This excerpt taken from the EQR DEF 14A filed Apr 16, 2007.
ABOUT THE ANNUAL MEETING
What is the Purpose of the Annual Meeting?
At the Annual Meeting, shareholders will vote on the following proposals:
We sent you these proxy materials because our Board of Trustees (the Board) is requesting that you allow your common shares to be represented at the meeting by the proxies named in the enclosed proxy card (or, if you receive this document electronically, the accompanying proxy instructions). This Proxy Statement contains information that we are required to provide you under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and that is designed to assist you in voting your shares. On or about April 16, 2007, we began mailing these proxy materials to all shareholders of record at the close of business on March 30, 2007. Equity Residential has hired MacKenzie Partners, Inc. to assist in distributing and soliciting proxies and will pay approximately $10,000 plus expenses for these services. We will, upon request, reimburse brokers, banks and other nominees for their reasonable expenses in sending proxy material to their principals and obtaining their proxies. We also expect that some of our employees may solicit our common shareholders personally and by telephone. None of these employees will receive any additional or special compensation for doing this.