IAR wants to congratulate the 55 Illinois REALTORS® who earned their Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation at the Illinois GRI program in December. Click here  to see the list of new graduates.
Join IAR President Phil Chiles for an IAR Town Hall Meeting at 11 a.m., Jan. 23. Chiles will discuss the issues and items that will be presented to the IAR Board of Directors later that day. Click here to register for the town hall . 
Illinois REALTORS® will meet Jan, 20-23 in East Peoria for the annualIAR Public Policy Meetings , where IAR members will discuss the local, state and federal policy issues affecting the industry and set their policy agenda for 2014. Find a schedule  and watch for highlights next week on the IARbuzz blog , Facebook  and Twitter .
It's an '80s flashback with the IAR RPAC Auction being held Jan. 21 at the Embassy Suites East Peoria in conjunction with the IAR Public Policy Meetings . Everyone's invited to the "Like...Totally RPAC Dude!" auction which includes:
(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)
Qualified Mortgage Rules Now in Effect. What it Means to You
The Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule went into effect on Jan. 10 and NAR will be among those monitoring the rule to determine its impact on mortgage availability, NAR reports in a Speaking of Real Estate blog post . Findmore information from NAR  on the new federal QM credit rules.
Illinois REALTORS® and their national colleagues are providing housing assistance grants of up to $1,500 for victims who need help with the cost of temporary shelter if they have been displaced or to cover a monthly mortgage expense if their home was damaged by the tornado. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2014. Find information and a grant application . The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recentlydenied the state of Illinois' request  for federal aid. You can help Illinois tornado victims by donating to the two organizations below:
In the new D.R. Legal News, Steve Bochenek, a partner with Sorling Northrup Attorneys, covers eight issues real estate brokerage companies need to consider during a sale, merger or acquisition. Read more .
Read about the latest disciplinary actions  taken by the Real Estate Division of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Get an update on new case law, recent changes to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and more during the Thursday, Jan. 16 IAR Legal Webinar. The one-hour webinar with Steve Bochenek, partner with Sorling Northrup Attorneys and IAR Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance begins at 9:30 a.m. Register now .
After a near two-year struggle, the village of Skokie has adopted a comprehensive rental regulation and crime-free ordinance and REALTORS® played a role in negotiating key changes and improvements, IAR GAD Howard Handler writes for the IARbuzz blog .
Become one of 1,000 RPAC Ambassadors  in 2014 and help protect your industry and private property rights. The deadline to sign up is March 31, 2014. Click here  to find program details, pledge cards and an acceptance letter.(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from IAR members only.)
By April 30, 2014, Illinois Broker licensees must have completed the CE requirements and applied to renew their licenses through IDFPR. What's required? It depends on how and when you received your Illinois broker license. IAR's Licensing & Training Center has created a Q&A and checklist  to help you get ready.
RPAC Auction , East Peoria
IAR Licensing & Training Center Webinar 
Broker Pre License Applied Real Estate Principles with Norm Willoughby