BOMA/Chicago Advocacy

By: | July 01, 2013

As the premier trade association for the commercial real estate industry, BOMA/Chicago has achieved an enviable record of successful advocacy on a broad range of regulatory and legislative issues for the commercial real estate industry in Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois. BOMA/Chicago speaks with a clear, consistent voice on important issues that affect every aspect of its members’ operations. Whether it is to initiate public policy or to respond to measures that impact members, reputation, professionalism and expertise have earned BOMA/Chicago a seat at the table with legislators and regulators.

BOMA/Chicago major public policy advocacy efforts fall into four major areas:

  • Codes and Standards
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Emergency Preparedness and Life Safety
  • Taxation

In addition to legislative and regulatory advocacy, BOMA/Chicago advocates for its members as their agent in collective bargaining agreements with:

  • SEIU Local 1 Security Guards
  • SEIU Local 1 Janitorial Workers
  • IUOP Local 399 Engineers

Legislative Action

In addition to full time staff, BOMA/Chicago members are represented by registered professional lobbyists. One team monitors and responds to state matters, including critical matters before the Illinois General Assembly. In addition to this state legislative team, BOMA/Chicago members are also well represented at City Hall and before Cook County policy makers.

BOMA/Chicago is part of the BOMA International federation and through participation BOMA International’s government affairs committees, list serve, and Rapid Response Team, BOMA/Chicago members are represented and informed on national issues affecting their operations.

Members receive periodic alerts about state, local and national matters, which identify legislative and regulatory issues that need immediate action. These timely alerts help mobilize the industry and are highly effective in informing legislators and regulators of BOMA/Chicago’s position on issues of concern. Members also receive updates of government affairs through this website and through the BOMA/Chicago newsletter and blog.