Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® pose on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on May 14, 2013, after a meeting at the office of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® met with staff members from Sen. Dick Durbin’s office on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Durbin was tied up in a meeting on immigration legislation, but IAR’s Federal Political Coordinators made sure that staff members knew members’ concerns over the mortgage interest deduction, rural housing and availability of credit for homeowners.

The visit to the U.S. Capitol kicks off several days of Hill visits by Illinois REALTORS®. Tomorrow FPCs will meet with Sen. Mark Kirk, and by the end of the day Thursday they will have met with most of the state’s representatives in Congress.

IAR’s FPCs are in Washington this week as part of the annual Midyear meetings. The event allows REALTORS® to get updates on federal issues in addition to lobbying on issues important to IAR’s 41,000 members.