About 750 REALTORS® attend luncheons, legislative briefings before visiting State Capitol

With the largest crowd ever expected for the annual Capitol Conference & REALTOR® Lobby Day, members attended three luncheons and legislative briefings, one at Illinois REALTORS® headquarters and two within the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

The Chicago Association of REALTORS® gathered at the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters while several central Illinois associations met in the Lincoln Room at the DoubleTree and all others gathered in the Presidential Ballroom of the DoubleTree. With assistance from association leaders, Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs Greg St. Aubin, Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan and Manager of Grassroots and Political Programs Neil Malone conducted the legislative briefings.

REALTORS® at the two locations then grabbed bus rides to the State Capitol to meet with their legislative leaders, some planned and some spontaneous.

See photo gallery below.

More photos of Goodwin, RPAC Pacesetter VIP event

(l to r) Michael J. Madigan, Daniel L. Goodwin, Christine Radogno, Gov. Bruce Rauner and Lee Daniels.

On Monday evening, the RPAC Pacesetter VIP Event honored REALTOR® and Inland Real Estate Chairman Daniel L. Goodwin and attracted Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and former House Speaker Lee Daniels.

Prior to the ceremony as guests mingled, they took turns posing for photos with Gov. Rauner and Speaker Madigan. Then, Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, President-elect Matt Difanis, Treasurer Dan Wagner and Past President Mike Drews explained to the crowd why Goodwin had been chosen to receive the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the state association.

The event helped kickoff the Illinois REALTORS® 2017 Capitol Conference and REALTOR® Lobby Day. Check out the photo gallery below.

Illinois REALTORS® recognized with third annual Springfield volunteer award

On Monday night, Illinois REALTORS® was named to the Springfield Good as Gold Business Honor Roll for the third consecutive year.

Created by the University of Illinois-Springfield Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center, the Junior League of Springfield and the United Way of Central Illinois in 2009, the Good as Gold Ceremony recognizes individuals for their community service and businesses for their support of employees that volunteer for nonprofit and charitable organizations. Good as Gold also recognizes Springfield businesses for their charitable giving. Each year, community members thank volunteers and businesses for those efforts, which make Springfield “a better place to live and thrive.”

In 2017, Illinois REALTORS® won recognition in the category for businesses with between 51 and 151 employees.

The association has been working with the city of Springfield and the Illinois Executive Mansion Association to help revitalize the Jackson Street Corridor with a pedestrian walkway from the Lincoln Home to the State Capitol.

Also, during the past year, Illinois REALTORS® supported several organizations with sponsorships, monetary donations and goods:

  • An annual holiday giving program through Contact Ministries;
  • The Hope Institute
  • Play for the Cure
  • Jared’s Keepers Foundation
  • Illinois Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Springfield Striders
  • Early Learning Center
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
  • University of Illinois Foundation
  • Springfield Good as Gold and
  • Downtown Springfield, Inc.

The Illinois REALTORS® provided meeting space to these organizations, too:

  • Illinois Housing Development Authority
  • Association of Women in Communications
  • Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Leadership Springfield, Inc.
  • American Institute of Architects Green Symposium
  • Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery
  • Better Government Association
  • Advance Illinois, Community Foundation of the Land of Lincoln and
  • Citizens Club of Springfield.

Goodwin awarded first Lifetime Achievement Award by Illinois REALTORS®

Daniel L. Goodwin

REALTOR® and Inland Real Estate Chairman Daniel L. Goodwin received the first-ever Illinois REALTORS® Lifetime Achievement Award Monday night during a special ceremony at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

“Throughout its more than 100 years of existence, Illinois REALTORS® has never had an award for Lifetime Achievement but that changes tonight,” said President Doug Carpenter as the association kicked off its annual Capitol Conference & REALTOR® Lobby Day. “The award is given for an ongoing – relentless – impressive body of work on behalf of the industry and those who rely on it.”

“I am proud to be a REALTOR® in Illinois tonight,” said Goodwin.

He thanked leaders of Illinois REALTORS® for the recognition, and he urged elected officials to listen to the concerns of his colleagues. Contrary to popular opinion, he says elected officials he has worked with have been very honest, hard working men and women. He urged REALTORS® to thank elected officials for their efforts, which include long hours and little financial rewards.

The featured guests included Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner,  House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and former House Speaker Lee Daniels.

A former teacher in Chicago Public Schools, Goodwin helped found Inland Real Estate and grow the Oak Brook-based company into what it is today. He’s chairman of the New Directions Housing Corporation (Lombard), a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable corporation that has built and rehabilitated almost 400 multifamily housing units so low income individuals could afford safe, decent and sanitary housing. New Directions has also worked with other groups to provide food, after-school care for children, immunizations and more to the people it serves. Watch a video about Goodwin and his career.

Goodwin was chairman of Northeastern Illinois University’s board and was vice chairman at Benedictine University. In 2015, he received the Good Neighbor Award from REALTOR® Magazine.

He’s a member of the National Association of REALTORS® RPAC Investors Hall of Fame, the NAR President’s Circle, the Illinois REALTORS® Hall of Fame and the Chicago Association of REALTORS® Hall of Fame. He is the founder of Retail Properties of America REIT and is chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Trusts Non-traded REIT Council. He is a director of the Chicago Better Government Association.


Video key to REALTORS® success in future — YPN-WCR program

(l to r) Marki Lemons Ryhal and Carrie Bey-Little

Whether trying to market themselves to future customers or enhancing their own image, REALTORS® will need to use video to be successful said Marki Lemons Ryhal and Carrie Bey-Little at the first event of the 2017 Capitol Conference & Lobby Day event Monday afternoon.

REALTORS® gathered at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield — a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel to listen to Ryhal and Bey-Little share ideas for using video effectively, titled “How to Make Yourself Famous, Become your Local Celebrity.”

“I believe all REALTORS® should use video because it can be repurposed more easily than other forms of social media,” said Ryhal, who spoke about Facebook Live, must-have video tools and other forms of social media.

Their discussion preceded another discussion “Be a Media Darling in Your Local Community,” by Illinois REALTORS® Vice President of Communications Jon Broadbooks and CAR Director of Marketing & Communications Jessica Kern.

The session concluded with REALTORS® volunteering to make their own video.

Check the photo gallery below.