How well can you explain Illinois septic system laws? With this FREE brochure you can!

Unless you’re an expert on the Illinois Private Sewage Disposal Code, the question of whether you should use the free RVOICE brochure, “Requirements for Septic System Owners” (item #646) is a no-brainer!

This brochure – which is written in easy-to-understand language for clients – summarizes recent changes to the code and how the changes affect property owners served by septic systems. The changes largely involve maintenance and record-keeping requirements.

You can get a copy for yourself immediately via download. However, to help homeowner clients and friends make informed decisions and avoid foul-smelling septic system problems, visit the IAR REALTOR® Store and place orders for packages of 25.  As always, only shipping charges apply to RVOICE materials.

The septic system brochures were developed as part of RVOICE (formerly known as the Advocacy Program).  When you distribute RVOICE materials to your homeowner customers, you provide useful and money-saving information on legal topics and new laws that affect real estate.  For more information, visit the Governmental Affairs/RVOICE section of our website.

2014 IAR Legislative Scorecard: Notable victories for Illinois REALTORS® and private property rights

The 2014 spring session of the Illinois General Assembly was a busy one and the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR) team of lobbyists and our 41,000 members worked to stop bad policy, alter flawed legislation, advocate IAR initiatives and promote the interests of our membership, their clients and customers.

The 2014 Legislative Scorecard highlights 14 notable victories including:

  • SB 3044 passed protecting the REALTOR®’s ability to provide BPOs/CMAs
  • SB 2664 passed, limiting the amount of money a prospective buyer of a foreclosed condo would pay for past due costs and legal fees.
  • The State Fire Marshal released a formal pledge to work with stakeholders (including REALTORS®) on any future fire sprinkler mandate initiatives.
  • A REALTOR®-supported executive order created a NEW Division of Real Estate within IDFPR.

IAR Legal Webinar: What’s New with BPOs, the Condo Act and Illinois’ new Division of Real Estate

Illinois REALTORS®, there’s still time to register for Tuesday’s IAR Legal Webinar.

IAR’s Legal Services team will address new legislation and an executive order that came out of the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session and is of interest to the real estate industry.

This one-hour webinar is an IAR members-only benefit. Sign up now (Login required.)

IDFPR’s newly created Division of Real Estate web page goes live today

The web page for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s (IDFPR) new Division of Real Estate went live today. You can access the web page at  The new division was created by an executive order from Gov. Pat Quinn as part of a reorganization of IDFPR.

The Division of Real Estate Professions administers over 90,000 licenses for real estate managing brokers, brokers, and leasing agents, real estate corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and branch offices, real estate pre-license schools, branch schools, continuing education schools, courses and instructors, according to IDFPR. Click here to read more about real estate professions.

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® supported the creation of the new Division of Real Estate because it will provide more attention to the real estate industry and allow for better enforcement of the rules and regulations that dictate how real estate transactions are handled.

The new Division of Real Estate will oversee a multitude of state laws, including the Real Estate License, the Home Inspector License and the Land Sales Registration acts. In the past, real estate regulation has been handled through the Bureau of Real Estate Professions, which was located within the Division of Professional Regulation.

Find the new Division of Real Estate web page at


RASI REALTORS® meet with St. Clair County officials

Left to right: RASI President Tricia Tialdo, Government Affairs Chair Stephanie Maine, Local GAD Kyle Anderson, Assessor Jennifer Gomric Minton, Associate Judge Heinz Rudolph, and Board of Review member Charlotte Moore.

The REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois (RASI) hosted a meet and greet and Government Affairs Committee meeting today with St. Clair County officials.

Attending the reception were St. Clair County Assessor Jennifer Gomric Minton, St. Clair County Associate Judge Heinz Rudolph, and St. Clair County Board of Review member Charlotte Moore.

County officials updated the RASI Government Affairs Committee on what their offices are currently doing, any recent changes made, and even participated in a question and answer session with members. More than 16 REALTOR® members attended and talked with the elected officials. The meeting concluded with a brief update on federal, state, and local REALTOR® legislative issues.