Danville holds a special place in the Illinois Association of REALTORS®’ history for in May 1916 Danville, along with four other local boards of REALTORS®, banded together as the Real Estate Association of Illinois. Their objective was clear: “to unite brokers, agents, and owners for the purpose of formulating, promoting and enforcing high standards of ethics with relation to transactions in real estate”.
Colonel William C. Johnson from Danville was the first president of the state association and served in that position for four years. Danville has provided IAR with many volunteer leaders over the past 100 years including a state president again in 1945, A.J. Mielke.
The Quad Cities played a notable role in the history of the REALTOR® organization by uniting associations and members for the purpose of protecting private property rights.
"The REALTORS® from the states of Iowa and Illinois have always had a common bond and have truly defined the principles of cooperation and association whether they are separate associations or one common association," said Michael D. Oldenettel, CRS, GRI, President of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®.
Consolidation of the Davenport REALTORS® Listing Exchange with the Davenport Real Estate Board, 1919. Shown completing the merger arrangements are Roy R. Fisher, Sr., and William E. Hey seated; and Fred B. Agnew, Bert C. Frahm and Mel Foster standing. Mel Foster, Sr. was one of the founding REALTORS® for the two major real estate companies here in the Quad Cities (the other being Ruhl & Ruhl REALTORS®). Photo courtesy of the Quad City Area REALTOR® Association
Illinois Association of Real Estate Board's 7th Annual Convention, Oct. 1923, Moline
IAR Salutes the Danville and Quad City area REALTORS® for 100 years of service to the community and the real estate industry!
Danville Area Board of REALTORS® 
Danville, IL 61832
Quad City Area REALTOR® Association 
1900 State Street
Bettendorf, IA 52722
History of IAR