Celebrate our ROTYs June 21 at the 35th annual banquet in Springfield

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Order tickets now for the 35th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 21 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

The event will honor the accomplishments of 25 local association REALTORS® of the Year (ROTY)  and the Illinois REALTORS® ROTY Chris Read. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. The deadline for ordering tickets is June 15.

Place your order online or use the ticket order form now. Need more information?

Among those being honored are:

Marvin Sandel of Coldwell Banker Heart of America in Bloomington served as president of the Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS® in 2007. He’s been active with many local organizations, including the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

Michael Buscher of the Real Estate Group, Inc., in Springfield, was president of the Capital Area REALTORS® in 2015 and 2000. He’s served on various local and state committees. Currently he’s president of the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) and on the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors.

Bruce Steinke of Shelby Realty in Shelbyville will represent the Central Illinois Board of REALTORS®. He’s the secretary/treasurer of his local association, and a member of the board of directors. Active in real estate since 1987, Steinke is also a member of the Shelby County Board of Appeals, the Shelbyville Memorial Hospital Board and is a lieutenant in the Shelby County Sheriff’s Reserve Unit.

Max McComb of RE/MAX Realty Associates is the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® ROTY. He joined the local board in 2008 and has served on multiple committees, the board of directors, chaired the Education Committee and now is the executive committee’s secretary/treasurer.

Matt Farrell of Urban Real Estate in Chicago is the Chicago Association of REALTORS® ROTY. He’s a past president of the local association and the founding chair of its Young Professionals Network.  He remains active for the local, state and national associations. As an NAR director, he’s constantly trying to identify ways to leverage technology to better the industry and the association.

The banquet is jointly sponsored by the Illinois REALTORS® and REEF.

 

Lobby Day bus challenge raises more than $7,000 for RPAC

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MORe members from Arlington Heights ride to the Capitol on Tuesday.

Seven local REALTOR® associations secured 100 percent participation for the Get on Board with RPAC Bus Challenge at the Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference (Lobby Day) Tuesday, as more than $7,000 was raised for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC).

Members of all the local associations in Illinois had the opportunity to meet with elected state officials representing their communities. The following had 100 percent RPAC participation in the bus challenge:

  • Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®,
  • Illini Valley Association of REALTORS®,
  • Chicago Association of REALTORS® north bus,
  • Heartland REALTOR® Organization,
  • REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley,
  • Quad City Area REALTOR® Association and
  • Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® from Arlington Heights.

By investing in RPAC, Illinois REALTORS® protect their business and livelihood.

(Disclaimer: The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) solicits contributions from Illinois REALTORS® members only.)

 

Gov. Bruce Rauner honors Illinois REALTORS® for century of service

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner presents a proclamation honoring Illinois REALTORS® on its 100th anniversary. The meeting was held as part of the association’s annual Lobby Day and Capitol Conference on April 5, 2016. In addition to Gov. Rauner, pictured are Illinois REALTORS® President Mike Drews, CEO Gary Clayton and President-elect Doug Carpenter.

 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner presented Illinois REALTORS® leadership with a proclamation honoring the association’s century of service. The document also declares April 25, 2016 as Illinois REALTORS® Day in the state.

In remarks at the meeting, Rauner praised the impact the association and its members have had on the real estate profession. Founded in 1916, Illinois REALTORS® was largely responsible for pushing for a statewide License Law as a means to boost professionalism in the state.

The proclamation noted the association’s work safeguarding the industry, providing disaster assistance and partnering on restoration work for the Executive mansion project in Springfield.

Gov. Bruce Rauner poses with Illinois REALTORS® representatives at a meeting at the Illinois Capitol on April 5, 2016. L-R are: Illinois REALTOR® Assistant Director for Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan, Treasurer Matt Difanis, President-elect Doug Carpenter, President Mike Drews, Gov. Rauner, CEO Gary Clayton, Immediate Past President Jim Kinney and Director of Government Affairs Greg St. Aubin.

Gov. Bruce Rauner poses with Illinois REALTORS® representatives at a meeting at the Illinois Capitol on April 5, 2016. L-R are: Illinois REALTOR® Assistant Director for Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan, Treasurer Matt Difanis, President-elect Doug Carpenter, President Mike Drews, Gov. Rauner, CEO Gary Clayton, Immediate Past President Jim Kinney and Director of Government Affairs Greg St. Aubin.

The meeting was part of a day of visits by Illinois REALTORS® to the Capitol in Springfield. Association leaders also met with Senate President John Cullerton, House Majority Leader Barbara Currie, and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.

In the meeting with Rauner, association leaders discussed the state’s economy and its impact on housing and the need for addressing high property taxes.

Illinois REALTORS® advocate for real estate at 2016 Capitol Conference

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More than 500 REALTORS® from throughout Illinois showed the #PowerofR in Springfield on Tuesday for the annual Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference. The REALTORS®, who represent Illinois homeowners and commercial real estate, are powerful advocates for property rights and the annual REALTOR® Lobby Day is an example of the association’s 100 years of grassroots advocacy at its best. See some of the photo highlights from the event. #ILREALTORLobbyDay #IAR100YearsStrong