RVOICE: IAR's Advocacy Program

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

  • 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 or share the video and download the brochure, go here.

  • ilskylights.com - Quickly find your political district and learn about local advocacy issues. 
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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:

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



Fire marshal pledges to work collaboratively on fire safety issue.

Will County code change vote doesn’t include costly fire sprinkler mandate.


Effort to reform Condo Law gets backing from Illinois Senate.


RVOICE efforts bring wins on home rule, sales tax questions in Illinois Primary.

Illinois governmental affairs work highlighted as part of conference panel.

Heartland REALTOR® Organization and Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® team up to fight Fox Waterway Agency dissolution.


Anderson speaks at Egyptian Board’s Ed/Tech event


A rental regulation we can get behind

Skokie passes comprehensive rental regulations after near two-year struggle.



IAR successfully urges changes to Oak Park rental ordinance


Impact Fees: Back on our Radar but Troubling for Purchasers of New Construction Homes. 

October 2013

REALTORS® Work to Improve Watershed Management Ordinance in Cook County.

September 2013

IAR Advocacy Victory! Fire Marshal Withdraws Sprinkler Proposal. | Read more.

Section 8 Voucher Holder Now a Protected Class Under Cook County’s Fair Housing Law. Read IAR's Q&A on the issue.

Multi-Year REALTOR® Effort Ends Monee Transfer Stamp Policy.


Illinois REALTORS® speak out against Cook County Watershed Management Ordinance.


Governor signs Homestead Exemption law at center of multi-year fight.

New Q&A on Cook County's Section 8 rule changes.


REALTORS® make difference in Evanston rental policy.


Evanston short term rental proposal could have far-reaching impact. 

IAR works to dispel fire sprinkler mandate myths.

IAR seeking details on Section 8 mandate in Cook County. See the testimony here and here.

Q-C REALTORS® Campaign Against Mandatory Sprinklers


April 9 Election Results.

IAR using several new tools in the April 9 municipal elections. | VIDEO


IAR’s advocacy effort yields results: SB1155 held…for now. 


REALTORS® speak out against Highland Park's unfair demolition tax.


REALTOR® advocacy squashes fast track pace; more equitable bedbug ordinance sought in Chicago. 

RVOICE, REALTORS® successfully work to pass residential quality support ordinance in Rockford. 



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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On Common Ground

On Common Ground is a semi-annual newsletter sent to Illinois elected officials that provides research, local ordinance and state law updates, and economic data related to the Illinois real estate industry. 


What is RVOICE?

  • Independent Research
  • Legal Analysis
  • Issues Campaigns
  • Public Opinion Surveys
  • Voter Outreach
  • Data Analysis