In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Illinois REALTORS®, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and state lawmakers declared April 25, 2016 as Illinois REALTORS® Day. Over the last century, the association has emerged as the leading voice for real estate and private property rights in Illinois.
Just earlier this month, the association also made two major announcements–It’s name change from the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, to ILLINOIS REALTORS®, and the new appointment of Luke Bell to Executive Vice President of the association.
Illinois REALTORS®, which represents more than 44,000 members engaged in all facets of the real estate business, was originally incorporated on April 25, 1916. The association’s first president, William C. Johnson of Danville, and secretary, Joseph K. Brittain of Chicago, traveled the state in the early years, building support and membership.
The governor’s proclamation declaring April 25 as Illinois REALTORS® Day honors the association for its century of work advocating for the public, its members and the communities they serve. Illinois REALTORS® was among the first in the country to form a state REALTORS® association. It is now the sixth largest state REALTOR® association in the country and one of the largest trade associations in Illinois.