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LiftMaster marks 50 years in business

Oak Brook’s LiftMaster recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and its innovations in the garage door opener field.

Fitch Ratings gives Sammons firms a stable A+

Two Sammons Financial Group (SFG) companies—as well as SFG itself—recently earned strong appraisals from Fitch Ratings. SFG subsidiaries Midland National Life Insurance Company and North American Company for Life and Health Insurance both garnered A+ Insurer Financial Strength grades.

Katie Spring joins Edelman as general manager in Chicago

Katie Spring has joined Edelman's Chicago team as general manager and will be the Midwest leader for the marketing company's financial communications specialty practice.

National Restaurant Association exec lays out group's policy priorities ahead of Chicago gathering

Lobbyists for restaurant owners are working behind the scenes to make sure debit swipe fee limits are not swept away by the proposed gutting of a major financial reform bill.

Peoria County ranks bottom third among Illinois counties in university report

Peoria County has been ranked in the bottom third for the health of its residents compared to all other counties in Illinois. The study was released by the University of Wisconsin in its annual County Health Rankings.

OrthoIllinois surgeon earns 5-star rating from consumer service

Consumers’ Checkbook Center announced last month that OrthoIllinois surgeon John Daniels has received a 5-star rating from its review of surgeons.

Underwriter for Sammons Financial inducted into AHOU Hall of Fame

Sammons Financial Group Inc. announced the induction of industry professional Rick Gordon into the Association of Home Office Underwriters (AHOU) Hall of Fame recently.

Elmhurst RE/MAX 1st office acquired by Toronto broker and investor

RE/MAX Northern Illinois announced that Toronto-based real estate broker and investor Surinder Chandi has acquired the Elmhurst RE/MAX 1st franchise on Wednesday, May 10.

ZipLogix software provider strikes up partnership with Chicago Association of Realtors

Real estate technology provider zipLogix of Fraser, Michigan, recently contracted with the Chicago Association of Realtors to extend its electronic platform tools to almost 14,000 regional real estate professionals, fortifying its relationship with the organization.

Illinois ranks fifth nationally in foreclosure rate, according to report

ATTOM Data Solutions released its April 2017 U.S. Foreclosure Market data last week, and though the report says foreclosure rates are down nationally, Illinois still had the fifth-highest in the country.

Nicolas tapped to head Arup's Chicago office

Arup tapped Cierine Nicolas to head its Chicago office this week. Nicolas is a specialist in large high-rise and high-performance buildings and has experience in a variety of sectors, from mixed-use to government.

Selling? RE/MAX exec shares important questions to ask before hiring a broker

RE/MAX Northern Illinois Regional Director and Executive Vice President Jack Kreider recently shared insights on the questions a seller should ask before choosing a real estate broker.

Former Midland National president and CEO Rigsbee passes away

A leader who facilitated “unparalleled” company growth many times over, William Rigsbee—one-time president and CEO of Midland National Life Insurance Company (MNL) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota—has passed away.

Chicago Association of Realtors offering members scholarships to Roosevelt University business school

A new collaboration will make education more attainable for members of the Chicago Association of Realtors.

OSF HealthCare receives award for stroke patient treatment

OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute has received recognition from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Jewel-Osco makes bid for Strack & Van Til stores in bankruptcy

Jewel Food Stores Inc. (Jewel-Osco), based in Itasca, has entered into an agreement to buy 19 Strack & Van Til stores following the announcement that Central Grocers Inc., the owner of the chain, was $225 million dollars in debt.

Chicago to host cybersecurity event in July

The first annual CyberSecurity International Symposium will take place in Chicago this summer. The event, organized by the Smart Grid Observer, will be held July 10-11 and will focus on security in a digital world.

RE/MAX April sales report shows rising home values, lower overall unit sales

Home sales in the Chicago area were mixed during April with home values rising as unit sales dipped.

Hometown Community Banks welcomes new hire at Washington branch

Hometown Community Banks has announced the addition of a new Community Banker, Brad Mahony, at the Washington Community Bank

Local women bring international film to Pekin

A group of business-owning women in Pekin has come together to present two private screenings of “The Illusionists.” The internationally acclaimed film exposes the absurd and shocking images that drive a market based on insecurity.

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