Deadline has been extended till May 3 at 12:00 p.m.
We still need your help!
Through recently introduced state legislation (SB 1379) and other policies, Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi has been making concerted attempts to drive up the assessments of commercial property, which will create uncertainty in the market and could further shift the property tax burden from residential to commercial taxpayers. Recently reassessed commercial properties in northern townships are reporting assessments that have doubled and even tripled.
As you well know, businesses are really the ones who pay for property taxes as these costs are passed down to tenants by commercial buildings. We are reaching out to our Members who do business in Cook County - the businesses that will ultimately have to pay for these increased property taxes - to urge you to voice your concerns to our elected officials.
We are asking that you write a single letter expressing opposition to the Assessor's proposed legislation. The letters will be directed to the Revenue Committee of the Illinois House of Representatives, along with Illinois House Legislative Leaders, urging the Representatives to vote against the legislation in Committee.
For your convenience, you can use one of these six sample letters.
Here are some letter-writing campaign suggestions:
If each of our Members sent letters, we could deliver hundreds of letters to each legislator. That would have a huge impact on the deliberations of the Revenue Committee.
Our goal is to get these letters into the legislators' hands before the House Revenue Committee votes on the measure, expected within three weeks. The bill has already been approved by the Senate and was just today assigned to the House Revenue Committee. If the Committee approves the proposed legislation and sends to the House for a full vote, our chances of defeating it are reduced.
Once your letter is completed, please notify Michael Mulcrone with BOMA/Suburban Chicago at MichaelM@BomaSuburbanChicago.com or (847) 995-0970 so we can collect the letters. BOMA/Suburban Chicago, in cooperation with BOMA/Chicago, will make copies and ensure the letters are presented directly to Illinois House Revenue Committee members and the House Legislative Leaders.
If you have any questions, please reach out to BOMA/Suburban Chicago or BOMA/Chicagostaff below. It's an important fight with a great deal at stake. These letters make a difference - thank you in advance for your help.
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Here are some locations where you can enjoy the outdoors in the Greater Chicago Area.
Send us pictures of your Earth Day events and perhaps they will be posted on our website and social media feeds.
If you're like many people who attend this important conference every year, you rely on your company to cover the expenses of attending and you need a stamp of approval before funding is released to enable you to attend.
Use this Sample Budget Worksheet to illustrate the value of attending. Combine this with the resources tailored for your area of expertise, whether you are a Property Manager, Asset Manager, Facility Manager or Building Engineer, to help you make the case to attend the one event that will give you the advanced strategies and specific tactics to benefit your building.
What's the best strategy for acquiring funding approval? The tips and ideas provided here are designed to help you make a strong and effective case for attending the 2019 BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City. Use any or all of them to suit your unique situation.
1. EMPHASIZE THE BENEFITS OF ATTENDING.
Talk to your supervisor about how your organization can profit from the new ideas, information, connections and innovations you'll acquire as a result of attending. Here are some key points:
2. DEMONSTRATE HOW YOU INTEND TO SPEND YOUR TIME.
Put your plan on paper to show your supervisor that your trip to the BOMA International Conference & Expo will be productive:
3. CRUNCH THE NUMBERS TO ILLUSTRATE THE VALUE.
Your boss will want to know, not just what it costs to send you to the Conference, but what it's worth. Use the sample budget worksheet to break it down, and be sure to emphasize the $100 early-bird registration discount if you register by March 1 and $50 discount if you register between March 2 and May 15.
Other important considerations:
4. FOLLOW UP AFTER THE CONFERENCE
Assure your supervisor that you will give a full report on your conference activities upon your return. Your report should include:
We hope these ideas will be effective for you in getting your boss to say "yes" to the 2019 BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo. See you in Salt Lake in June!
We all know that predicting the weather is impossible. Even if we can't anticipate every weather related occurrence, we can still be prepared for a weather related situation, here's how:
Having an emergency kit on hand may help you keep your family safe during a disaster. Keep emergency supplies in a large waterproof container near a door or in your garage, so you can grab it and find shelter quickly.
Good items for a disaster kit:
Depending on your situation, a kit could also include:
Thanks to our Emergency Preparedness Committee for suggesting these announcements.
GlenStar Asset Management, LLC is currently looking for someone to fulfill the roll of Assistant Property Manager at their Rolling Meadows facility. The Assistant Property Manager will assist with the day-to-day bookkeeping, accounting, and finance of property operations. The ideal candidate should be skilled with accounting and bookkeeping functions, with a strong background in Excel, MRI and Kardin, have strong attention to detail and be able to juggle multiple tasks.
For further information, see the full job description or contact Cathi Carlson.
A Day in the Life of a CRE Hero Video with our own Carlie Stogis; General Manager at JLL
To view the video in its entirety click here:
This month we are conducting a beta test of the CMCP - Certified manager of Commercial Properties . We are seeking the first 100 people to take the beta test and if they pass the exam they will receive a CMCP certification. To apply to take the test candidates will need to have:
There is no fee to take the beta test, but candidates are required to apply and submit documentation. Here are the required steps to apply for the CMCP beta-test exam:
Exam candidates will receive information in advance to help them prepare for the exam. This will include details on various job competencies and skills that will be tested and the “works cited” list used to develop the exam questions. Candidates who pass the exam will receive the CMCP certification. Passing scores will not be known until after the beta test evaluation is complete, so candidates may not hear from CRECI until June or July.
As mentioned in previous issues of Weekly Connections, the Emerging Leaders Shared Interest Group has partnered with our 2019 charity, The Harbour, to bring our members a BOMA-exclusive, hands-on volunteer project! On Friday, May 3 our Emerging Leaders invite you to join them in their efforts to help renovate and refurnish one of The Harbour’s shelter sites, located in Des Plaines.
The project involves painting the site’s “Resource Room,” which is used for the young ladies to do their homework and apply to jobs. The project also includes the painting of additional bedrooms so the Emerging Leaders will need all hands on deck. Please take some time out of your busy schedules to give back for a great cause! Come for the whole day, half a day, or as much time as you can afford!
Perhaps you can’t attend the Emerging Leaders Volunteer Project but would still like to contribute. That’s great! Here are some other ways to help.
These are photos of the Resource room and bedroom that need painting.
The Emerging Leaders have requested the following items:
By purchasing items on The Harbour’s Amazon Wish List, you can contribute to this project as well. Items marked as “Shelter Resource Room” will be used to furnish the room.
Please help BOMA/Suburban Chicago and the Emerging Leaders make this a successful volunteer effort!
Earth Day is a day where we show our love for the planet. This year the theme is "Protect our Species." Visit the website Earth Day to find out about how you can get involved and help Protect our Species.
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