Best ‘two-minute drill’ you won’t see during the Super Bowl

How do you summarize nearly four days of Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings? As Super Bowl Sunday draws near, the answer is quite simple: a two-minute video highlight reel featuring many of our stars in action!

Watch for the images of your REALTOR® colleagues and guest speakers captured by photographers and videographers last week at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria.

Hear from our REALTOR® of the Year, Sue Miller, and Political Involvement Award Winner, Sonia Anaya. Hear from the chair and vice chair of the State Bicentennial Task Force, Vicky Turner and Sheryl Grider Whitehurst.

And that’s just a fraction of the highlights in store for you.

Download presentations from Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings

If you attended last week’s Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria, you can now download presentations from some of the session speakers.


Illinois REALTOR® board meets for first meeting of 2017

Members of the Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors pose before their first meeting of the year at the Public Policy meetings in East Peoria on Thursday.Photo: Jon Broadbooks.

Members of the 2017 Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors met for the first meeting of the year in East Peoria on Monday.

The 28-member board directs the 44,000-plus member organizations efforts, and meets several times a year.

Members of the board include:

  • Officers: President, Doug Carpenter; President-elect, Matt Difanis; Treasurer, Dan Wagner; and Immediate Past President, Mike Drews.
  • Past president positions (And the year they were Illinois REALTORS® president): Patrick Dalessandro, 1997; Sheryl Grider Whitehurst, 2011; Michael Oldenettel, 2013;  and Kay Wirth, 2008.
  • Board members: Ron Abrams, Michael Buscher, Phil Chiles, Andrew Cook, Robert Eby, Jim Kinney, Jeff Kolbus, David Levin, Nick Libert, Susan Miller, Max Mitchell, Ed Neaves, Michael Onorato, Michael Parent, Wayne Paprocki, Debbie Prodehl, Ginger Sreenan, Catherine Terpstra, Rebecca Thomson and Vicky Turner.

REEF holds fundraiser to benefit scholarship efforts

The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation held a fundraiser Wednesday night in East Peoria to benefit the organization’s scholarship programs.

The event raised nearly $11,000.

For the last several years, REEF has held a “Fun-raiser” which lets Illinois REALTORS® try their hand at games of skill to win bottles of wine. The event takes place at the Public Policy Meetings held each January, and is one of the major fundraisers for the organization.

Since 2000, REEF has awarded more than a half million dollars in educational scholarships.

More photos from Public Policy Meetings

Jeffrey Barkstall listens intently during the Bicentennial Committee meeting.

The first few days of the Illinois REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings included more than 10 sessions, and two fundraising events. Action will conclude today in the early afternoon with the Board of Directors meeting. Please check the gallery below for more photos of colleagues and friends.