The walls are up and the Habitat for Humanity home in Murphysboro is beginning to take shape thanks to a volunteer crew of Illinois REALTORS® who will be working on the build over the coming weeks. The Murphysboro project  in southern Illinois is one of three being built around the state by Illinois REALTORS® this year as part of a move to show the #PowerofR.
Homes will also be built in Springfield and Aurora and we need your help! Click here  to sign up to participate and to find project details and a release form to work on the site. A fundraiser in Springfield by the Illinois Young Professionals Network (YPN) and the Women's Council of REALTORS® raised $2,000 for the Murphysboro Habitat build.
Don't wait and miss out on the best rate for IAR Spring Conference & Expo , May 7 & 8, in Collinsville. Register now and IAR members pay $99, a savings of $30. The session lineup includes Kim Daugherty with keys to business success, Chris Bird with tax tips, CE courses with Trista Curzydlo and Annette Akey, an IAR Legal Services Breakfast and a two-day Business Expo. Register Now !
Congratulations to Doug Carpenter, Managing Broker of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell in Orland Hills, who has been selected as the 2015 IAR Treasurer nominee . Carpenter and the rest of the 2014/2015 IAR slate will be voted on later this year.
Interested in serving a three-year term on the IAR Board of Directors? Click here  to download an application form, criteria, campaign guidelines and more.
Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Pat Callan and local REALTORS® of the Year were honored last week in Springfield. Find a list of honorees .
It was an action-packed week for Illinois REALTORS® in Springfield last week. Click here  to find coverage of all the action including speaker presentations, photo highlights, videos and more. #PowerofR
Track what is happening with the state legislation that could impact your business with the latest issue of State Capitol Report .
REALTORS® took to the phones during IAR Business Meetings in Springfield last week with the goal of increasing member participation in RPAC by 1 percent (every 400 new investors equals 1 percent participation). Thanks to their efforts, 435 pledges were secured including 10 at the Major Investor level ($1,000+) for a total of $23,292 in pledges. The Illinois goal set by NAR is 28 percent member participation in RPAC. Invest atwww.RPACnow.now . See video  and blog highlights .(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)
Championship racer Karen Barbagallo and her horse "Ms. Char Donay;" Michael Parent, Best Dressed Jockey; Karen Parent, Derby Hat Contest winner; and raffle winners Gary Clayton, Bobby Gerbrecht and Julie Roth.See photo highlights on Facebook .
The deadline for Illinois Broker license renewal is just 22 days away. Will you have everything completed for the fast-approaching April 30 deadline? Find information and resources at the IAR Licensing & Training Center  including:
The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance through its Illinois Home Performance Program is partnering with the real estate industry to provide $29 rebates  for taking specific online courses on green building and energy efficiency. Enhance your knowledge of energy efficiency by taking a 30-minute webinar. IAR's ENV 1230 The Whole Systems Approach to Green Building  online course is eligible for the rebate program. If you have completed the course, or would like to complete it prior to April 30 and need more information, contact our Education Team at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Do you have tips/strategies for turning renters into buyers? How do you market to renters and ease their fears about finally becoming buyers? Send your ideas email@example.com  and you could be featured in an upcoming issue of Illinois REALTOR® magazine.
Early-Bird Deadline for IAR Spring Conference & Expo, Collinsville . IAR members who register by April 9 save $30 with the $99 early-bird rate. Register now !
IAR Licensing & Training Center Webinar  with Norm Willoughby. Broker Pre-license, Applied Real Estate Principles, 15-hour interactive.
Let's Talk Real Estate with Congressman Peter Roskam , St. Charles
Let's Talk Real Estate with Congressman John Shimkus , Effingham
IAR Spring Conference & Expo , Collinsville