Illinois REALTOR® Magazine  | October 2012
By Loretta Alonzo | CRB, GRI, 2012 IAR President
Suddenly, it’s fall.
And like many of you, I am not quite sure where the year went.
One minute I am giving my inaugural remarks. The next I am writing my last column as president of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.
In the months in between, IAR helped its members navigate transition, worked to guarantee our ability to fight for private property rights, put a statewide spotlight on housing issues and made changes that strengthened the association’s financial standing.
And we had a lot of fun along the way.
Of course, there’s still much to accomplish heading into the final months of the year. As important as how you begin a year is how you finish it. With that thought in mind, I’d encourage you to do the following:
Our ability to vote – backed up with contributions to RPAC – is the best protection we have to make sure that our livelihoods aren’t threatened.
Yes, it has been an amazing year for an association filled with equally amazing people. I thank all of you for your willingness to pitch in, tackle the tough issues and take the steps needed to keep the REALTOR® brand strong.
We are here for YOU and the success of your business!
We are the leading advocate for private property rights at the State Capitol in Springfield and in city halls across Illinois. More than 90 percent of what we do is stop bad bills and local ordinances that affect your business’s bottom line and your buyer/seller clients. Member Benefits 
Get involved in the fight!
The strength of our lobbyists to deliver the REALTOR® message is aided by a strong grassroots network of Illinois REALTORS® who answer legislative Calls for Action and travel to Springfield for IAR Capitol Conference. www.IARActionCenter.org