Vote for the official hashtag for IAR’s 100 Year Anniversary

In 2016 we begin a yearlong celebration of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® centennial milestone. Many events are planned including the April 26 Lobby Day & Anniversary Reception. Mark your calendar!

And please vote for our “official” anniversary year hashtag.

Members of the IAR 100th Anniversary Task Force, chaired by Pam Krieter of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, have narrowed choices down to a top-5 list. You can also suggest your own.

Voting ends at noon on Oct. 6 when we’ll reveal the anniversary logo and official hashtag at Inaugural festivities for our incoming 2016 IAR President Mike Drews of Aurora.

IAR Fun Fact:

Why did REALTORS® at the time decide to form a statewide association?


Some of the main reasons:

  • A growing concern over rising property taxes
  • Adoption of a tax amendment in Illinois
  • Enforcement of the Code of Ethics
  • Promotion of good roads
  • Desire to create a license law
  • Securing legislation requiring an exam for those entering the real estate professional and payment of a fee

 Remember to vote!

Buy your IAR Inaugural Gala tickets now

Order your tickets online for IAR’s 99th Annual Inaugural Gala on Oct. 6 at the Oak Brook Hills Resort – Hilton.

The deadline for making your purchase is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 29.

Don’t forget to order your tickets so you can celebrate Mike Drews’ presidential inauguration.

Sponsorship deadline in 13 days

Sept. 15 is the deadline for individuals, business and local associations to buy sponsorships at the Inaugural Gala. Available packages are $8,000 (Diamond), $5,000 (Gold), $2,500 (Silver), $500 & Up (Bronze) and Up To $500 (Gala).

Get the sponsorship form.

Head ‘Back to School’ with IAR educational programs

It’s “Back to School” time, and IAR has a series of fall and winter educational programs lined up for you. In fact, the schedule is filling up quickly! Check out these dates you will want to put on your calendar:

On Oct. 5, REALTORS® are invited to attend REbarcamp, a free un-conference sponsored by the Young Professionals Network. REbarcamp will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Oak Brook Hills/Hilton Resort. Registration is free, but you must reserve your spot in advance.

Oct. 21-22 is the last 15-hour interactive Broker Post-license Applied Real Estate Practices webinar of 2015. This is one of the two required courses for brokers who need to renew their licenses before April 30, 2016. Lynn Madison leads this live-streamed course that you may take from anywhere.

On Nov. 4, IAR and Mainstreet will bring you the Xplode Conference, a full-day real estate technology and marketing conference that provides critical technology and marketing information. The Xplode Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stonegate Conference Center in Hoffman Estates. It features nationally-known experts in mobile technologies, contact management, email marketing, video and content marketing and much more. Early bird registration is open now, saving you $40!

Dec. 2-3 is the last time GRI Course III training will be offered live. Beginning in 2016, all undergrad course work will be online only and Courses II and III will be combined. This means that if you have completed Course II and do not finish Course III in December, you will be required to re-take all 30 hours online. GRI Course III and Grad will be held at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Illinois.

Take advantage of these learning opportunities and watch this blog for updates.

Time to reserve Inaugural Gala tickets and sponsorships


Two important deadlines are approaching for Illinois REALTORS® planning to attend the IAR’s 99th Annual Inaugural Gala honoring Mike Drews, scheduled for Oct. 6 at the Oak Brook Hills Resort – Hilton.

Gala ticket deadline

The deadline for tickets is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 29. The cost is $95 per ticket.


Drews, GRI, is the 2015 IAR president-elect and the 2016 IAR president. He is a REALTOR® in Aurora for Charles B. Doss & Co. He is a past president of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, has served as chairman of various local committees. In 2011, he was selected as REALTOR® of the Year by Mainstreet and REALTOR® Associate of the Year in 1990 by the Greater Aurora Association of REALTORS®.

Get more information about Drews.

The inaugural reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6, followed by the Gala at 7:15 p.m.

Sponsorship deadline

Sept. 15 is the deadline for individuals, businesses and local associations to buy sponsorships. Available packages are $8,000 (Diamond), $5,000 (Gold), $2,500 (Silver), $500 and Up (Bronze) and Up to $500 (Gala). Visit the IAR website to fill out the sponsorship form, and submit it by the deadline so an invoice can be sent to you via email.