Mainstreet’s Shinners remembered as personable, invested leader

Illinois REALTORS® is saddened by the death of Margery Shinners, CEO of the Mainstreet Organization to REALTORS®, who died Tuesday.

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Shinners had served as deputy CEO for Mainstreet since 2004, before taking over as CEO in December, 2016. She had been technology director of the Chicago-area REALTOR® organization prior to holding the other two positions.Margery was widely respected as a focused, personable leader who helped shepherd Mainstreet through many changes during her more than 20 years with the organization.

“Margery was deeply invested in serving Mainstreet’s members, and her leadership will be sorely missed,” said Doug Carpenter, president of Illinois REALTORS® and a member of the Mainstreet organization. “Margery’s expertise was valued by her colleagues throughout the industry, and our hearts go out to her family and many, many friends.”

Shinners had a bachelor’s degree in communications from DePaul University and a master’s degree in social work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Pam Krieter, who retired as Mainstreet’s CEO in December, will take over as interim CEO.

See photos from REALTOR® reception during Capitol Conference and Lobby Day

REALTOR® Keith Hancock and Sen. Bill Brady at the Capitol Conference reception Tuesday afternoon.

Following visits to the State Capitol Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of Illinois REALTORS® jammed the Presidential Ballroom at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield — a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel for an opportunity to talk with their state legislator.

The reception was the final event during Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day, as many members then departed Springfield by bus. In many cases, local associations organized bus trips so that members could work on the rides to and from the event.

Check the photo gallery below to see if you recognize colleagues and legislators who kept the lines of communication open through the dinner hour.

Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® find signs of support at Capitol Conference

Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® gather around the Illinois REALTORS® sign headquarters during Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day.

Members of the Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS® took a few moments to gather at the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters during Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day.

They joined like-minded colleagues from across the state Tuesday at the Luncheon & Legislative Briefing to discuss talking points, then visited their state legislators at the State Capitol to voice their concern or support about bills under consideration by the Illinois House and Senate. Like other Illinois REALTORS®, they held folders with the capital letter R to identify their allegiance to property rights and the real estate industry.

Throughout the day, REALTORS® found encouragement from association lobbyists and from each other. Following the visits, they joined fellow REALTORS® at a reception at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield — a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Invitations were extended to senators and representatives who wanted to meet with constituents for conversation, food and drinks. More than 700 REALTORS® were estimated to participate in the activities.