Local Government Affairs Directors "GADs"

Local Issues, Local Victories

Thanks to the efforts of local Government Affairs Directors and the RVOICE Program IAR has been able to:

  • The BattleSAVE you and your clients money
  • STOP red tape and fees on real esate transations
  • PROTECT private property rights

See what battles have taken place in Illinois.

Government Affairs Directors (GAD) Contacts

The following are IAR governmental affairs employees who provide governmental affairs services to local associations through a partnership between IAR and the local association.

Kris Anderson - Chicago Association of REALTORS® 

Kyle Anderson - Egyptian Board of REALTORS®, Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois



Brian Bernardoni - Chicago Association of REALTORS®




Conor Brown - Belvidere Board of REALTORS®, Heartland REALTOR® Organization, Rockford Area Association of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Association of Northwestern Illinois


Kristie EngermanKristie Engerman - Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS®, Lamoine Valley Board of REALTORS®, Livingston County Board of REALTORS®, Mid Valley Association of REALTORS®, Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®, Quad City Area REALTOR® Association, Quincy Association of REALTORS®, Pekin Area Board of REALTORS® and West Central Illinois Association of REALTORS®


Alex Finke - REALTORS® Association of the Fox Valley, Illini Valley Association of REALTORS®, HomeTown Association of REALTORS® and Quad City Area REALTOR® Association.


Howard Handler (bio) - North Shore/Barrington Association of REALTORS® and Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (Lake County)



Tom Joseph - Kankakee-Iroquois Ford Association of REALTORS®, Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® and Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (South Suburban Cook County)

Neil Malone - Capital Area Association of REALTORS®, Central Illinois Board of REALTORS®, Champaign County Association of REALTORS®, Danville Area Board of REALTORS®, Decatur Association of REALTORS®, Jacksonville Association of REALTORS® and Logan County Board of REALTORS®


Jeff Merrinette  - Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (DuPage County, Northwest Suburban Cook County)



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