Illinois REALTORS® support Legacy Awards in Springfield

Dennis Bringuet, president of Ace Sign, accepted a Legacy Award from the Springfield Business Journal earlier this week at the Illinois REALTORS® building in Springfield. Brinquet accepted the award with three generations of his family. The business started in 1940.

Illinois REALTORS® sponsored this year’s Legacy Awards, presented by the Springfield Business Journal. The awards honor local businesses and individual business leaders for their commitment to the Springfield community and historic preservation.

Congratulations to all recipients including Ace Sign Co. in the category of 51-100 years in business. Ace created the signage for the Illinois REALTORS® building in 2007 and again in 2016 for the historic name change.

Other award winners included:

Fletcher Farrar, editor of the Springfield Business Journal, thanked Illinois REALTORS® for hosting the event. He shared the importance of a thriving local business community and how the leaders at the event leaving a legacy for future generations through their involvement in historic preservation and commitment to keeping their businesses in Springfield.

Fletcher Farrar, editor of the Springfield Business Journal, thanks Illinois REALTORS® for hosting the event.

The Vachel Lindsay Association receives the 2017 Historic Preservation Fund of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln grant of $7,500. The home is located across the street from the Illinois REALTORS headquarters and just south of the Governor’s Mansion. The grant will fund repainting of the exterior of the home as part of the Illinois Bicentennial celebrations.


Supreme Court decision one of 6 case studies in latest DR Legal News

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In the September issue of Designated REALTOR® Legal News, Lisa Harms Hartzler of Sorling Northrup Attorneys provides analysis of six legal case studies, including a 5-3 Supreme Court decision regarding the Takings Clause in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Summaries of the case studies included:

  • U.S. Supreme Court drafts new test for 5th Amendment Takings claims.
  • Nuisance claim based only on aesthetic dislike of solar panels was not actionable.
  • Grocery store’s website found in violation of ADA.
  • Broker not liable for misrepresentation where Buyer had the same information.
  • Broker potentially liable for fraudulent actions of agent.
  • Company formed to maintain private dam did not have to replace it.

Find out more about these legal case studies.

Register now for free NAR safety webinars Sept. 20 and 27

The National Association of REALTORS® is hosting two safety webinars in September designed to help members minimize risk and avoid danger on the job.

At 1 p.m. Sept. 20, join Andrea “Andy” Tolbert for “Safety: Do This Now,” an hour-long presentation that will provide tips for holding successful and safe open houses, confirming the identity of prospects and tips for a successful mobile office. Tolbert is the founder of SaferAgent, a company that trains Florida real estate agents how to protect themselves and their clients immediately. Tolbert has been in the real estate industry since 1995 and a REALTOR® since 1998. Register now.

At 1 p.m. Sept. 27, join Tamara Suminski for “Stay Safe by Building Better Business Relationships,” an hour-long webinar about mitigating risks by building better business relationships and following safety protocols. Suminski is the broker-owner of the Beach Real Estate Group in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and an NAR REALTOR® Safety Course instructor. She’s an instructor for NAR’s Safety Matters course. She was the 2014 President of the South Bay Association of REALTORS® and earned the 2010 REALTOR® of the Year Award. She serves on several committees for the California and the National Association of REALTORS®. Register now.

REALTOR® association helps Lockport with grant for pedestrian plan

(l to r) Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® CEO David McClintock, Renee Saban (Lockport city council), Joanne Bartelsen (Lockport city council), Three Rivers President Matt Persicketti, Steven Streit (Lockport Mayor) and Three Rivers Secretary-Treasurer Ken Pytlewski.

The Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® presented Lockport officials with a $5,000 donation last week to help the city’s pedestrians.

The local REALTOR® association secured the funds through the National Association of REALTORS®’ Smart Growth Action Grant program. Three Rivers’ President Matt Persicketti and Secretary/Treasurer Ken Pytlewski spoke during a Lockport City Council meeting.

“As part of our local community involvement, the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® prides itself on securing National Association of REALTOR® grants for projects that line up with the vision local leaders have for their communities,” said Persicketti.

“Lockport has excellent transportation assets with a Metra stop, access to Interstate 355 and the I&M Canal Trail,” said Pytlewski. “The pedestrian plan update is a great way to add character and value to an already great town.”

Lockport boasts a network of bike trails and roadways and access to major tollways and commuter rail service. Recent growth and the potential for more development, however, uncovered the need for changes to the city’s pedestrian plan, which was last updated in 2003. The plan provides a guiding document that city officials and residents can use for future pedestrian infrastructure development. Pedestrian plans are crucial tools for creating desirable, livable communities that preserve historical elements while embracing growth. Pedestrian amenities can also improve property values.

The NAR Smart Growth Action Grants encourage REALTOR® participation in community and economic development. Three Rivers is a non-profit organization that represents more than 900 members in Will and Grundy counties dedicated to professional and ethical service to their real estate clients.

Panno honored by Livingston County Board of REALTORS®

Frank Panno (center) received the REALTOR® Emeritus Award Monday with daughter Lisa Martin and grandson Peter Martin. All three are REALTORS® and associated with Panno Realty of Pontiac. Local associations that honor new REALTOR® Emeritus Award winners should forward the names of recipients to

On Sept. 11, the Livingston County Board of REALTORS® held its Annual Meeting and Dinner at David’s in Pontiac.

Guest speaker, Gideon Blustein, Member Outreach Manager and Local Government Affairs Director for the Illinois REALTORS® Association, spoke about the impact RPAC (REALTORS® Political Action Committee) has on homeownership and real estate issues. Members raised $1,030 for RPAC through an auction of REALTOR®-donated items.

The Livingston County Board of REALTORS® also presented the REALTOR® Emeritus award to local REALTOR® Frank Panno.

Panno was nominated for the award by Gina Manker, Association Executive of the Livingston County Board of REALTORS®. To qualify for the prestigious award, a nominee must be a REALTOR® for 40 or more years and have served at the local, state or national association level for at least one year. Panno was one of the founding fathers of the Livingston County association.