REALTOR®-branded state bicentennial items now available

Show pride in your state, your community and your profession by purchasing T-shirts, yard signs, decals, banners and more that celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial through the NAR REALTOR® Team Store.

These items feature the theme “Illinois REALTORS® working with heart in every community.” It is a feel-good theme that will be celebrated across the state from now through 2018.

Available items include:

  • Logo decals,
  • Yard signs,
  • X-frame banners,
  • T-shirts,
  • Heart pins and
  • Selfie signs.

Find out more about how the association will be celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial by visiting this page.

Illinois REALTORS® are planning projects across the state including “adopting” a historic home or property in our local REALTOR® association communities as well as downtown Springfield, in the block shared by the Illinois REALTORS® headquarters.

REALTORS® will partner with local community groups and state and local agencies to help identify and develop the projects. The association is a partner with the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, which oversees the state’s plans for the milestone birthday. For updates, LIKE us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/REALTORSCelebrateIllinoisBicentennial. Follow and tag #REALTORSworkingwithHeart. Learn more www.illinoisrealtors.org/bicentennial.

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.

 

 

Task force maps REALTOR® participation in state’s 200th birthday

Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force members meet in East Peoria Illinois during the association’s Public Policy Meetings. Photo: Scott Moomaw

Members of the Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force met Monday in East Peoria to discuss the association’s plans to honor the state’s 200th anniversary.

REALTOR® Vicky Turner at a meeting of the Bicentennial Task Force. Turner serves as chair of the panel.

The association began planning last year to commemorate the state’s milestone birthday in 2018, and heard presentations from task force committee members and a representative serving on the Illinois Bicentennial Commission.

The state association task force outlined plans to have local associations to adopt local historic landmarks. Capital Area REALTORS® recently announced it was adopting a Springfield historic site, and other local REALTOR® associations are in the planning process.

“This can be a small project, it does not have to be big,” said Vicky Turner, the task force’s chair. “We want to make sure the community knows about our work.”

Rebecca Thomson gives an update that the Bicentennial Task Force meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

Jim Kinney, a former Illinois REALTORS® president who serves on the state commission, said the commission met for the first time in January. He praised the state association task force’s planning.

“This is a great opportunity where as REALTORS® we can show the public and the state our leadership potential,” Kinney said.

The state association is looking at developing property on the north side of its Springfield headquarters into a park commemorating the state’s 200th birthday.

The REALTORS® effort to celebrate the bicentennial has a Facebook page, and uses a Twitter hashtag, #REALTORSworkingwithHeart.

Capital Area REALTORS® chooses Edwards Place as bicentennial charity

The Capital Area REALTORS® became the first local association to announce a charity for the state’s bicentennial when it announced the Springfield Art Association’s Edwards Place as its 2017 Charity of Choice. During the holiday season, Capital Area REALTORS® raised $3,000 for the project.

“As REALTORS®, we are committed to helping to build welcoming, vibrant and prosperous communities,” says Tracy Shaw (The Real Estate Group), chair of the Capital Area REALTORS® Community Service Committee. “Therefore, it is only fitting that the Capital Area REALTORS® has selected the Edwards Place as its ‘Charity of Choice’ for the coming year as we celebrate our state’s bicentennial.  As the oldest documented residence in Springfield, built in 1833, the Edwards Place has played a prominent role in Springfield’s social, cultural and political development.  Monies raised during the year will go toward the ongoing renovation efforts that are underway.”

Photo courtesy of the Springfield Art Association.

Edwards Place was once a center for social activity in Springfield, as noteworthy citizens and politicians such as Abraham Lincoln, Stephen A. Douglas and others enjoyed dinner parties on the grounds. In 2014-15, the first floor was restored to its 1857 appearance, says CAR Secretary/Treasurer Kristie DeBrun (Campo Realty, Inc. of Springfield).

