See photos from REALTOR® reception during Capitol Conference and Lobby Day

REALTOR® Keith Hancock and Sen. Bill Brady at the Capitol Conference reception Tuesday afternoon.

Following visits to the State Capitol Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of Illinois REALTORS® jammed the Presidential Ballroom at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield — a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel for an opportunity to talk with their state legislator.

The reception was the final event during Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day, as many members then departed Springfield by bus. In many cases, local associations organized bus trips so that members could work on the rides to and from the event.

Check the photo gallery below to see if you recognize colleagues and legislators who kept the lines of communication open through the dinner hour.

Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® find signs of support at Capitol Conference

Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® gather around the Illinois REALTORS® sign headquarters during Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day.

Members of the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® took a few moments to gather at the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters during Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day.

They joined like-minded colleagues from across the state Tuesday at the Luncheon & Legislative Briefing to discuss talking points, then visited their state legislators at the State Capitol to voice their concern or support about bills under consideration by the Illinois House and Senate. Like other Illinois REALTORS®, they held folders with the capital letter R to identify their allegiance to property rights and the real estate industry.

Throughout the day, REALTORS® found encouragement from association lobbyists and from each other. Following the visits, they joined fellow REALTORS® at a reception at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield — a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Invitations were extended to senators and representatives who wanted to meet with constituents for conversation, food and drinks. More than 700 REALTORS® were estimated to participate in the activities.

Video key to REALTORS® success in future — YPN-WCR program

(l to r) Marki Lemons Ryhal and Carrie Bey-Little

Whether trying to market themselves to future customers or enhancing their own image, REALTORS® will need to use video to be successful said Marki Lemons Ryhal and Carrie Bey-Little at the first event of the 2017 Capitol Conference & Lobby Day event Monday afternoon.

REALTORS® gathered at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield — a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel to listen to Ryhal and Bey-Little share ideas for using video effectively, titled “How to Make Yourself Famous, Become your Local Celebrity.”

“I believe all REALTORS® should use video because it can be repurposed more easily than other forms of social media,” said Ryhal, who spoke about Facebook Live, must-have video tools and other forms of social media.

Their discussion preceded another discussion “Be a Media Darling in Your Local Community,” by Illinois REALTORS® Vice President of Communications Jon Broadbooks and CAR Director of Marketing & Communications Jessica Kern.

The session concluded with REALTORS® volunteering to make their own video.

Check the photo gallery below.

Triple Crown award named top story of 2014

The IAR Communication staff rounds out its list of most buzzworthy 2014 blog posts by revealing its final five choices.

Following yesterday’s countdown of stories 10 through six, the staff offers:

5. Band, awards mark GRI’s 50th year at Peoria bash – In this Dec. 4 blog post, you’ll see plenty of photos, as well as a summary of the previous day’s events at the Hotel Pere Marquette in Peoria.

4. IAR Board makes package of changes to enhance professionalism in industry – In this Sept. 4 post, the IAR Board of Directors approved an Ethics Citation Program to police adherence to professional standards and allow members to file ethics complaints against each other.

3. Election results feature many pro-REALTOR® candidates and five Home Rule defeats – On Nov. 5, IAR members celebrated Opportunity Race victories in local and state elections, as well as in several pro-REALTOR® issues.

2. Breaking news: Gov. Quinn reorganizes IDFPR, creates Division of Real Estate – On April 1, Gov. Quinn signed an executive order that created the Division of Real Estate within the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The new division is responsible for enforcing a variety of state laws, including the Real Estate License, the Home Inspector License and the Land Sales Registration acts.

1. IAR wins prestigious Triple Crown (award) at NAR convention – On Nov. 7, IAR was recognized for its RPAC fundraising and overall participation at the National Association of REALTORS® Convention & Expo in New Orleans.

Check out yesterday’s list. See Monday’s preview, which includes three honorable mention stories. Let us know if we missed one of your favorites!

Illinois REALTORS® talk housing with Congressman Joe Walsh

Illinois REALTORS meeting with Congressman Joe WalshA group of northern Illinois REALTORS® met with U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-8th District, today to provide an update on national issues, state issues and local real estate markets. Items for discussion included the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the importance of homeownership and rural housing programs. Congressman Walsh provided a legislative update to members.

Local associations participating in the meeting included members of the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®, Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley, Heartland REALTOR® Organization and Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS®.