REALTORS® host radio program to discuss key downtown Springfield development projects

Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary Clayton (right) talks to Springfield radio personality Sam Madonia (left) Tuesday morning. Kent Massie is sitting next to Clayton.

The future development of the REALTORS® Bicentennial Plaza and the lot north of the Illinois Executive Mansion brought Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder, Springfield Alderman Herman Senor, Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary Clayton and a local Springfield radio program to the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters Tuesday morning.

AM Springfield 1450, hosted by Sam Madonia, asked Clayton about the association’s donation of land, then discussed plaza development with Kent Massie, Principal Planner and Landscape Architect of Massie Massie & Associates. Langfelder explained his hopes for the project and its links to development of the lot that was formerly occupied by the recently-razed Springfield YWCA (sometimes referred to as the North Mansion Block).

Senor and Neil Malone, Manager of Grassroots and Political Programs, discussed the positive impact of the project on Springfield’s Second Ward.

Illinois first lady Diana Rauner talked about restoration plans for the Illinois Executive Mansion and how they would coincide with the state’s bicentennial in 2018. Rauner is chair of the Illinois Executive Mansion Association, a non-profit organization that raises money for the restoration. Ann Londrigan, Vice President, Member and Association Engagement explained how the restoration of the governor’s mansion and the bicentennial would coincide with local restoration projects that REALTORS® would be involved with around the state.

Vice President Communications Jon Broadbooks provided Madonia and his listeners with background information on Illinois REALTORS®, its role representing more than 44,000 members and its local role as a corporate citizen of downtown Springfield.

 

 

REALTORS® give IE support to reelect Holland in Frankfort

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Illinois REALTORS® mailed postcards to registered Frankfort voters asking them to vote for Jim Holland for mayor on April 4.

The postcards are part of an independent expenditure campaign by Illinois REALTORS®. Independent expenditure activities take place in support of a candidate for public office without any coordination with the candidate or the candidate’s campaign.

The postcards say Mayor Holland has succeeded in bringing the village of Frankfort smart fiscal management, excellent village development and enhanced the quality of life. For more information about Holland, visit his campaign website, HollandForFrankfort.com. Please support him if you live in Frankfort.

For a list of all the independent expenditures, go here. To read all the stories in this series, go here.

 

3 ways successful REALTORS® use Big Data to get jump on competitors

April 2017

Leading REALTORS® use Big Data to stay ahead of the competition, and now they share their strategies in the cover story of the April edition of Illinois REALTOR® magazine. In “Awash in Big Data: Strategies to Chart Your Course,” REALTORS® and market experts share ideas that can help individuals and brokerages:

  • Develop tools using MLS data which are more accurate than Zillow Zestimate;
  • Develop property specific reports that predict cost of living within a specific ZIP code; and
  • Save money by geo-targeting potential clients and predicting more accurate returns on investment.

To read the cover story, go to page 20 of the digital edition of the magazine now.

REALTORS® give independent expenditure support to reelect Hernandez Brewer in Joliet

Illinois REALTORS® mailed postcards to registered Joliet voters asking them to vote for Brooke Hernandez Brewer for city council on April 4.

The postcards are part of an independent expenditure campaign by Illinois REALTORS®. Independent expenditure activities take place in support of a candidate for public office without any coordination with the candidate or the candidate’s campaign.

The postcards say that Hernandez Brewer has been a frequent community volunteer and has helped residents get access to the city services they need. As a member of city council, she will aggressively resolve complaints and get quick and effective solutions for her constituents. Since October, she has served as an at-large alderman filling a vacated seat on the city council. Please support Hernandez Brewer if you live in Joliet.

For a list of all the independent expenditures, go here. To read all the stories in this series, go here.

REALTORS® give IE support to reelect Burns in Geneva

Illinois REALTORS® mailed postcards to registered Geneva voters asking them to vote for Kevin Burns for mayor on April 4.

The postcards are part of an independent expenditure campaign by Illinois REALTORS®. Independent expenditure activities take place in support of a candidate for public office without any coordination with the candidate or the candidate’s campaign.

The postcards say that as mayor, Burns has been a passionate advocate for Geneva when working with neighboring communities and coordinating with officials at the county, state and federal levels. He’s reduced the percentage of city debt by 45 percent since 2008 and participated in more than 400 openings and grand openings of businesses. Please support Burns if you live in Geneva.

For a list of all the independent expenditures, go here. To read all the stories in this series, go here.