Join us for the largest event of the year….Foursomes are going fast, call today to reserve your spot!
Join us for the largest event of the year….Foursomes are going fast, call today to reserve your spot!
It is time once again for the SSHBA Kentucky Derby Raffle. If you are new to the association or you have not supported this event in the past, consider doing so this year. If you are one of the hundreds that have continually participated please know that your support has always been appreciated, and I hope that we can count on your continued support this year.
The Kentucky Derby Raffle is one of the largest events the SSHBA hosts. For the 200 people attending in past years, the event is always very exciting, businesses flourish with many new found relationships and its most definitely full of good, old fashion “fun”.
This year’s event promises to be better than ever. The Kentucky Derby Raffle will be held on Friday, April 27th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Harrah’s Casino in Joliet, IL. The Grand Prize this year is $2,500 (based on a minimum of 250 tickets sold).
An $85 ticket entitles the holder to a chance at the $2,500 prize, buffet, and open bar for 3 hours. This event has proven itself, year after year, to be a serious, networking opportunity to expand your business.
New this year, you can also race a wooden horse! Paint/decorate it yourself or sponsor a pre-decorated horse to be “raced” that night! Call our office ASAP for details and to get your name on the list as we need to get the horses to sponsors very soon!
See you on Friday, April 27th!!!
It is time to be heard.
In any climate, political conversations are always tricky. However, these days, political conversations can turn toxic fast. Spirited debates have given way to Twitter fights and petty name calling by all parties involved. It seems as though everyone has a VERY strong opinion of how things should be done and who should be doing that job.
THIS is not a political conversation but it does involve politics. You see, it doesn’t really matter to me who you voted for or who you rally behind. As American’s we have a right to be an individual but as builders, we have a duty to stand together.
Your SSHBA is your clearest path to having a voice in the political conversation. On local, State and National levels – decisions are being made that affect the profitability and maybe even the very existence of your business. This is not the time to stand by idly and watch conversations happen, treaties need to be negotiated, bills getting passed and laws/codes being enforced. Too often we feel as though our opinion doesn’t matter and I am telling you now that it does.
By all accounts, the housing economy is booming. According to the National Association of Realtors, listings are selling 8% faster than this time last year. There are a record low number of homes for sale and demand is growing. Yet, many of us aren’t racing to build new homes to the market and for good reason.
The cost to build a new home is escalating faster than the demand. These costs are sure to increase further with uncertainty in the steel tariffs and the renegotiating of NAFTA. Why does this matter? Because lumber prices are at an all-time high and Canada is our largest provider of lumber. This is a national issue that impacts all of us.
On the State and local level, our cash hungry politicians are reading positive housing headlines and you can bet that they are quickly finding ways to increase THEIR revenue by taxing your success and dumping more fees and regulations on our industry. Can you afford that?
Lobby day is April 17th and your SSHBA representatives will be traveling down to Springfield to meet with our state legislators. We desperately need to have our voice heard. If you would like for us to bring up a specific item, please contact Shannon as soon as possible.
On a different, but related note, you will be hearing more in the upcoming months about contributing to our PAC fund. As you know, increasing the PAC fund is a task that our former President Pat Franz is passionate about and we need to listen to him. He has dedicated a tremendous amount of his time and resources to reaching a lofty goal of $250,000 and I believe he can do it. I believe that we can do it. He lit the spark and now we need to feed the fire.
Understand that this organization exists for the sole purpose of enhancing the livelihood of each of its members. The dues that you pay and the donations you submit will ultimately benefit you both personally and professionally. The time you spend involved with the SSHBA is an investment in your business.
We will let you know about the progress we make on Lobby Day. Please join us on April 27th for the Kentucky Derby Raffle at Harrah’s Casino and find out just how great the SSHBA can be for you!
Interested in getting involved on the governmental side of the building industry? Join us on Tuesday, April 17th as the SSHBA travels down to the Capitol in Springfield to meet with our local legislators and fight for important issues that affect the building industry! You can meet us in Springfield or take the train out of the Joliet Amtrak station with us that morning. Please let our office know ASAP if you would like to attend.
The following are some house and state bills in particular that we will be discussing.
HB 4268 – (Thapedi) Mechanic’s Lien Act within the Home Repair & Remodeling Act
Amends the Home Repair and Remodeling Act. HB4268 takes portions of the Mechanic’s Lien Act (MLA) and places them in the Home Repair & Remodeling Act (HRRA). This language is not identical to the MLA and contradicts the procedures required in the MLA. The bill also allows home owners to take over the duties of paying the subcontractors. The Illinois Bankers Association believes this will cause chaos and confusion for consumers, contractors, and lenders. A consumer stepping into the shoes of a general contractor is contrary to contractual law and will allow home owners to interfere with the contractual rights between general contractors and their subs. The Illinois Bar Association generated this bill, but acknowledges our concerns. A proposed amendment has been offered, but HBAI is still opposed.
