May is Advocacy Month! Advocacy is a critical part of your REALTOR membership. We’re constantly working on your behalf at the local, state and national level to advance legislation that keeps the real estate industry and your clients’ private property rights strong. There are several ways you can get involved with our work. Keep reading for additional resources, tools and events to check out this month!
Connect with Your Federal Political Coordinator & National Representation
Did you know there is a program designed to keep issues important to the real estate industry top of mind for your Congressional legislators? The Illinois REALTORS® Federal Political Coordinators help protect your interests by establishing and maintaining relationships with specific members of Congress. The Federal Political Coordinators stay in touch in the Congressional member’s home district here in Illinois and in Washington, D.C., to advocate for the bills that matter. FPCs also push for amendments or a stop to legislation that may hurt REALTORS® or their clients. The Federal Political Coordinators make a difference every day for your business.
Below is your guide to Chicago’s legislators and the FPCs who engage with them on your behalf. Learn more about the FPC program in this video.
Livestream the NAR Legislative Meetings
While the bulk of the NAR Legislative Meetings are back in person this year in Washington, D.C., there are several important sessions available for you to livestream from Chicago! Check out the schedule below:
- Monday, May 2
- 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Our Racial Moment of Truth: The Infrastructure of Our Divisions and Its Impact on Housing Policy
- 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Real Property Valuation Forum: Addressing Bias in the Appraisal Process
- 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM The Advocacy Scoop
- Tuesday, May 3
- 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM General Session: Inside Politics with Punchbowl News
- Wednesday, May 4
- 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM Residential Economic Issues & Trends Forum
- 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Emerging Business Issues & Technology Forum: Which Emerging Tech Trends Will Impact Your Business in the Coming Years?
- Friday, May 6
- 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM Board of Directors Meeting
Get Involved & Add Your Voice
Every month, your government affairs directors host Coffee with Your GADs to ensure you stay in the know on the issues impacting our industry. Don’t miss out on this chance to add your voice to the conversation.
REGISTER TO VOTE/UPDATE YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION
Make sure your voice is heard at every level: local, state and national. Ensure you are registered to vote, check to make sure your voter registration is up-to-date and encourage your sphere to do the same so you’re ready for the June primary!
Invest via the RPAC Raffle!
As an industry, we raise and spend money to elect candidates who understand and support our interests. These investments come from REALTORS like you. RPAC dollars help to ensure we have a seat at the table and advance legislation that keeps the real estate industry, our clients and our communities strong.
This spring & summer, we’re making it easy for you to invest in RPAC. Each $20 Fair Share Contribution enters you to win! Winners will be drawn at the Annual Business Meeting in August.
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