Another trio celebrated at June 6 ROTY banquet

Among the 24 local REALTORS® who’ll be honored at the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet will be Wayne Kurchina, Laura Boyer and Andrea Greenwalt.

The event will attract members from all over the state to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield on June 6. The guest of honor will be Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Sue Miller, managing broker for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, in McHenry. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. The deadline for ordering tickets is May 30. Tickets are $75 each.

Place your order online or use the ticket order form now.

Here are some details about the three local winners mentioned above:

Wayne Kurchina of ILrealty, Inc., Kurchina & Associates in McHenry will represent the Heartland REALTOR® Organization (HRO). Kurchina served Heartland in many capacities, including local organization president in 2016. He’s been on the Illinois REALTORS® Commercial/Industrial/Investment Committee for three years. He is broker-owner of ILrealty, Inc. Kurchina & Associates.

Laura Boyer of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group of Sycamore will represent the Hometown Association of REALTORS®. Boyer has served as Hometown president, on its Social Public Relations Committee. She won the Lamplighter Award and the 2016 Eddy Award. This RPAC Major Investor is a Hometown director and serves on the DeKalb Schools Facility/Finance Advisory Committee.

Andrea Greenwalt of Janko Realty & Development in Peru and will be the REALTOR® of the Year for the Illini Valley Association of REALTORS® (IVAR). She is the Illini Valley president, coaches at Tonica schools and volunteers at the Illinois Valley Peru PADS Shelter.

The Illinois REALTORS® ROTY banquet is jointly sponsored by the Illinois REALTORS® and the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF).

(This is the fourth in a series of stories highlighting local REALTORS® of the Year and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. Read the first, second and third stories.)

State Capitol Report: Senate’s unanimous vote for PACE bond bill and more

In today’s State Capitol Report, Illinois REALTORS® notes that House Bill 2831 will be sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his consideration after the Senate unanimously approved it earlier this week.

Members can log in to the May 19 edition for a brief explanation of how the bill could help cities or counties to establish clean energy programs. Illinois REALTORS® strongly supports the bill. Read the State Capitol Report now.

The State Capitol Report also provides this week’s updates on other bills under consideration by the House and Senate, including a companion bill to HB 2831. That bill (SB 1700), was passed by the Senate but no hearing date has been set in the House.

 

 

Some corporations and LLCs still need to reinstate non-renewed real estate licenses

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Almost four months after the Illinois REALTORS® and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) reported 1,400 corporate real estate licenses hadn’t been renewed on time, the association continues to get queries about the subject.

Managing brokers who didn’t renew their entity licenses on Oct. 31, 2016 can download the reinstatement form and send it to IDFPR as quickly as possible, return receipt requested. This form can’t be completed or submitted online.

Any brokerage operating under a non-renewed entity license can be subjecting itself to certain serious consequences.

Illinois REALTORS® suspects that the Department’s change from mailing renewal notifications to electronic means may be the reason managing brokers missed the deadline.

Other questions?

The IDFPR’s address is: Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Real Estate, 320 West Washington St., Springfield, IL 62786.

REALTORS® with licensing questions can call Real Estate Licensing at 800/560-6420.

ROTY Banquet tickets on sale until May 30

Order tickets now for the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 6 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

The event will honor the accomplishments of 24 local association REALTORS® of the Year (ROTY) and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Sue Miller, managing broker for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, in McHenry. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. The deadline for ordering tickets is May 30. Tickets are $75 each.

Place your order online or use the ticket order form now.

Among those being honored are:

Susan Gant of RE/MAX Executives Plus in Decatur will represent the Decatur Association of REALTORS®. Gant served as chair of the Macon Country Republican Women and a number of Decatur Association of REALTORS® committees. She serves on the Macon County Republican Central Committee and on the Decatur Association Board of Directors.

Ayn Bartok of All In One Real Estate Company in Harrisburg is from the Egyptian Board of REALTORS®. The former Egyptian president devoted herself to a variety of local and state REALTOR® committees and served as a state legislative contact. Along with being an RPAC Major Investor, she is an avid RPAC supporter.

Sharon Pratt of RE/MAX River Bend in Alton represents the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®. The managing broker/co-owner of RE/MAX River Bend recently received the 2016 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award. She serves on the Greater Gateway Board of Directors. She is very active in her community and church.

The Illinois REALTORS® ROTY banquet is jointly sponsored by the Illinois REALTORS® and the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF).

(This is the third in a series of stories highlighting local REALTORS® of the Year and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. Read the first and second stories.)

Photos from the House visits in DC

On Wednesday, Illinois REALTORS® visited with their representatives in Washington, D.C. as part of the 2017 Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo.

Local Government Affairs Directors and Federal Political Coordinators and REALTORS® from all around the state took part. Among those discussions were meetings with:

  • U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly,
  • U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky,
  • U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider,
  • U.S. Rep. Mike Bost,
  • U.S. Rep. Bill Foster,
  • U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, and
  • U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi.