See photos from today’s MREDpalooza in Rosemont

(l to r) Illinois REALTORS® local GAD Gideon Blustein, MRED COO Jeff Lasky and MRED President/CEO Rebecca Jensen during a prize drawing.

REALTORS® packed the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont today for the 2017 MREDpalooza, co-hosted by Midwest Real Estate Data and Illinois REALTORS®.

Participants learned during education sessions, talked with knowledgeable vendors about technology that could potentially improve their businesses and walked away with a total of more than $10,000 in prizes.

See photo gallery below.

Watch for Illinois REALTORS® May housing report Wednesday

Geoffrey J.D. Hewings

Wednesday morning, Illinois REALTORS® will release its May 2017 housing report, with data breakdowns for the state of Illinois, city of Chicago and the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA). Also included will be a housing market forecast by Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois.

Members of the statewide association can access member-only market statistics by using their passwords.

Tuesday deadline for committee and board of director applications

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Tuesday June 20 is the deadline for Illinois REALTORS® to submit their requests for 2018 state committees and applications for board of directors.

To be considered for the board of directors, candidates have to meet certain criteria and fill out and submit an application by the deadline. Committee applicants had their deadline extended one week, from June 13 to June 20. They need to use their NRDS number to apply. Here’s how members can look up their NRDS numbers.

The committees/working groups are:

  • Audit Committee
  • Business Issues and License Law Forum
  • Commercial/Industrial/Investment Committee
  • Conference and Expo Working Group
  • Ethics Citation Panel
  • Finance Committee
  • Grievance Committee
  • Housing Opportunity Working Group
  • Illinois General Assembly and Statewide Independent Expenditures Committee
  • Illinois Local Government Independent Expenditures Committee
  • Illinois REALTORS® Global Business Council (currently Global Working Group)
  • Leadership Development Working Group
  • Nominating Committee
  • Professional Development Member Involvement Group
  • Professional Standards Committee
  • Public Policy and Government Affairs Member Involvement Group
  • REALTORS® Political Action Committee
  • RPAC Fundraising Working (currently Major Investor Working Group and Political Fundraising Working Group)
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • REALTOR® of the Year Working Group and the
  • REALTORS® Political Involvement Working Group (currently REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee).


Don’t forget MREDpalooza starts Tuesday at 9 a.m.

One of the largest MLS tech expos in the country begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Donald D. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont and will give Illinois REALTORS® who attend a chance to ask knowledgeable vendors questions and see products that can help grow their businesses.

MREDpalooza is free and runs until 4 p.m. with multiple class options, food and information.

Go to or call 630-955-0011 for more information.


Governor calls General Assembly back June 21

Gov. Bruce Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a series of proclamations Thursday, calling members of the General Assembly to Springfield for a special 10-day session to resolve the state budget impasse. The session begins at noon June 21 and continues daily through the June 30 fiscal year deadline.

The proclamation kicking off the special sessions calls the General Assembly back to Springfield for “considering legislation, new or pending, which addresses a balanced budget and structural reforms including but not limited to property tax relief, job creation, worker’s compensation reform, government consolidation, education, term limits, pension reform and spending limitations.”

On Wednesday, just a day before Rauner’s announcement, House and Senate Republicans announced they had developed a balanced budget plan.

“Republicans in the General Assembly have laid out a compromise budget plan that I can sign,” Gov. Rauner said. “It provides a true path to property tax reduction and it reforms the way our state operates to reduce wasteful spending. It will fund our schools and human services, while spurring economic growth and job creation. It is a true compromise – and one I hope the majority in the General Assembly will accept.”

When the spring session ended on May 31, the state did not have a budget agreement despite several proposals developed in the House and Senate during previous weeks.