Member - NAHB - National Home Builders Association
House 3

On December 8th at the Arrowhead Country Club in Wheaton HBAI held our Installation and Awards Banquet with Northern Illinois HBA.  We both were also celebrating our 65th Anniversary.

Bob Allen DrewesAllen Drewes of the Northern Illinois HBA was installed as HBAI President by his brother Bob Drewes.

Allen Dean Eagle

Allen Drewes presents 2016 HBAI President, Dean Graven with the traditional eagle statue given to represent Dean's dedication and committment to HBAI and the completion of a sucessful year.



dean graven

 Dean awarded three Presidents Awards to:   Ken Andersen, Executive Officers of DeKalb County Builders and Developers Association;       Tracy Butler, Executive Officer of Greater Southwest Illinois HBA,  Pete Stefani, Loal Area Vice Chairman from Northern Illinois HBA


The 2017 Slate of Officers and Board Members were installed, by Bill Ward, Executive Vice President of HBAI

 2017 Installed Officers

 From left to right:  Paul Phillips PAC Director; Heather Runge Associate Director to NAHB; Pete Stefani, Local Area VP from NIHBA and PAC Director; Allen Drewes, Builder Director to NAHB; Kevin Chaffin, State Representative to NAHB;  Mike Nagel, Area 9 National Chairman; Rosie Millen, 2nd Vice Chair; Debbie Miller, 1st Vice President; Jason Paliatka, Secretary; Mark Vogt, Treasurer and Pat Franz, Senior Vice President.

                                                                               Illinois General Assembly by the Numbers

                                                                       Illinois State Senate – 59 Seats

Party                                                 November 7, 2016               November 9, 2016

Democrats                                                      39                                            37

Republicans                                                    20                                            22

Five Senators retired this year; three Democrats and two Republicans. Only one of these seats switched from Democrat to Republican:  retiring Democratic State Senator John Sullivan (47th District – Rushville) to Republican Jil Tracy (R-Quincy).

One Incumbent lost his seat on election night: Democratic State Senator Gary Forby (59th District – Benton) to Republican Candidate Dale Fowler (Harrisburg). +

                                     Illinois House of Representatives – 118 Seats

Party                                                         November 7, 2016                           November 9, 2016

Democrats                                                              71                                                           67

Republicans                                                            47                                                           51

10 Representatives retired this year; 5 Democrats and 5 Republicans. Only one of these seats switched from Democrat to Republican: retiring Democratic Representative Jack Franks (63rd District – Woodstock) to Republican Steve Reick (Woodstock).

5 Incumbents lost their seats on election night: 4 Democrats and 1 Republican.

  • Democrat Rep. Katherine Cloonen (79th District - Kankakee) to Republican Lindsay Parkhurst (Kankakee).
  • Democrat Rep. Andy Skoog (76th District – Peru) to Republican Jerry Long (Streator).
  • Democrat Rep. Mike Smiddy (71st – Hillsdale) to Republican Tony McCombie (Savanna).
  • Democrat Rep. John Bradley (117th – Marion) to Republican Dave Severin (Benton).
  • Republican Rep. Dwight Kay (112th – Edwardsville) to Democrat Katie Stuart (Edwardsville).

The 2016 election results were, at the very least, morale boosters for the Republicans in the Illinois House and Senate. Democrats in the House lost their Veto proof majority and the Senate needle moved back a little from a Veto proof majority of 39 to a Veto proof majority of 37.

Governor Bruce Rauner spent millions of dollars raising the voter identification level and vilification of Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. Rauner then connected Democratic House members with Madigan and with our state’s horrid fiscal condition, a strategy tried many times but failing until now.


HBAI welcomes DeKalb County Developers & Builders Association

DeKalb County Charter

Left to Right: HBAI President, Dean Graven; DeKalb E.O., Ken Andersen; HBAI Senior V.P., Allen Drewes; and, HBAI E.O, Bill Ward.

DeKalb Joins The Team

Illinois is one association stronger as we welcomed the DeKalb County Building and Development Association (DCBDA) into the NAHB federation on September 15, 2016. DeKalb brings our local association count to 15 and bucks a national trend of HBA associations that are merging or losing their charters.

HBAI and DCBDA first met in early January along with leadership from Northern Illinois HBA to discuss a merger between the two locals. DCBDA has over 50 members who work mostly in the municipalities within Dekalb County, located about 65 miles west of Chicago.

Ken Andersen, Executive Officer of DCBDA, stated that his members are interested in rolling back impact fees and other anti-development ordinances detrimental to affordable housing in DeKalb County. Joining the federation would provide better opportunitites at reaching the goals of their mission statement.

