IAR's team of Federal Political Coordinators  (FPCs) are in Washington, D.C., this week for NAR Midyear Meetings  and will be meeting with members of Congress to talk about issues important to REALTORS® including sales tax fairness  and the rural housing program .
Despite substantial REALTOR® opposition, the Cook County Board passed a measure  last week making it a human rights violation for landlords to opt out of the federal Section 8 housing program. IAR advocates are working to get details on how the new policy will impact members before it goes into effect . See coverage of IAR's Assistant Director of RVOICE and Local Advocacy Mike Scobey speaking to the Cook County Boardhere  and here .
Senate Bill 1244 authorizing Lake County to impose an additional surcharge on the recording of real estate documents  failed in an Illinois House committee. Thanks to the many IAR members who answered last week's Call for Action and told state legislators that "enough was enough." Read the latest State Capitol Report  for more legislative updates.
The first 35 RPAC Pacesetters who recruit a new RPAC Major Investor by Get the details here  or contact Kim Buscher for firstname.lastname@example.org , 217-391-4809 . (Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)will be our guests for an all-inclusive fireworks dinner cruise on Lake Michigan aboard the Mystic Blue Chicago yacht on .
Did you know a federal bill (S. 743)  that will help local business and local economies is gaining momentum in Congress, thanks in part to your REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC)? The Marketplace Fairness Act promotes sales tax fairness for online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores. RPAC always has your business interests in mind. Learn more .
In the May D.R. Legal News , IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek discusses the appropriate role of real estate brokerage licensees in a tax appeal before a Board of Review.
Recent disciplinary actions  taken by the Real Estate Division of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Join IAR Chief Legal Counsel Steve Bochenek and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance at one-hour legal webinar  on competitive practices and independent decision making and how it applies to your business. Register now .for a
More than 600 attendees were in Collinsville last week for the 2013 IAR Spring Conference & Expo. See photo highlights, a video and more .
An improving housing market meant a better bottom line for REALTORS® last year. The median gross income of a REALTOR® was $43,500 in 2012 compared to $34,900 in 2011 and the median number of transaction sides or commercial deals handled in 2012 was 12, an increase from 10 in 2011, according to the 2013 National Association of REALTORS® Member Profile .
Owners spent a median of $3,200 on improvements to their homes between 2009-2011. More than half (57 percent) of U.S. homeowners made improvements, with nearly one in four choosing to make energy efficiency upgrades, according to the American Housing Survey .
If you are interested in serving on a committee or working group in 2014, or lending your expertise when a particular issue arises, please complete the online form  and return it by .
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 .
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 .
Interested in serving as an IAR At-Large Director in 2014? Click on this link to complete the application process . Applications and supporting documentation must be received by IAR by . All applicants will be interviewed by the Nominating Committee. If you have questions, contact Becky Carraher of IAR staff at email@example.com  or by telephone at 217-391-4803 .
MREDpalooza , Chicagoland's largest real estate tech expo, will be held in Rosemont, Ill. Visit the IAR/RPAC booth.