MLS & Associations

Illinois Association of Realtors to publish ethics violations, but won’t name names

Trade group says program's emphasis is on education, not 'public shaming'

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The Illinois Association of Realtors will soon be the second state association to publish violations of the Realtor Code of Ethics in a members-only section of its website, but offenders will remain unnamed. Last month, as part of a campaign to boost professionalism in the real estate industry, the California Association of Realtors began publishing the names and photos of members found to have violated the code in a part of its website available to members, but not the general public. The 160,000-member trade group said it hoped to educate members and "shine a light on the people that misbehave in our industry." Yesterday, the Illinois association's board approved a measure to publish violations of the Realtor Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, but will not include the identifying information provided in California. "We chose not to publish names because the association felt it was more important to use the program as an opportunity for education, and to show that if ...