DeKalb will now have representation on the Boards at HBAI and at NAHB. Their charter creates a territory that is all of DeKalb and LaSalle Counties.

DeKalb’s admission into NAHB is a success story gained through a collaboration of local, state, and national associations. Northern Ill. HBA began talks with DeKalb in late 2015 which resulted in a meeting with the DeKalb Board, and with Northern and HBAI on the first Saturday in January, 2016. The board considered the options of merging with Northern or applying for their own charter at National.

Later in the year, the HBA of Greater Chicago met with DeKalb and HBAI to consider a merger with HBAGC. GC also played a key role in the process as its territory contained DeKalb County. While the DeKalb Board was impressed with the operations of both locals, the board voted to apply for its own charter at NAHB.

HBAGC’s Board graciously relinquished DeKalb from its territory allowing our Representative to NAHB, Mike Nagel, to move forward with the formation of DeKalb at National. Final acceptance of their charter took place at the NAHB Mid-Year meetings in Miami, Fla.

Illinois’ own Ed Brady, Chairman of the Board at NAHB, was proud to announce the new charter on the Board floor, and the charter was presented to DeKalb at their General Membership Meeting in DeKalb on September 15 by Senior Officers at HBAI.

DeKalb’s presence at the state and national levels will be a plus for all sides and we are all strengthened by their admission to the federation. We look forward to working with them as well as our other 14 local associations in the coming months on issues and programs that will improve our ability to provide the best housing in the world.


On September 22nd at the Panther Creek Golf Course,  a fund raiser was held for the benefit of the Illinois Executive Mansion Remodeling.  Governor Rauner talked with our Senior Officers about issues facing the home building and remodeling industry in Illinois.  Shown in the photo from left to right Allen Drewes, Senior Vice President; Mark Vogt, Secretary; Governor Rauner, Dean Graven, President and Bill Ward, Executive Vice President.

Gov Rauner Senior Officers 9 21 16
Gov. Rauner and Senior Officers

2016 Lobby Day

Lt. Governor, Evelyn Sanguinetti is joined with HBAI Members at Lobby Day


On May 3rd, HBAI had it's 27th Lobby Day. 

The 2016 HBAI Lobby Day participants may be best sized up as a group that works hard and plays hard. The preparation and execution of seven of our local associations had our members and local executives meeting with their elected officials right up to the moment we started our evening reception. And our reception was grand, with the Senate Republican Leader, Christine Radogno dropping by, as well as Hugo Chaviano, the Director of the Illinois Department of Labor. In all, 45 Representatives and Senators stopped by the HBAI Lobby Day Reception to meet builders and associates from their region of the state.

Thank You East Central, Greater Southwest, Greater Chicago, Springfield Area, Southwest Suburban, Northern, and Peoria HBAs for covering the ground you did on Lobby Day. You made our day in Springfield work for all of our members.

Here’s what we have accomplished:

  • Interior Design Practice Act – the sponsor of the bill agreed with our members that the bill does more than the proponents maintain it does, and vowed to hold the bill from consideration, as written. SB463 would move interior design from a Title Act to a Practice Act, meaning there would be a day when our builders and remodelers would be need sign-off by an interior designer prior to a closing on new construction or finishing a remodeling job.

  • Reversal of Authority for Public Construction Bonds – the sponsor of this bill agreed with HBAI that proponents of the bill need to study this matter more before moving it forward. SB3053 would have taken the authority to choose bonding tools away from developers and would have given it to the counties and municipalities. The option has been with the developer for 20 years.

  • Mandatory Paid Sick Leave – two bills that would have required the smallest of employers to provide paid sick leave have been halted in the House & Senate (HB3297 & SB2147).

  • Progressive Income Tax – attempts to amend the constitution and create the “millionaires brackets” for the taxation of income stalled in the House. HBAI opposes this tax in its proposed form.

  • Sales Tax on Services – the expansion of state sales tax onto services, not just products, is not moving at this time. HBAI is opposed to its application onto home construction and remodeling.

  • Consolidation of Local Government Functions – legislation to downsize some local government functions is on the move and is supported by HBAI. HB4501 passed out of Senate Local Government Committee and now awaits final passage on the Senate floor.

And a big Home Builder Thank You goes to House Rep. David Harris, a Republican from Arlington Heights. The Minority Spokesman on the House Revenue Committee, Rep. Harris gave us up-to-the-minute information on how the Illinois General Assembly is attempting to solve its budgetary and pension fund obligations. 

The General Assembly is set to adjourn in less than three weeks. Hopefully, all of our good work will remain in effect through the May 31 adjournment date.