As a member of the Illinois REALTORS®, you are among 44,000 colleagues who care deeply about how the real estate industry is regulated. Many of our members make voluntary contributions to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee, or RPAC, which promotes the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates. These contributions are not members’ dues; this is money given freely by REALTORS® in recognition of how important campaign fundraising is to the political process.
It may be tempting to look at the relative ease with which you can practice real estate in Illinois and assume that today’s marketplace evolved naturally, that policy makers had your interests in mind all along. But that’s just not so. Without your associations’ efforts – local, state and national – you’d be inundated in ridiculous red tape and legal liability, and your customers and clients would have a steeper climb toward homeownership. Click here to see recent legislative wins and the 2016 Legislative Issues Talking Points (pdf).
Contributions to RPAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The amounts indicated are merely guidelines and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amounts. The National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or decision not to contribute. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Up to thirty percent (30%) may be sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a. 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.