The 35th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet was held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, with REEF Vice President Sue Miller as Master of Ceremonies. In addition to recognizing Chris Read as REALTOR® of the Year, 25 local ROTYs were recognized.
Illinois REALTORS will play a role in sponsoring events at the Republican and Democratic part conventions this summer.
The association’s board of directors voted unanimously to approve expenditures for a reception for Illinois’ state and federal delegation at the Republican National Convention, to be held July 18-21, 2016, in Cleveland.
It also approved a breakfast for members of the state and federal delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25-28, 2016.
The vote continues a longstanding practice of having an Illinois REALTOR® presence at both political conventions. The organization is bipartisan in nature.
A panel of Illinois REALTORS® met to help the association plan events centered on Illinois’ 200th anniversary in 2018.
Led by REALTOR® Vicky Turner of Dixon, the Illinois Bicentennial Task Force will look at how to highlight the important role housing has played in the state’s rich history.
Illinois became a state Dec. 3, 1818, making it just about 100 years older than Illinois REALTORS. Illinois’ statehood was signed into being by President James Madison.
Illinois REALTORS® named a 23-member panel to guide the association’s planning. The meeting on Tuesday, June 22, 2016, at the Wyndham City Centre Hotel in Springfield served as a brainstorming and information session to get the process started.
Former IAR president Sheryl Grider Whitehurst serves a vice chair for the task force. Also attending were Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary Clayton and Executive Vice President Luke Bell. Association Treasurer Matt Difanis was also in attendance.
Members of the committee include: Ron Abrams, Chicago; Sonia Anaya, Chicago; Jeffrey Barkstall, Champaign; Steven Bois, Rockford; Bobette Cathon, Quincy; Tonya Corder, Homewood; Kristie DeBrun, Pawnee; Ronald Ewing, Elgin; Deb Frazier, Shiloh; Jim Haisler, Crystal Lake; Dallas Hancock, Peoria; Joe Kenny, Darien; Christine King, Rock Falls; Lynn Madison, Schaumburg; Laura Martin, Peoria; Sandy Michel Stempinski, Vandalia; Sue Miller, McHenry; Ezekiel Morris, Chicago; Todd Musso, Springfield; Karen Robertson, Shorewood; and Tricia Tialdo, Belleville.
Woodridge REALTOR® Chris Read garnered the spotlight Tuesday night at the 35th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. (Photos courtesy of Terry Farmer.)
Read was recognized as the Illinois REALTORS®’ 2016 REALTOR® of the Year and 25 others were ROTYs representing their own local associations.
REEF Vice President Sue Miller served as the master of ceremonies. Sponsors included the following local associations:
- North Shore-Barrington;
- Three Rivers;
- Champaign County;
- Greater Gateway;
- Fox Valley;
- Central Illinois;
- Oak Park;
- Quad City; and
- Southwestern Illinois.
Broker Price Opinions (BPOs), Comparative Market Analyses (CMAs) and the nuances of affiliated business arrangements were just a few of the topics discussed Tuesday afternoon during the Business Issues & License Law Forum at Illinois REALTORS® June Business Meetings in Springfield.
Chair of the Business Meetings and License Law Forum Committee Debbie Prodehl introduced panelists: Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Kreg Allison, Illinois REALTORS® Transaction Helpline Attorney Jeffrey T. Baker and Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance.
Allison asked REALTORS® in attendance to contact his office with suggestions for topics that could be explained in his quarterly newsletter. He said that he hoped the dialogue would prevent “gotcha” moments in the future.
Urbance and Baker urged members to use caution when deciding whether to become involved BPOs and CMAs, and explained common pitfalls with affiliated business arrangements, disclosure of dual agencies, teams and advertising. They urged members to keep the the rights of customers a priority, while following the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and the Illinois Real Estate License Act.