Get preliminary schedule for 2017 Fall Business Meetings & Inaugural Gala

The Illinois REALTORS® Business Meetings & 101st Inaugural Gala 2017 will be held at the Chicago Marriott Naperville on Oct. 11 and 12. See the preliminary schedule and hotel information.

This set of meetings will conclude with the 101st Annual Inaugural Gala honoring Incoming-President Matt Difanis.


ICYMI: Top 4 Stories on the IARbuzz Blog

In case you missed it, here are a few of the popular stories featured on the IARbuzz blog last week:

Illinois Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors votes to change name – The board voted to change the organization’s name to Illinois REALTORS®. It is anticipated the name will be in formal use in late April 2016.

MRED becomes Centennial Sponsor for IAR’s 100th Anniversary
– Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) has become the official Centennial Sponsor as the Illinois Association of REALTORS® celebrates its 100-year anniversary.

Snip20151009_2Drews becomes IAR president; logo celebrates IAR’s 100 years – Congratulations to 2016 IAR President Mike Drews of Aurora, who was sworn into office on Oct. 6. IAR President-elect is Doug Carpenter of Mokena and IAR Treasurer is Matt Difanis of Mahomet.

The hashtag winner for the 100th Anniversary contest; start using it now – The official hashtag of IAR’s anniversary celebration is #IAR100YearsStrong.

Vote for the official hashtag for IAR’s 100 Year Anniversary

In 2016 we begin a yearlong celebration of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® centennial milestone. Many events are planned including the April 26 Lobby Day & Anniversary Reception. Mark your calendar!

And please vote for our “official” anniversary year hashtag.

Members of the IAR 100th Anniversary Task Force, chaired by Pam Krieter of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, have narrowed choices down to a top-5 list. You can also suggest your own.

Voting ends at noon on Oct. 6 when we’ll reveal the anniversary logo and official hashtag at Inaugural festivities for our incoming 2016 IAR President Mike Drews of Aurora.

IAR Fun Fact:

Why did REALTORS® at the time decide to form a statewide association?


Some of the main reasons:

  • A growing concern over rising property taxes
  • Adoption of a tax amendment in Illinois
  • Enforcement of the Code of Ethics
  • Promotion of good roads
  • Desire to create a license law
  • Securing legislation requiring an exam for those entering the real estate professional and payment of a fee

 Remember to vote!

Buy your IAR Inaugural Gala tickets now

Order your tickets online for IAR’s 99th Annual Inaugural Gala on Oct. 6 at the Oak Brook Hills Resort – Hilton.

The deadline for making your purchase is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 29.

Don’t forget to order your tickets so you can celebrate Mike Drews’ presidential inauguration.

Sponsorship deadline in 13 days

Sept. 15 is the deadline for individuals, business and local associations to buy sponsorships at the Inaugural Gala. Available packages are $8,000 (Diamond), $5,000 (Gold), $2,500 (Silver), $500 & Up (Bronze) and Up To $500 (Gala).

Get the sponsorship form.

Time to reserve Inaugural Gala tickets and sponsorships


Two important deadlines are approaching for Illinois REALTORS® planning to attend the IAR’s 99th Annual Inaugural Gala honoring Mike Drews, scheduled for Oct. 6 at the Oak Brook Hills Resort – Hilton.

Gala ticket deadline

The deadline for tickets is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 29. The cost is $95 per ticket.


Drews, GRI, is the 2015 IAR president-elect and the 2016 IAR president. He is a REALTOR® in Aurora for Charles B. Doss & Co. He is a past president of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, has served as chairman of various local committees. In 2011, he was selected as REALTOR® of the Year by Mainstreet and REALTOR® Associate of the Year in 1990 by the Greater Aurora Association of REALTORS®.

Get more information about Drews.

The inaugural reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6, followed by the Gala at 7:15 p.m.

Sponsorship deadline

Sept. 15 is the deadline for individuals, businesses and local associations to buy sponsorships. Available packages are $8,000 (Diamond), $5,000 (Gold), $2,500 (Silver), $500 and Up (Bronze) and Up to $500 (Gala). Visit the IAR website to fill out the sponsorship form, and submit it by the deadline so an invoice can be sent to you via email.