Community Leaders

In celebration of our association's 100th anniversary in 2016, we recognize the community leadership qualities of our members through this collection of their volunteer service stories. They initially appeared in the llinois REALTORS®' blog. #MemberMondays

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Ryan Kurtz, Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

Kurtz finds niche to help others through his business

12/19/16

Mark Guthrie, Mid Valley Association of REALTORS®

Annual 5K provides Guthrie with way to help others, remember wife

12/12/16

Brian K. Dolan, Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS®

Dolan and friends keep feeding Aurora food pantry

12/5/16

Brenda Short, Logan County Board of REALTORS®

REALTOR® Short looks out for Logan County dogs

11/28/16

Sara McCarthy (top) and Julie Dorger, Chicago Association of REALTORS®

Two REALTORS® use college connection to help kids at elementary school

11/21/16

Judy Stowe, Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

Parents, priest, friend start Stowe on 40-year journey with Marillac

11/14/16

Joan Bullard, Livingston County Board of REALTORS®

Bullard: 'I always feel like I get back much more than I give'

10/31/16

Luigui Corral, North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®

Helping Lake County immigrant families gives local REALTOR® joy

10/24/16

Baylee Gambetti, Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®

Gambetti: 'The better the town, the easier it should be to sell houses.'

10/17/16

Christi Steines, Belvidere Board of REALTORS®

Niece's struggles inspire Steines to join Epilepsy Foundation board

10/3/16

Millie Wilson, Danville Board of REALTORS®

Wilson helps local children with her volunteer efforts

9/26/16

Jack Persin, Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

Persin, NRFOV help struggling veterans get needed home repairs

9/19/16

Diane Hammon, HomeTown Association of REALTORS®

Rotary helps Hammon pass on family tradition

9/12/16

Tracy Shaw-Peterman, Capital Area REALTORS®

Shaw-Peterman builds up business, relationships and community

9/5/16

Karen Stailey-Lander, Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS®

Heart moves Stailey-Lander to help Bloomington-Normal community

8/29/16

Maurice Hampton, Chicago Association of REALTORS®

Hampton: 'REALTORS® are at the center of the community'

8/22/16

Jerry Downs, Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of REALTORS®

The beat goes on with Downs in Kankakee County

8/15/16

P.J. Trautman, Champaign County Association of REALTORS®

Trautman finds multiple ways to help Champaign area

8/8/16

John Lawrence, Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS®

Lawrence answers the call for this non-profit

8/1/16

Alisa Patterson, Rockford Area REALTORS®

Search helps Patterson choose her own charitable path

7/25/16

Allyson Hoffman,  North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®

Dogs get to the heart of Hoffman's impact

7/18/16

Susan Salisbury, North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®

Salisbury finds volunteer niche in local museum

7/11/16

Tom Krettler, Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

Boy Scout volunteer one of many important roles for Krettler

7/4/16

Karen Irace, MORe; Kristen Jungles, MORe; Jim Haisler, Heartland AE; Kim McCoy, MORe HR director.

REALTORS® ride their own paths to defeat cancer 

6/27/16

Zeke Morris, Chicago Association of REALTORS®

Illinois REALTOR® Morris pays it forward to McKinley Community Services

6/20/16

Beckie Chismarick, Illini Valley Association of REALTORS®

Chismarick finds rewards helping Streator-area women and children

6/13/16

Tim Davenport, REALTOR® Association of Northwestern Illinois

Freeport REALTOR® gains support for local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter

6/6/16

Phil Chiles, Capital Area REALTORS®

Veteran Chiles finds ways to build up Springfield

5/30/16

Teresa Keenan & Terra Ayres, REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley

Keenan, Ayres help found Geneva chapter of international organization

5/23/16

Cindy Cannon, REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois

Cannon and company organize community cleanup projects in Cahokia

5/16/16

Beth Ortega, REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois

Loss inspires Ortega to help veterans and music students

5/9/16

Angie Zahn, REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois

Zahn gives so girls learn their voices count

5/2/16

Sue Miller, Heartland REALTOR® Organization

Aftermath of 'aha' moment benefits McHenry schools and businesses

4/25/16

Erika Villegas, Chicago Association of REALTORS®

REALTOR® Villegas adapts to community's changing needs

4/18/16

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Matt Laricy, Chicago Association of REALTORS®

Laricy finds inspiration helping children through Make-A-Wish foundation

4/11/16
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Tricia Tialdo, REALTOR® Association of Southwestern Illinois

Tialdo finds a home for her volunteer passion

4/4/16
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Dale Taylor, Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

Hurricane brings best out of New Lenox REALTOR® #MemberMonday 

3/28/16
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Ryan Cotter & Greg Pekarski, Chicago Association of REALTORS®

Knockout idea gives duo unique volunteer opportunities

3/21/16
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Scott Newman, Chicago Association of REALTORS®

Newman unleashes his passion for saving Windy City strays

3/14/16
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Jane Bishop Lillegard, Chicago Association of REALTORS®

Volunteer's passion earns her two-year title

3/7/16
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Gloria Lin, Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

Lin volunteers at weekend language school in Palatine

2/29/16

Catherine Simon Vobornik, Oak Park Area Association of REALTORS®

Oak Park REALTOR® organizes special events for local food pantry

2/22/16

Helen Oliveri, North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®

Oliveri supports women and children in Lake County

2/15/16
popcorn machine to local nursing home

Jim Maskel, Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®

Maskel finds rewarding ways to help his community

2/8/16
Glazer Thanksgiving food distribution

Marilyn Glazer, North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®

Glazer gives back to community through foundation

2/1/16
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Danielle Procopio, Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

Local Habitat gives Procopio MORe success to build on

1/25/16
Vicky Turner helps plant flowers in Dixon.

Vicky Turner, Hometown Association of REALTORS®

Philosophy inspires Turner to give back to Dixon

1/18/16
  Mike Drews Member Monday

Mike Drews, Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®

Drews, Rotary make illuminating combination

1/11/16

 

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January Issue

Illinois REALTOR®'s January 2016 edition features the story of how a group of real estate visionaries helped start an organization that has pushed for professionalism and training and changed the landscape of private property rights in Illinois.

April Issue

Illinois REALTOR®'s April 2016 edition explains the importance of advocacy in the growth and influence of the association, with the development of RPAC, local Governmental Affairs Director program, the State Legislative Contract (SLC) program and more.

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