Illinois REALTORS® launch ‘Homes for Heroes’ with Crest Hill support

Crest Hill 1REALTORS® from Village Realty Shoppe celebrated the launch of the “Homes for Heroes” program in Crest Hill with a media and veterans outreach event last Tuesday.

The program offers discounted real estate services to active military, veterans, teachers and first responders, with “Homes for Heroes” participants saving an average of $2,500.

Crest Hill 2Village Realty Managing Broker Karen Carlino, Megan Johnson and Brandy Cafarelli joined Crest Hill Mayor Ray Solimon, Police Chief Dwayne Wilkerson, Deputy Police Chief Ed Clark and Economic Development Manager Scott McMaster at the event, which included a check presentation and a ribbon cutting.



Illinois House committee recognizes 100th anniversary of Illinois REALTORS®

Co-sponsors present HR 1118

Illinois Representatives Sam Yingling (left) and Mark Batinick co-sponsored a resolution to declare April 25 as Illinois REALTORS® Day. All House Business and Occupational License Committee members asked to be made co-sponsors as well.

Tuesday the Illinois House House Business and Occupational License Committee unanimously passed a resolution proclaiming April 25 as Illinois REALTOR® Day across the state.

You can read the text of the House resolution.

On April 25, 1916, the association was incorporated. Next Monday, the association will officially celebrate its 100th anniversary.

official-REALTOR-day_fbOn April 4, Congressman Darin LaHood and Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder attended a special reception at association headquarters when our association announced the selection of a new executive vice president (Luke Bell) and a change in our association’s name (from IAR to Illinois REALTORS®). Langfelder proclaimed April 4 Illinois REALTOR® Day, while LaHood presented another proclamation that was read into the Congressional Record.

Illinois REALTORS® have been recognizing its 100th anniversary in multiple ways, including using a traveling historical display at special events and dedicating the quarterly magazine to different anniversary themes.

April issue: Roots of local GAD program traced to late 70s

April 2016 Illinois REALTOR coverIn 1978, the average cost of gas was 63 cents, the average American home cost almost $58,000, the year-end interest rate from the Federal Reserve was 11.75 percent and the IAR local Governmental Affairs Director program wasn’t created yet.

Find out how the GAD program began and evolved to today’s staff of 12 by reading the story, “GAD program provides protection at local level,” in the April 2016 edition of Illinois REALTOR®.

local GAD boxIt’s one of several stories in the issue that chronicle how advocacy grew in our association.  It will help Illinois REALTORS® gain a sense of how the organization has evolved since its founding in 1916.

Read the article from your tablet, smartphone, laptop or pick up the paper copy that arrived in your mailbox in late March.

Be part of a great big REALTOR® photo at Capitol Conference

Capitol Conference Group Lobby Day 2012 REALTORS

In 2012, Illinois REALTORS® gathered around the Lincoln Statue for a memorable photo. Will you be part of the 2016 photo?

To celebrate our 100th anniversary and to demonstrate the “Power of R,” Illinois REALTORS® will gather on the east side of the Illinois State Capitol around the Abraham Lincoln Statue for a group photo at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5.

It’s just a part of the activities planned during the 2016 IAR Capitol Conference.

Following Lobby Day and Legislative Briefing lunch, buses will transport REALTORS® from the President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree Hotel to the Illinois State Capitol for the photo. REALTORS® will be given folders at the luncheon and should bring the folders as props for the photo.

If you would like to be a part of the photo, please be prompt for the shuttle ride and the photo opportunity. If rain threatens the outdoor location for the photo, REALTORS® may be re-directed to an indoor location.


April issue: RPAC voice grows stronger over time

April 2016 Illinois REALTOR coverDo you know how the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) was created or how it came to be an effective voice for REALTORS® and private property owners?

Read all about it in the digital version of April Illinois REALTOR®. The story, “RPAC shows history of growth, stronger voice for REALTORS®,” recaps the history and provides current lists of RPAC Trustees and RPAC Investors programs as well as a timeline of RPAC development.

Read iRPAC 1976 Buttont from the convenience of your tablet, smartphone or laptop or look for the paper version of the magazine in your office mailbox.