Dolan and friends keep feeding Aurora food pantry


Brian Dolan

One of the most inspiring people Aurora-area REALTOR® Brian Dolan has ever met was the late Marie Wilkinson of Aurora. Described as a social activist and credited with helping Illinois pass the state’s first Fair Housing Ordinance in 1968, Wilkinson also dedicated her life to helping the less fortunate and her accomplishments on their behalf were numerous.

As fate would have it, Dolan held a property listing for the building that would house the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry. That eventually led Wilkinson to invite Dolan to help the pantry, and 15 years later, he’s still serving on its board of directors.

“Over the years, we have been involved with numerous charitable organizations in town,” says Dolan, a principal at Dolan and Murphy, Inc. “We’ve sponsored Aurora Boys Baseball and Fast-Pitch Softball and we’ve sponsored the traveling fast-pitch softball team named the Dolan & Murphy Shamrocks (formerly known as the Sealmasters of Aurora). My brother Danny (REALTOR® Daniel T. Dolan) has been very involved with the Annual Holiday Food Drive that benefits the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry. But the charity I’ve been most involved with is the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry.” Read more about Wilkinson.

Although the organization has much activity this time of year, Dolan says his involvement is year-round, as is the need to help the hungry in Aurora. He says it is rewarding to help the pantry and he is energized by many of the volunteers. But the most satisfying aspect of his involvement is when people who once sought help at the pantry return to tell stories of their own successes and to help others.

Dolan began his real estate career in 1977, earned his CCIM designation is 1988 and has specialized in industrial, commercial and investment real estate.

He was initially a member of the Aurora Board of REALTORS® and the Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS® (NICAR).  He served eight years on the NICAR Board of Directors and four years as chair of the Sponsorship Committee. With Illinois REALTORS®, he served on the Commercial Industrial Investment Committee in 2013 and 2015. Served on Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Major Investment Group in 2013.

He’s also a principal in Dolan and Murphy Management, LLC, which manages nearly 1 million square feet of retail, office and industrial properties for more than 15 years. He’s been involved in more than $30 million in real estate transactions over the course of his career.

Read the Illinois REALTORS® blog for weekly stories about the community involvement of Illinois REALTORS® during the association’s 100th anniversary year. If you have an idea for a REALTOR® to highlight with an article, please send it to: bkozar@illinoisrealtors.orgTo read more stories like this one, go to: #MemberMonday #IAR100yearsstrong

REALTOR® Jim Kinney named to state’s Bicentennial Commission


Illinois REALTOR® Jim Kinney (center) has been named to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Kinney is a past president of Illinois REALTORS® and a former president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. He’s joined here by Vicky Turner, chair of the Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force (left) and Sheryl Grider Whitehurst, vice chair of the Illinois REALTOR® Bicentennial Task Force. (right) Photo: Ann Londrigan

Illinois REALTOR® Jim Kinney was named to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner, placing him on a 51-member panel which will shape the state’s 200th birthday celebration.

Kinney, vice president for luxury sales at Baird & Warner in Chicago, was 2015 Illinois REALTORS® president and was named Illinois REALTOR® of the Year in 2004. He was president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, and has served on REALTOR® association committees at the local, state and national levels.

Illinois became the nation’s 21st state on Dec. 3, 1818.

Rauner established the Illinois Bicentennial Commission in September. Members are charged with developing a strategic vision for the celebration, and will spearhead work with public and private partners on the birthday commemoration.

State association also working on bicentennial

Illinois REALTORS® plan to celebrate the state's 200th anniversary by asking members to adopt historic sites throughout Illinois.

Illinois REALTORS® plan to celebrate the state’s 200th anniversary by asking members to adopt historic sites throughout Illinois.

Illinois REALTORS® began planning for its celebration of the bicentennial earlier this year. The association’s Bicentennial Task Force, led by Chair Vicky Turner, of Dixon, and Vice Chair Sheryl Grider Whitehurst, of Peoria, adopted a theme of “Illinois REALTORS®, working with heart in every community.”

The association’s task force is reaching out to the more than 20 local REALTOR® associations in the state, asking them to get members involved in the celebration by volunteering at or supporting some of the many historic properties in Illinois.

Illinois REALTORS® is located across from the Illinois Executive Mansion. Already, members have raised more than $50,000 for renovations to the historic structure which serves as the Springfield home for state governors.

Now, the state association’s task force is working to redevelop parking lots adjoining Illinois REALTORS® South Fifth Street headquarters into a portion of a pedestrian walkway linking Abraham Lincoln’s home with the state Capitol.

The state association has set up a Facebook page to provide updates on efforts to celebrate the bicentennial. A Twitter hashtag, #REALTORSworkingwithHeart, has also been established.


Next legal webinar features ‘Recent Case Reviews, Legislation and Year-end Items’

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Members can login at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 for the final Illinois REALTORS® Legal Webinar of 2016, “Recent Case Reviews, Legislation and Year-end Items.”

Join Illinois REALTORS® Legal Helpline Attorney Jeff Baker and Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance for this free, member-only benefit. Space is limited, so login and join the webinar promptly, either by WebEx or by phone.

Morning Minute: U.S. economy adds jobs, unemployment rate falls to nine-year low

November brought jobs growth with the U.S. Labor Department reporting the creation of 178,000 new jobs. At the same time, the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent, the lowest rate since August 2007, reports The Wall Street Journal in the article, “Economists React to the November Jobs Report: ‘Paves the Way for Fed Rate Hikes’.” The Washington Post also reported on the trend in, “U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November; unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent.

In other headlines:

Slowik: Home prices increase, but construction boom fades into distant memory – The Southtown

Employment report shows solid increase despite tight labor force – HousingWire

The New Jobs Numbers Signal the End of an Economic Era – New York Times

How to Create a Warm, Inviting Winter Listing – NAR’s Styled, Staged & Sold blog

Illinois REALTORS®: Now’s the time to check your contact information


Whether you’ve moved, changed your name, added a phone or changed your email address, this is the perfect time to contact your local association and make sure all your contact information is up-to-date.

If you start with your local association, you guarantee that your state and national contact information will be brought up to date, too. And by starting with your local, it means all the information that’s sent to you through the United States Postal Service and via email will be delivered to the correct address in a timely manner.

Check our list of local associations in Illinois if you need the website address or the name of your association executive.