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Illinois REALTORS® are planning bicentennial “legacy 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.

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Bicentennial Plaza – a REALTOR® Community Partnership is being built in downtown Springfield and is a signature project of the state bicentennial celebrations. The association is an official endorsed partner with the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, which oversees the state’s plans for the milestone birthday.

Home Is Where the Heart Is - Bicentennial Essay Contest - 23 Scholarships

The contest is officially closed. Winners will be notified on April 1, 2018.

Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force launched the “Home Is Where the Heart Is” Essay Contest as part of Illinois bicentennial celebrations! 23 high school students across Illinois will be selected to win a scholarship ranging from $1000 dollars to $250. The Bicentennial Essay Contest ran from November 15, 2017 to February 15, 2018.

“Illinois REALTORS®, working with heart in every community”

This effort underscores how REALTORS® are leaders in their local communities, supporting local charities and causes, promoting economic development and a strong economy all while helping real estate buyers and sellers achieve the American Dream.

Illinois REALTORS® Bicentennial Task Force

  • Vicky Turner, Chair
  • Sheryl Grider Whitehurst, Vice Chair
  • Ron Abrams
  • Sonia Anaya
  • Jeffrey Barkstall
  • Steve Bois
  • Tonya Corder
  • Ron Ewing
  • Jim Haisler
  • Dallas Hancock
  • Joe Kenny
  • Christine King
  • Lynn Madison
  • Sandy Michel Stempinski
  • Sue Miller
  • Zeke Morris
  • Todd Musso
  • Karen Robertson
  • Ginger Sreenan
  • Tricia Tialdo

Latest News in the Illinois Bicentennial

  • REALTOR® Laurie Moore, president of the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS® (center) presents a $1,000 check to the board of directors of the Haskell House Children’s Museum in Alton.

Local projects part of REALTORS® support for Illinois Bicentennial

Upcoming bicentennial events to note April 9 Dedication of the historic marker commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act on April 11, 1968 at Bicentennial Plaza in Springfield. [...]

  • Deadline Feb. 15, 2018 Illinois High School Students Bicentennial Essay Contest

Last call! Encourage high school students to get their essays submitted for Illinois Bicentennial Essay Contest; deadline tomorrow

High school students have ONE more day to get their entries in. Entries must be submitted by the 11:59 p.m. deadline tomorrow, Feb. 15. At stake are 23 [...]

  • Deadline Feb. 15, 2018 Illinois High School Students Bicentennial Essay Contest

Feb. 15 deadline closing in for Illinois Bicentennial essay contest

Just days remain for Illinois high school students to submit their entries for the “Home is Where the Heart is” Essay Contest. Feb. 15 is the deadline for [...]