CAI Illinois Builds Relationships with Legislators on Your Behalf

DID YOU KNOW that CAI Illinois has a Legislative Action Committee AND a Political Action Committee? Both are in place to build relationships with legislators to protect and enhance common interest communities. Both committees have made a commitment to building power for community associations in Springfield. We want to be the strongest voice we can be and to lobby for the issues CAI finds most pertinent.

What is a Legislative Action Committee (LAC)? “

A LAC represents the interests of CAI members and chapters with respect to state legislative and regulatory activities of relevance to the creation and operation of community associations.

• Promotes and follows CAI public polices at the state level.

• Conducts and organizes lobbying activities, communicating with legislators and staff.

• Communicates with legislators and potential industry allies in support of the LAC activities.

• Allows our members to speak with one united voice.

The Illinois Legislative Action Committee (ILAC) is made up of 16 elected CAI members and hires its own lobbyist to work on your behalf to support its goals.

If you would like to make a monetary contribution to support ILAC and its lobbying efforts, you can do so at this webpage

What is a Political Action Committee (PAC)?

The PAC serves as the vehicle for the LAC to make its voice heard. It is another avenue of participation in the political process.

• The legal, transparent, and monitored means for individuals to combine resources to support election campaigns of candidates who are in favor of CAI’s interests and issues.

• Political party affiliation is not a factor. • It is power in numbers.

• CAI-PAC Illinois raises funds to donate to those who support the “positions” ILAC takes on specific bills, laws or ordinances.


The Illinois Political Action Committee (CAI-PAC Illinois) donates funds to legislators who, in the opinion of the Legislative Action Committee, have been supporting or are potential sponsors and advocates for the Community Association industry – from owner/resident concerns to best practices for professional community management.

If you would like to support PAC efforts, you can make a monetary contribution at this webpage

Why Do We Need Both?

Public policies affect every aspect of how community associations function and how Community Association Managers are able to serve homeowners. On one side, we need to make sure elected officials are aware of these issues and view CAI IL and ILAC as trusted resources for information and action. Our lobbyist helps in this area and is an essential component to the success of the Legislative Action Committee.

On the other side, our aim is to keep in office or elect candidates who understand community association issues and will work with us in developing sound public policies. The Legislative Action Committee is legally prohibited from making campaign contributions so that is where the PAC comes in.

Through both lobbying and political contributions, CAI can build positive relationships with elected officials who make policy decisions affecting community associations. By allowing CAI members to pool their resources to retain lobbyists to educate legislators and promote your common interests, CAI ends up making a greater impact than any one member could individually.

• Winter 2018 • A Publication of CAI-Illinois Chapter

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