Unes-Sponsored Bill to Assist High School Building and Trades Program Passes House

Today, a bill that would greatly assist high school building and trades programs by allowing them to employ a licensed realtor to sell homes constructed as a part of their curriculum passed in the full House of Representatives.  SB 2823 was introduced in the Senate by Sen. David Koehler (D-Peoria) and on behalf of Pekin Community High School, which maintains a highly successful building and trades class as a part of its sophisticated vocational program.  After receiving Senate approval, Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) was proud to sponsor this legislation in the House.

“I have the highest regard for our local high school vocational programs, and could not be more pleased to have had this opportunity to support them through my House sponsorship of this bill.  At a time when both state and local resources for K-12 education remain largely inadequate, I believe it is especially important to pursue these legislative avenues which allow our schools to improve the quality and self-sufficiency of their curriculum,” said Rep. Unes.

Current law limits a school district to selling the property by public auction, the same way that other “state” properties must be sold.  SB 2823 grants Illinois school districts the secondary option of employing a licensed realtor at a commission rate not to exceed 7% for the purpose of selling the property.  Selling a home on the market is often a much more profitable and efficient option compared to the arduous public auction process, and having this option benefits these school districts by allowing them to recoup the cost of building a home more quickly while also maximizing their ability to reinvest their curriculum.

For more information, please contact Representative Unes’ District Office at 309-620-8631.