See photos from REALTOR® reception during Capitol Conference and Lobby Day

REALTOR® Keith Hancock and Sen. Bill Brady at the Capitol Conference reception Tuesday afternoon.

Following visits to the State Capitol Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of Illinois REALTORS® jammed the Presidential Ballroom at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield — a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel for an opportunity to talk with their state legislator.

The reception was the final event during Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day, as many members then departed Springfield by bus. In many cases, local associations organized bus trips so that members could work on the rides to and from the event.

Check the photo gallery below to see if you recognize colleagues and legislators who kept the lines of communication open through the dinner hour.

Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® find signs of support at Capitol Conference

Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® gather around the Illinois REALTORS® sign headquarters during Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day.

Members of the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® took a few moments to gather at the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters during Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day.

They joined like-minded colleagues from across the state Tuesday at the Luncheon & Legislative Briefing to discuss talking points, then visited their state legislators at the State Capitol to voice their concern or support about bills under consideration by the Illinois House and Senate. Like other Illinois REALTORS®, they held folders with the capital letter R to identify their allegiance to property rights and the real estate industry.

Throughout the day, REALTORS® found encouragement from association lobbyists and from each other. Following the visits, they joined fellow REALTORS® at a reception at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield — a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Invitations were extended to senators and representatives who wanted to meet with constituents for conversation, food and drinks. More than 700 REALTORS® were estimated to participate in the activities.

Photo highlights from 2017 Illinois REALTORS® Lobby Day

REALTORS® Tonya Corder, Chris Read and Piero Orsi at Capitol Conference.

Thanks to the hundreds of Illinois REALTORS® who traveled to Springfield today to for the 2017 Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference “REALTOR® Lobby Day.” You make a real difference on the issues important to Illinois homeowners and the real estate industry. See a photo gallery of the day’s highlights. #PowerofR #ILRealtorLobbyDay

About 750 REALTORS® attend luncheons, legislative briefings before visiting State Capitol

With the largest crowd ever expected for the annual Capitol Conference & REALTOR® Lobby Day, members attended three luncheons and legislative briefings, one at Illinois REALTORS® headquarters and two within the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

The Chicago Association of REALTORS® gathered at the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters while several central Illinois associations met in the Lincoln Room at the DoubleTree and all others gathered in the Presidential Ballroom of the DoubleTree. With assistance from association leaders, Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs Greg St. Aubin, Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan and Manager of Grassroots and Political Programs Neil Malone conducted the legislative briefings.

REALTORS® at the two locations then grabbed bus rides to the State Capitol to meet with their legislative leaders, some planned and some spontaneous.

See photo gallery below.