BOMA/Suburban Chicago is currently monitoring several issues:

IMPORTANT! ACTION REQUIRED: Tell Your Elected Officials to Fund the ENERGY STARĀ® Program

The U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees will begin mark-ups to an appropriations bill that includes funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program. While ENERGY STAR enjoys widespread bipartisan support, President Trump has proposed eliminating the program in the FY18 budget.

We urge you to write your members of Congress today as they prepare to discuss the proposed 2018 budget. Tell them to support the appropriations bill that includes continued funding of ENERGY STAR.

ENERGY STAR provides a wide range of resources to the commercial real estate industry, including the popular Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool. Benchmarking building energy performance with Portfolio Manager is embedded in industry-wide operational best practices and business models. In fact, more than 500,000 commercial buildings, representing more than 40 billion square feet of commercial space, use Portfolio Manager to track and improve energy, water usage, and waste generation.

Please contact your members of Congress today! BOMA's Grassroots Action Center  has made it easy for you to do so. A pre-written letter will be sent to your lawmakers on your behalf - you just have to sign it, so act now! 

Municipal Issues - The members of the Government Affairs Committee are monitoring municipal issues that may impact the commercial real estate community throughout the suburban Chicago area. If there is an issue currently being discussed in your municipality, please advise the BOMA/Suburban Chicago office so that we may work with you to lessen the financial impact on existing buildings.

National Level - When BOMA International apprises our BOMA Local of issues that may impact the commercial real estate industry, we inform our members through this website and our weekly electronic newsletter, Weekly Connections. Stay informed by making sure you are receiving and reading our member publications.

Advocacy Issues in 2016 - Groups of our members met with the senior staff of our legislators (Congressman Foster, Congressman Hultgren, Congressman Roskam and others) during the National Issues Conference February 2016 in Washington, DC to make them aware of the major issues facing the commercial real estate industry: Accessibility Legislation, Energy Efficiency, and Tax Reform.

Want to get involved with our advocacy efforts?

Contact the BOMA/Suburban Chicago office today at (847)995-0970 or boma@bomasuburbanchicago.com

Visits with Illinois Legislative Offices


(Pictured from left: John Lambrecht, RPA, FMA, chairman of the Government Affairs Committee; Deb Pyznarski, RPA; Dan McNelly; Ms. Sendy Soto, staff member to then-Representative Tammy Duckworth)


Important Update Regarding

ILLINOIS SENATE BILL 9

We have urgent information about proposed Senate Bill 9, currently being considered in the Illinois legislature.

  • This bill contains an amendment that would impose a 6.25% service tax on all landscaping, snow removal services, and potentially other contracted building services.
  • This encompasses all types of landscaping services - tree care, lawn care, maintenance, design-build, and snow removal.
  • The increased tax on landscaping companies will likely be passed along to property owners and managers.
  • It is estimated that this bill could result in increased costs of 3-5 cents per square foot of a commercial building.

Learn more about this bill
and what you can do to help!



BOMA/Suburban Chicago
1515 E. Woodfield Rd, Suite 110
Schaumburg IL 60173

Phone: (847) 995-0970
Fax: (847) 995-0971
boma@bomasuburbanchicago.com




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