely their presence was on a day like today.

After the luncheon, REALTORS® hit the Capitol and the Stratton Building to wait for Congress to end session. Megan and other advocates waited to speak with representatives about a few bills, specifically surrounding rent control and license law.

Megan noted, “it was really powerful to see that if you got a representative’s attention, they really were very willing to listen to what we had to say. When I entered into this profession, I did not imagine I would be down at the capital lobbying for bills, but it is so important. To know that we are advocating for home owners rights and helping the industry as a whole, is a great feeling”.

In a recent update, the session that ended on June 2nd had four important wins for Illinois REALTORS® . . .
– Rent Control failed to launch
– Real estate license law rewrite PASSED with improvements REALTORS® lobbied for
– Commercial assessment bill in Cook County stalled
– Last-minute effort to pas a tripling of the real estate transfer tax or “nonresidential” property STOPPED

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