Politics is About Relationships
We at the Home Builders Association of Illinois, would do well to have programs that initiate and enhance our relationships with Illinois legislators and Constitutional Officers.
Right now, we have our annual HBAI Lobby Day April 17th at the Sanngamo Club; we ask you to sign up for and participate in VoterVoice; and, we ask that you participate in political functions with legislators in your area. That’s all good stuff, but it’s not enough.
Your personal ability to understand and influence the issues faced by elected officials ties greatly to the level of relationship you have with them.
Part of our Strategic Plan to enhance our Government Affairs Mission is to create a data base of relationships that our members have with Springfield politicians and then, do things that initiate and enhance more relationships with the Illinois General Assembly.
VoterVoice has made it easy for us to get started and now we ask that you take just a few minutes out of your day to hit the link below and fill us in with who you know and how you know them.
- Hit the link.
- If you already have registered for VoterVoice your information will show and then click the “continue” button.
- If you haven’t previously registered for VoterVoice complete the information requested and then click the “continue” button.
- Under “Jurisdiction” click the arrow and hit “Illinois.”
- Under “Official Name” click the arrow and choose one of the names. You will see the Constitutional Officers followed by the Senators and Representatives in alphabetical order. Click the name of someone you know.
- Under “Relationship” click the arrow and choose one of the categories; be it “Family, Business, Social, or Other.”
- Under “Notes” give specifics like, “We attend the same church,” or, “I met him/her at the HBAI Lobby Day.”
- Click “Assign” and then you are done; unless you know more than one legislator, which you probably do. If so, go to Step 10.
- Please do this simple task again and again until we have all of your contacts in our data base.
With this information at our disposal, we can go deeper when contacting legislators on a bill that is important to the housing industry. VoterVoice is a first line of defense for communicating with Representatives and Senators, but it is not enough. We need phone messages to their offices and email directly from you to them asking for their support on our issues.
If I know that you have a special relationship with a given legislator, I will capitalize on it by calling or writing you directly and ask you to go that one extra step that impresses legislators and influences outcomes.
Executive Vice President