The IAR Spring Conference & Expo  is and in Collinsville!Print this coupon  and save $10 on your walk-in registration for this two-day event packed with educational sessions on technology, motivation, business and legal issues. You'll also have the opportunity to earn up to 6 hours CE and visit the real estate expo with more than 60 vendors showcasing tools and products to help you build your business this year.
Take action now  and ask your state representative to vote NO on SB 1244, legislation that would create an additional fee on recorded documents in Lake County. The bill has passed the Illinois Senate and will be coming up for a vote in the House.
The Cook County Board is considering an amendment  to the county's Human Rights Ordinance that will force landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers. IAR and various landlord groups are strongly opposed. Click here  to learn more and find out how you can take action.
The Quad-Cities area is the latest battleground in the REALTOR® fight against mandatory fire sprinklers in new residential construction. Quad-City REALTORS® are part of a local industry coalition educating the public against sprinklers, which would drive up housing costs and limit consumer choice. Read more in the Quad-City Times. 
It will be a busy week in Springfield as Illinois legislators work to meet this week's committee action deadline. Read the latest State Capitol Report  for updates on key bills your IAR lobbyists are monitoring.
RPAC supported a bond proposal in Rockford during the April elections that increased the countywide sales tax to help pay off school debt and ward off higher property taxes. REALTOR® Debbie Carlson was quoted in the local newspaper  on the successful RPAC/REALTOR®-supported campaign issue. "The buyer may be able to afford the payment on the house but when you put in the taxes, it can make or break a house sale." Read more about RPAC at work in elections .
Housing is growing stronger but panelists at the Milken Institute Global Conference point to factors that could threaten the recovery including: scarcity of land, risks for property flippers, foreign buyers inflating prices and a patchy, uneven recovery in varying markets. Read more from NAR .
First-time defaults dropped to 0.84 percent of all mortgages in March, the lowest level since 2007, according to data from Lender Processing Services, Inc. Get the details in a recent Bloomberg article .
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REALTOR® Magazine is seeking nominations for its annual Good Neighbor Awards . Nominate an Illinois REALTOR®  who has made an extraordinary commitment to the community through volunteer work. Read more about recent Illinois finalists and winners in the IARbuzz blog .
Trainer Matthew Ferrara will share his top 10 tips to help you maximize Facebook and Twitter in this month's IAR "Lunch and Learn" webinar  on . You'll learn how to expand your online presence, generate interaction with friends and followers, and drive repeat business and referrals by focusing on your sphere of influence. Click here to register  for this FREE, one-hour webinar that begins at .
Wonder why people decide to buy? See this KCMblog infographic  on the five financial and non-financial reasons (according to a recent Gallup poll) that people choose to buy a home of their own. Among the non-financial reasons: Their belief in homeownership and that owning a home is a better place for their family.
IAR Spring Conference & Expo  at the Gateway Center in Collinsville. Get motivated with sessions on technology, tips for boosting your business success, industry and legal updates and up to six hours of CE. Walk-ins still welcome.
NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings  will be held in Washington, D.C.
Register for "All About Short Sales ," a U.S. Treasury workshop/webinar being held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
Deadline to submit entries for NAR's 14th Annual Good Neighbor Awards .
MREDpalooza , Chicagoland's largest real estate tech expo, will be held in Rosemont, Ill. Visit the IAR/RPAC booth.