Illinois REALTORS® will be joining thousands of REALTORS® from around the country on May 17 to rally for homeownership and the real estate industry in Washington, D.C., Chicago Agent Magazine reports.

Jon Broadbooks, director of communications for the Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR), said a strong showing of  Illinois REALTORS® and IAR leadership will be among the crowd, with more watching the event online.

The present real estate market, Broadbooks said, will be a huge focus of the rally, and REALTORS® are hoping to draw attention to the interdependent relationship between housing and lending.

“This is about helping [prospective buyers] realize the American Dream,” Broadbooks said.