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March 2021 | Volume 14 - Number 2

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ATG Board Chairman William Austin Retires

Long-Time Agent, Director, and Friend

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It was a bittersweet moment to convey the news of William W. Austin’s retirement from the ATG Board of Directors. During his 35 years of service on the board, he served on many committees and held other offices including two terms as Chairman (2003–2008, 2016–2020). He was always a thoughtful listener, assessing the situation before offering his measured counsel.

We cannot begin to thank Bill for his devotion and leadership over the years. In addition to his stellar legal career, Bill was a Brigadier General in the Illinois National Guard. In that role he led the planning and training for the mobilization of the troops under his command. Bill brought that skill set to the leadership of our board.

Bill was deeply devoted to our mission of being the premier lawyer service organization for the benefit of the public. Read more...

Peter J. Birnbaum
ATG President and CEO

New Officers and a New Director

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We are excited to announce the election of new officers to our Board of Directors: Steve Norgaard, David Dunn, Aurora Austriaco, and Jim Hallene; and one new director, Tom Hundman. Read more...

ATG AGENTS | Underwriters' Bulletin

Hot Topic

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: For Agents in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties: ATG COVID-19 Update #25: COVID-19 Indemnity and Hold Harmless Agreement No Longer Required for Transactions on Residential Cook County Property

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

Trust and Estate Planning News

Announcement: ATG Trust Company to be Acquired by Midland Trust Company — ATG has signed a definitive agreement to sell the business of its subsidiary, ATG Trust Company, to Midland Trust Company (MTC), a subsidiary of Midland States Bancorp, Inc., of Effingham, Illinois. Read more...

Real Estate and Title Insurance News

REMINDER — Effective April 1, 2021: Oak Lawn to Require Sewer Inspections Prior to Sale


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  • Real Estate Case Law Update | 1.50 MCLE in Illinois
  • Placing an Order, Conducting a Digital Title Exam, and More Using ATG GO (Technology and Transactions, Part 1) | 1.50 MCLE in Illinois
  • ATG GO – Start to Finish (Technology and Transactions, Part 2) | 1.25 MCLE in Illinois

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2021 Employee Appreciation | First-ever virtual event included magic, trivia, and Peak of Excellence awards.
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The ATG GO App Makes You a Hero | Learn more about how to turbocharge your real estate practice. Watch our short videos.
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Simplify Your Work — New CPL System | Quick solutions for ATG agents, lenders, and clients.
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