An amendment is being drafted to address our concerns. Payments by homeowners, Sworn Statements, and insuring that a violation of the MLA does not constitute a violation of the HRRA are being addressed. Rep. Thapedi plans to hold the bill until there is agreement on all sides.
SB2336 – (McConnaughay) Tax reassessment
Amends the Property Tax Code. In a Section concerning tax objections, provides that, when a change in assessed valuation of $100,000 or more is sought: (i) on the date the initial complaint is filed, the plaintiff shall send a copy of the complaint to the custodian of funds of each of the taxing districts against which the complaint is directed; and (ii) each of the taxing districts shall have the unconditional right to intervene in the cause of action. Effective immediately. It should not be the duty of taxpayers to be forced by government to round up opponents for their own tax reassessments. HBAI is Opposed.
HB4203 – (Andersson) Contesting Annexations
HB4203 extends the time to contest the annexation of territory from one year to ten years, on the question of whether the property is contiguous to the municipality. A lot can happen to annexed property within ten years. Property owners could have their investments ruined by reversing a decision ten years after annexation. HBAI is opposed.
SB2268 – (Raul) Worker Protection Unit
SB2268 creates the Worker Protection Unit within the Attorney General’s Office. SB2268 is a power grab supported by organized labor to take duties from the Illinois Dept. of Labor and place them in the office of the Illinois Attorney General. HBAI believes the administration of the Employee Classification Act, Prevailing Wage Act, and several other worker/employer statutes should remain in the hands of the Dept. of Labor. This will ensure equal protection for Illinois workers and Illinois business owners. HBAI is Opposed.
SB2531 – (Murphy) Conservation Housing Development Act
SB2531 is a statewide tree preservation bill mandating a new state permit on new residential construction, as drafted. The bill is opposed by HBAI, the Realtors, and the Dept. of Natural Resources. Senator Murphy is to amend the bill down to an optional incentive program that would provide a property tax cut for the developer following the implementation of a tree preservation plan.
SB2480 – (Hastings) Illinois Hazardous Materials Workforce Training Act
SB2480 requires Illinois EPA to implement a program for advanced safety training for workers at high hazard facilities. Requires construction contractors and subcontractors use a skilled and trained workforce to perform all onsite work within an apprenticeable occupation in the building and construction trades. The bill is supported by the Heating & A.C. Insulators Union and is opposed by HBAI and many other business associations.
HB4324 – (Welch) Wage Lien Act
HB4324 provides that lien exists on an employer’s property for unpaid wages owed to an employee. HBAI and many other business associations are opposed to this bill.
HB4531 – (Moylan) Repeals Developer Insurance Option on Public Construction Bonds
HB4531 repeals the right of developers to choose a cash bond, certified letter of credit, or surety bond when posting an assurance for the completion of work on public construction projects. Municipalities and counties would be given the authority to require a letter of credit or a surety bond. HBAI is vehemently opposed.
Illinois Needs Construction Workers
Labor Shortage in IL – Did you know that, nationwide, there are currently 210,000 job openings in construction? That number is up from 178,000 from just one year ago.* Now, did you know that Illinois is tied with Hawaii as the best paying state for construction workers ($56,180)? And, the top two best paying cities for construction workers in the country is Elgin at #1, and Chicago at #2.** Washington needs a bipartisan effort now to resolve the Visa issue for the construction industry. And, Illinois lawmakers should do everything possible to attract young people and those in transition into vocational training to increase a qualified workforce for the construction industry. Let’s make jobs and grow!
*Elliot F. Eisenberg, Ph.D. in Economics, 2018
**U.S. News and World Report, 2018
If the kick off night for 2018 was any indication, it is going to be a great year of events AND attendance for our SSHBA! I’d like to thank the great people at Southwest Fireplace Supply and Hines Supply for being Premier Patron Sponsors and Hines Supply for sponsoring the photo booth. I think I speak for everyone when I say that a great time was had by all who attended.
For those of you who heard me speak, this is going to seem redundant but I think it is so important. We have a voice and as builders, as associates, and as contributors to America’s great economy, we must be heard. This can only be achieved by not only growing our membership and increasing our numbers but by staying informed and staying involved.
Once again, I am challenging each and every one of you to get at least one more member. One. We can double our organization and double our impact in our Nation, Springfield and on the local level. The housing market is heating up and now is the time to make things happen.
Once you cross the task of getting a new member off your “To Do” list, why not take it a step further and get involved with the organization? We all have talents and there are plenty of opportunities to use those talents in a variety of committees ranging from education to leadership to events and membership. What do you want to do? Give the SSHBA a call and let them help you find a spot.
I’d like to thank those of you who read my column last month and took the time to reach out. This 2-way feedback is exactly what we need to make positive changes in our organization. I’d love to hear from more of you and can be reached most easily at email@example.com.
It is going to be a great year and I thank you for making SSHBA a part of it!