Bernardoni explains value of RPR data to REALTORS®, politicians and communities

Illinois REALTORS® can provide valuable local demographic and economic information through the REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR) and their local government affairs director, says Brian Bernardoni, local government affairs director for the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.

Bernardoni explains how he’s used RPR data reports to help businesses and local government representatives make informed decisions regarding planning and property development. Economic Area Reports provide statistical information on changes in the community.

Watch the video and find out more.

RPR is a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®.



Illinois REALTORS® sworn in as state representatives

Illinois REALTORS® hosted a reception marking the beginning of the 100th General Assembly on Jan. 11, 2017, at the association’s Springfield headquarters. Attending was newly sworn in Rep. Tony McCombie, a REALTOR®. Shown, left to right, are Neil Malone, association Grassroots and Political Programs Manager; Julie Sullivan, Director of Legislative and Political Affairs; Rep. McCombie; Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary L. Clayton; and Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Greg. St. Aubin.

The winners of November elections for the Illinois House of Representatives were sworn in today in a ceremony at the University of Illinois-Springfield, including newcomer Rep. Tony McCombie (71st District) and incumbents Rep. Sam Yingling (62nd District) and Rep. Mark Batinick (97th District).

All three are members of Illinois REALTORS®.

Illinois REALTORS® Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Greg St. Aubin talks to state Rep. Mark Batinick. Batinick, second from left, is one of several Illinois REALTORS® serving in the House.

McCombie, a REALTOR® since 2003, is a broker for Mel Foster Co. in Savanna and the owner of Blue Appraisals, LLC, a real estate company that serves clients in Illinois and Iowa. She has been the mayor of Savanna, a small town in northwestern Illinois along the Mississippi River. Prior to that, she served on the Savanna City Council.

Batinick was first elected to represent the 97th District in 2014 and won reelection in November 2016 when he ran unopposed. He is a broker associate for RE/MAX Professionals Select in Naperville.

State Rep. Sam Yingling

Yingling, a REALTOR® since 2002, defeated Republican challenger Rod Drobinski. Yingling is part of a family owned business, New Century Real Estate in Round Lake. He began serving his district in 2012 and won reelection in 2014 and 2016. Prior to that, he served as Avon Township supervisor in Lake County.

Also serving in the legislature are Rep. Keith Sommer and Sen. Bill Brady.


New FPC hits the ground running

U.S. Sen Tammy Duckworth takes the oath of office last week in Washington, D.C.

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) appointed Illinois REALTOR® Nancy Suvarnamani as Federal Political Coordinator to newly elected U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth.

Nancy Suvarnamani

“With the new session of the United States Congress comes the reappointment of our FPC team, in addition to new appointments for newly elected senators and representatives,” says Illinois REALTORS® Housing Policy Advisor Sharon Gorrell.  “Nancy wasted no time in getting into action. She was invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony for the new senator and didn’t hesitate to attend the historic event.

“Nancy will attend FPC training in February with the full Illinois team to learn about the NAR issues for 2017 and the ABC’s of being an NAR FPC. Join all of us at Illinois REALTORS® in welcoming Nancy and the entire 2017-2018 FPC team!

Suvarnamani is the president of Century 21 SGR in Chicago. She is a past president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®, a director for NAR, a director for Illinois REALTORS® and the founding chair of the Chicago chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of American (AREEA). Suvarnamani is also a member of the Illinois REALTORS® Consulate General Liaison Program, and serves as liaison to Thailand.

Other new members of the team include Illinois REALTORS® Matt Farrell and Matt Silver. Farrell is the managing broker for Urban Real Estate in Chicago, and is now the FPC for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Silver is a broker for Urban Real Estate, a Consulate General Liaison to Israel and will serve as the FPC for U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (10th District).

The full team can be seen here.

Nancy Suvarnamani (back row, center) celebrated with supporters of U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (front row, center) following Duckworth’s swearing in ceremony.


Pippion-McGriff appointed to state real estate board by Gov. Rauner


Illinois REALTOR® Nykea Pippion-McGriff, of Dream Town Realty in Chicago, was named to the Illinois Real Estate Administration and Disciplinary Board last week, effective Dec. 22.

Pippion-McGriff, GRI, ABR, ADPR, BPOR, SFR, is a licensed managing broker. She is a federal Political Coordinator of the 1st Congressional District for the National Association of REALTORS® and is the president of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® Chicago.

She has served on numerous committees for the Illinois REALTORS® since 2014, including five in 2017: State Legislative Contacts Working Group (chair), RPAC Trustees, Public Policy & Government Affairs Major Investors Group, NAR Directors Committee and the Federal Political Coordinators Working Group.

The 10-member board meets monthly.

Peoria city manager, REALTORS® discuss future of city, region



(l to r) Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich chats with REALTORS® Jeff Kolbus and Zach Oyler. Oyler is a candidate for a mid-term opening on the Peoria City Council.

Review of the city’s recently passed budget, including operating budget highlights, investments in infrastructure, rental inspections, code enforcements, property tax levy and historic tax credits for the redevelopment of Peoria’s downtown were among the topics discussed Tuesday afternoon by Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich and about 50 REALTORS®.

The event was organized by the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR).

REALTOR® Jeff Kolbus, Downtown Development Council board member, introduced Urich, who provided REALTORS® with information on community programs and future initiatives, said Local Government Affairs Director Kristie Engerman.

Also, Urich explained how REALTORS® could play an important role in the city’s and the region’s future before he answered questions from the audience. The REALTORS® shared concerns with property taxes, inner city neighborhoods and schools directly impacting the local real estate market. All agreed continuing and increasing the collaborative efforts between the city and the PAAR were important for everyone.


(l to r) City Manager Patrick Urich and Jeff Kolbus address REALTORS® Tuesday in Peoria.