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.

Neaves named treasurer-nominee for Illinois REALTORS®

Ed Neaves

Ed Neaves, president of the Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS® and an Illinois REALTORS® board member, has been named 2018 treasurer-nominee for the state association.

An Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors vote is expected to formally place Neaves on the leadership ladder later this year. Neave’s selection by the association’s Nominating Committee was announced Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

Neaves is the managing broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder Real Estate in Bloomington and is committed to fostering grassroots involvement and political advocacy in the REALTOR® community at the local, state and national level.

Neaves has served on a variety of Illinois REALTORS® committees and working groups, with a particular emphasis on political advocacy. He chairs the Federal Political Coordinators Working Group. He was honored with the 2015 Illinois REALTORS® Political Involvement Award for outstanding political and legislative service to the REALTOR® organization.

He is a major investor in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and will be inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame in May. He is the Federal Political Coordinator for U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon) and is the State Legislative Contact for Illinois Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).

Once the nominating committee’s selection is sanctioned by the association’s board of directors, Neaves will join other Illinois REALTOR® leaders in 2018, including Matt Difanis, who will become president; Dan Wagner, who will become president-elect and Doug Carpenter, who will be immediate past president.

Illinois REALTORS® kick off 2017 Capitol Conference in Springfield

Illinois REALTORS® get ready for their annual lobby day in Springfield.

The buses are arriving and more than 750 Illinois REALTORS® will be in Springfield today for the annual Capitol Conference and “REALTOR® Lobby Day.” This year’s event is drawing a record crowd of REALTORS® from around the state.

REALTORS® are leading advocates for private property rights and the real estate industry and they are bringing that message to the halls of the state Capitol. They will lobby legislators on the legislative and regulatory issues that affect Illinois homeowners, commercial real estate and real estate professionals.

Some of the issues on the association’s 2017 legislative agenda include: opposition to a bill that would repeal a 20-year-old law that prohibits local governments from imposing rent control measures; support for a bill that would create a voluntary financing mechanism for commercial, industrial and multi-family building clean energy projects; and support for an initiative updating real estate license law to make education course offerings and testing more efficient.

Learn more by downloading the 2017 Capitol Conference Legislative Issues Talking Points. #PowerofR #ILRealtorLobbyDay

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.

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.