Illinois REALTORS® talk politics, global business and more Thursday in Naperville

Greg St. Aubin and Julie Sullivan during the Public Policy & Government Affairs MIG session Thursday.

Enjoy these photos taken during the Illinois REALTORS® October Business Meetings Thursday at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.

You’ll see photos from sessions for the Global Business Council, the REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee, the Commercial-Industrial-Investment Committee and the Public Policy & Government Affairs Major Investors Group. Watch for more photos and stories from today’s board of directors meeting as well as the Inaugural Gala tonight.

Diverse discussions draw REALTORS® to Illinois Young Professionals Network

Eddie Ruettiger makes a point during YPN NonCon Wednesday afternoon.

The ability to choose from a variety of discussion topics drew about 50 Illinois REALTORS® to the Illinois Young Professionals Network NonCon Wednesday afternoon.

Participants broke into smaller groups led by YPN Advisory Board members, Illinois REALTORS® 2018 President Matt Difanis and veteran instructor Wayne Paprocki. Sessions lasted 45 minutes before attendees moved to a new discussion. Topics included:

  • Video/Social media
  • Converting online leads
  • Negotiations
  • Real estate apps
  • Real estate investing
  • Trends in the future of real estate
  • Marketing ideas
  • Creating your brand
  • Best practices for prospecting commercial clients

The YPN NonCon is one of many meetings held at the Chicago Marriott Naperville during the Illinois REALTORS® October Business Meetings. See photo gallery below:

Bicentennial video contest deadline extended to Oct. 31 for Illinois high school and college students


Illinois high school and college students can submit a historical video and possibly win two tickets to see Hamilton, the musical, in Chicago on Dec. 3. (Bigstock Photo)

Illinois REALTORS® can contact local high schools and colleges and notify local news media that the deadline for entries in the “Something to Learn About Illinois History” Video Contest has been extended to Oct. 31. Go to to register.

The contest will reward 100 Illinois high school and college students who submit an original video that highlights a fact, event, place, person or something to learn about the history of Illinois. The video must be 45 to 60 seconds in length.

The 100 winners will get their videos aired and posted online for others to see, plus they will receive two tickets to the Dec. 3 matinee showing of Hamilton in Chicago. The matinee will officially kickoff the 100-day Bicentennial Countdown.

For more details about the contest, go to

Every city and town in Illinois has a historical story to tell, just like Pontiac, Ill. (Bigstock Photo)


10 reasons you should register for the REALTOR® Conference & Expo now

With just less than a month until the REALTOR® Conference & Expo kicks off in Chicago, consider these 10 reasons why you should register today.

  1. Former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps speaks during the general session, Nov. 4;
  2. Erin Meyer, author and international business expert, speaks on Nov. 3;
  3. Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War, delivers an inspirational message Nov. 5;
  4. Desiree Rogers, former special assistant to President Barack Obama, shares business ideas Nov. 4;
  5. Steven Levitt, University of Chicago professor and Freakonomics author, talks Nov. 5;
  6. Kelly McDonald, marketing and advertising expert, presents on Nov. 6;
  7. Marki Lemons-Ryhal leads a “Facebook Live” session on Nov. 4;
  8. Carrie Little talks about content marketing on Nov. 4;
  9. Dan Wagner discusses reasons for keeping 1031 like-kind exchanges on Nov. 5;
  10. Michael Phelps, winner of 23 Olympic gold medals, poses for photos at the Expo, Nov. 4.

Some presentations will require separate registration. Make sure you register today.