Date changes for IAR Capitol Conference

2015 Capitol Conference

At the 2015 Capitol Conference, Illinois REALTORS® spoke with State Senator Christine Radogno (far right) of the 41st District, representing DuPage, Will and Cook counties.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 5 if you plan to attend IAR’s Capitol Conference at the President Abraham Lincoln — Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Springfield.

More details will be released as they become available.


ICYMI: Top 4 Stories on the IARbuzz Blog

In case you missed it, here are a few of the popular stories featured on the IARbuzz blog last week:

Illinois Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors votes to change name – The board voted to change the organization’s name to Illinois REALTORS®. It is anticipated the name will be in formal use in late April 2016.

MRED becomes Centennial Sponsor for IAR’s 100th Anniversary
– Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) has become the official Centennial Sponsor as the Illinois Association of REALTORS® celebrates its 100-year anniversary.

Snip20151009_2Drews becomes IAR president; logo celebrates IAR’s 100 years – Congratulations to 2016 IAR President Mike Drews of Aurora, who was sworn into office on Oct. 6. IAR President-elect is Doug Carpenter of Mokena and IAR Treasurer is Matt Difanis of Mahomet.

The hashtag winner for the 100th Anniversary contest; start using it now – The official hashtag of IAR’s anniversary celebration is #IAR100YearsStrong.

REbarcamp gives Illinois REALTORS 10 ways to learn more from each other

During October Business Meetings Monday, Illinois REALTORS broke into 10 quick-hitting discussions to exchange ideas with each other during REbarcamp at the Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center.

They helped choose the topics of discussion, including:

  • Branding (led by Rebecca Thomson)
  • Help: teams and assistants (Thomson)
  • Innovative listing strategies (Thomson)
  • Leads (Carrie Bey-Little)
  • Negotiation tactics (Wayne Paprocki)
  • Online marketing (Andrea Geller)
  • Personal marketing (Paprocki)
  • Social media streaming (Carrie Bey-Little)
  • Tech (Ralph Carbonell)
  • Upstream (Kiki Wansura)

REbarcamp is powered by the Young Professionals Network, and concluded with a Networking After Party.


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.