About Jon Broadbooks

Jon Broadbooks is Vice President/Communications for Illinois REALTORS®. He serves as editor of online and print content for the association's communications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and e-newsletters. He conducts spokesperson training seminars and oversees website development for the Association.

Chicago Agent’s Who’s Who lists Illinois REALTORS®

Source: Chicago Agent

From Mack Alsaidi to Deena Zimmerman, Chicago Agent has its annual list of some of the best in the real estate business as part of the publication’s 2017 Who’s Who.

Included in the feature is Illinois REALTORS® leadership team, made up of President Doug Carpenter, President-elect Matt Difanis, Treasurer Dan Wagner and Immediate Past President Mike Drews.

See the feature online here, or check your mailbox for a copy. The latest issue should be arriving this week.

Is your corporate license in danger of becoming inoperative?

Source: Bigstock

More than 450 real estate businesses have lapses in their corporate licenses, according to IDFPR. These licenses are currently in “non-renewed” status, and if they are not restored by July 31, they will become listed as “inoperative.” Inoperative status means a firm could no longer legally do business in the state.

Illinois REALTORS® will be sending email notices to the entities affected, but anyone who wants to check on license status can do so by following this link. If you do need to restore your entity license, you’ll have to fill out a form and send it with a check including late fees to IDFPR for license restoration (there is no online option). IDFPR can be reached at 888-473-4858 or call Illinois REALTORS® at 217-529-2600.

Note: If you don’t restore the entity license, all licenses sponsored by that entity rick unlicensed practice complaints.

Two honored posthumously for service to Illinois REALTOR® organizations

Two REALTOR® association executives were posthumously honored for their service to members with a top award for leadership.

Margery Shinners

Margery Shinners, who was CEO of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®, and Deb Borgwald, who was association executive with the Danville Area Board of REALTORS®, were announced as recipients of the Rhino Award at a meeting of association leaders in St. Charles on Thursday.

Shinners died in April. Borgwald died in June. Both had contributed many years of service to their associations.

The Danville association has 81 REALTOR® members. Mainstreet has 16,453.

The announcement was made by Illinois REALTORS® CEO Gary L. Clayton who noted that despite the disparity in the organizations’ sizes, the commitment and passion to serve members was equal.

Deb Borgwald

Both Borgwald and Shinners have been honored with contributions to a fund administered by the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation to further training opportunities for women leading associations.

The Rhino Award is given annually to REALTORS® who show strength and loyalty — attributes of the award’s namesake animal — in their roles leading local REALTOR® associations.

Illinois REALTORS® mourns loss of Danville board’s Borgwald

NOTE: Updated with service information below

Illinois REALTORS® mourns the loss of Debbie Borgwald, association executive of the Danville Area Board of REALTORS®.

Deb Borgwald

Borgwald, 57, died late Sunday, and served on numerous committees for the association, including Professional Standards, Association Executives and the Conference & Expo Working Group.

“Debbie was a champion for her board and the REALTOR® community,” said Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter. “She was an advocate for making sure REALTORS® adhered to the highest standards of ethical practice.”

Survivors include her husband, Gary of Danville, and two sons, Derek Davis and Garrett Borgwald both of Danville.

Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion in Danville.

The funeral is 10 a.m. June 30 at the funeral home.

Sullivan advocates for property tax freeze during Committee of the Whole meeting Friday

Illinois REALTORS®Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan prepared to speak during a Committee of the Whole hearing in the Illinois House of Representatives on Friday.  Source: Illinois General Assembly

The Illinois General Assembly has been back in Springfield this week for a special session, and Illinois REALTORS® Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Julie Sullivan testified before a Committee of the Whole held in the Illinois House on Friday.

Sullivan was part of a series of speakers on Friday advocating for a property tax freeze. A freeze is a subject of negotiation as lawmakers grapple with how to pass a budget for the state. Sullivan said this was the first time in her decades at the association she had been asked to present before a Committee of the Whole.

Because Illinois has some of the highest property taxes in the U.S., Illinois REALTORS® has long advocated for some type of property tax relief.

High property taxes are preventing young consumers across the state from becoming first-time home buyers, said Sullivan, while other homeowners say they can make their house payments but struggle to pay their property taxes. Senior citizens can feel the effects of rising property taxes when their incomes are fixed.

“It affects all levels of homeowners and small businesses as well,” said Sullivan. “It has a cascading effect.”

Sullivan said the association is also supportive of measures which would allow for consolidation of some of the state’s record number of taxation districts.

Illinois leads the U.S. in the number of government entities, and Illinois REALTORS® has long held that there is a direct correlation between the number of taxing bodies and the high level of property taxes.