Illinois REALTORS®, through its own Bicentennial Task Force, has encouraged each of the state’s local associations to provide resources and volunteer assistance for historic homes and properties in their own territories. The state association’s task force, led by Chair Vicky Turner (Crawford Realty in Dixon) and Vice Chair Sheryl Grider Whitehurst (RE/MAX Traders Unlimited in Peoria), encourages local REALTOR® associations to partner with community groups to identify projects and help develop them. The task force also developed a theme for the project, “Illinois REALTORS® working with heart in every community.”

The state of Illinois will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2018.  In December, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner named Illinois REALTOR® Jim Kinney (Baird & Warner in Chicago) to the state’s Bicentennial Commission. Illinois REALTORS® has pledged more than $50,000 toward the renovation and repair of the Executive Mansion in Springfield, built in 1855 for the state’s governors.

 

Illinois REALTORS® make plans to celebrate state’s 200th birthday

Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force Chair Vicky Turner and Vice Chair Sheryl Grider Whitehurst pose with the logo designed to commemorate the association's recognition of the state's 200th birthday in 2018.

Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force Chair Vicky Turner and Vice Chair Sheryl Grider Whitehurst pose with the logo designed to commemorate the association’s recognition of the state’s 200th birthday in 2018.

Illinois REALTORS® kicks off the state’s 2018 bicentennial celebration early by committing to play a role in preserving the state’s rich heritage.

Members of the 44,000-plus member trade association formed a task force with a goal of having each of the organization’s more than 20 local REALTOR® associations throughout Illinois adopt a historic property. Illinois REALTORS® established the task force to help the association mark the state’s bicentennial, and has adopted a theme of “Illinois REALTORS®, working with heart in every community.”

Illinois REALTORS® plan to celebrate the state's 200th anniversary by asking members to adopt historic sites throughout Illinois.

Illinois REALTORS® plan to celebrate the state’s 200th anniversary by asking members to adopt historic sites throughout Illinois.

The state association has already committed more than $50,000 toward the renovation and repair of the Executive Mansion in Springfield, built in 1855 for the state’s governors. 

“Our headquarters is located across the street from the Executive Mansion and REALTORS® also helped revitalize a downtown Springfield block with construction of our headquarters here in 2007,” said Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR, of Mokena. “Providing resources and volunteer hours to help maintain the state’s history is a natural outgrowth of that commitment, and it reinforces the deep pride REALTORS® have in their communities.”

The Illinois REALTORS® state bicentennial theme was unveiled Oct. 5 at a meeting held in conjunction with the association’s October Business Meetings in Naperville.

“Illinois REALTORS® work with ‘heart’ in neighborhoods throughout the state,” said Vicky Turner, CRS, SRS, chair of the Bicentennial Task Force. “REALTORS® are leaders in their local communities, supporting local charities and causes, promoting economic development and advocating for a strong local economy — all while helping real estate buyers and sellers achieve the American Dream.”

The Bicentennial Task Force’s goal is to have each of the more than 20 local REALTOR® associations provide resources and volunteer assistance for historic homes and properties. The local associations are being asked to partner with community groups to identify and develop the projects.

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed Executive Order 2016-11 establishing the Illinois Bicentennial Commission and the Illinois Bicentennial Office to develop a program to celebrate Illinois’ 1818 statehood and to showcase the state’s past, present and future.

Illinois REALTORS® has been working throughout 2016 to prepare for the birthday. The trade association just celebrated its own milestone in 2016: 100 years of service to consumers.

2015 Illinois REALTORS® president Jim Kinney ABR, CIPS, CRB, CRS, GRI, SRES, of Chicago initially spearheaded the effort to create the Bicentennial Task Force.

“Illinois has amazing stories to tell those interested in the state’s history,” Kinney said. “By committing to provide support for the state’s historic properties, we are making sure future generations will get a chance to understand the rich tapestry of the past and how it shapes the future.”

Look for updates from the Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force at the Illinois REALTORS® Facebook page “REALTORS® Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial.” 

Throughout the celebration, the association will be using the hashtags #REALTORSworkingwithHeart and #illinois200 to get the message out.