FOR RELEASE: April 25, 2016
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Illinois REALTORS®, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers declared April 25, 2016 as Illinois REALTORS® Day. Over the last century, the association has emerged as the leading voice for real estate and private property rights in Illinois.
Illinois REALTORS®, which represents more than 44,000 members engaged in all facets of the real estate business, was originally incorporated on April 25, 1916. The association’s first president, William C. Johnson of Danville, and secretary, Joseph K. Brittain of Chicago, traveled the state in the early years, building support and membership.
The association’s three-fold mission of advocacy, education and ethics has strengthened and improved the state’s real estate industry. In its earliest years, it successfully pushed for the first real estate license law in Illinois and the association’s ongoing commitment to safeguarding the industry, striving for the highest level of professional standards and advocating for private property rights remain the cornerstones of its mission.
The governor’s proclamation declaring April 25 as Illinois REALTORS® Day honors the association for its century of work advocating for the public, its members and the communities they serve. Illinois REALTORS® was among the first in the country to form a state REALTORS® association. It is now the sixth largest state REALTOR® association in the country and one of the largest trade associations in Illinois.
The Illinois Senate passed a resolution declaring April 25 as Illinois REALTORS® Day and an Illinois House Committee passed a similar resolution. City of Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder honored the association with a proclamation earlier in April and Congressman Darin LaHood had a proclamation honoring Illinois REALTORS® read into the Congressional Record.
Learn more about Illinois REALTORS® at www.illinoisrealtor.org.