News & Announcements

  • May 17, 2019 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    The Harbour, our 2019 Charity, is in need of furniture for their office and Transitional Housing locations. 

    The staff has asked for donations of:

    • A small round table with 4 chairs 
    • Computer Desks for their Resource Room 
    • Office chairs for the computer desks

    If you have any of these items, please contact the BOMA/Surburban Chicago Office.  Thank you!

  • May 14, 2019 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    Murphy & Miller, Inc.  is currently looking to hire an HVAC Mechanical Engineer.

    • ·         Must be able to perform HVAC load calculations.
    • ·         Custom design a complete commercial HVAC system.
    • ·         Able to identify and correct inefficiencies on existing systems.
    • ·         Create engineered drawings for bidding and installation purposes.
    • ·         Project manage jobs once awarded.
    • ·         Must be able to establish and maintain customer relationships.

    If interested, please contact Arturo Hurtado 312-520 5384

    Murphy & Miller is a family-owned, Chicago-based HVAC contractor for commercial buildings. Since 1936, we’ve been a leader in quality HVACR, service, maintenance, and design/build installation.

  • May 10, 2019 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    Just Launched! The New 16-WEEK TOBY Road Map to Success 

    Developed by the Awards & Recognition Committee, the 16-Week TOBY Road Map to Success will guide you through the TOBY application process by breaking down the category requirements into more manageable steps. 

    For further information about the 2020 TOBY Awards Program visit the BOMA/Suburban Chicago Awards page. 

    When you follow the TOBY Road Map to Success plan, you'll receive weekly email reminders motivating you to stay on track and work toward your goals. This guided plan provides the framework you need for completing your TOBY application. 

    In addition, you'll receive tips to help you put your best foot forward and stay organized throughout the process! 

    The 16-week plan runs from Monday, June 3 through Friday, September 20

    Complete and return the Entry Intent Form to the BOMA Office by Friday, May 31 to enroll in the 16-Week TOBY Road Map to Success and receive weekly emails reminders.

    All submissions are due on Friday, September 20.

  • April 25, 2019 2:25 PM | Anonymous

    Deadline has been extended till May 3 at 12:00 p.m.

    We still need your help!

    Through recently introduced state legislation (SB 1379) and other policies, Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi has been making concerted attempts to drive up the assessments of commercial property, which will create uncertainty in the market and could further shift the property tax burden from residential to commercial taxpayers. Recently reassessed commercial properties in northern townships are reporting assessments that have doubled and even tripled.

     As you well know, businesses are really the ones who pay for property taxes as these costs are passed down to tenants by commercial buildings. We are reaching out to our Members who do business in Cook County - the businesses that will ultimately have to pay for these increased property taxes - to urge you to voice your concerns to our elected officials.

     Letter Writing Campaign to Oppose the Assessor's Legislation

    We are asking that you write a single letter expressing opposition to the Assessor's proposed legislation. The letters will be directed to the Revenue Committee of the Illinois House of Representatives, along with Illinois House Legislative Leaders, urging the Representatives to vote against the legislation in Committee.

    For your convenience, you can use one of these six sample letters

     Tips for Engaging Tenants and Writing Effective Letters

    Here are some letter-writing campaign suggestions: 

    • Keep letters short - no more than one page
    • Letters should be printed on business letterhead
    • Include brief description of your business
    • Personalize the letter as much as possible
    • Emphasize concerns that the Assessor's legislation will drive up costs, and how it will impact your business (loss of jobs, jeopardize your company's ability to remain in Cook County, etc.)
     The Impact

    If each of our Members sent letters, we could deliver hundreds of letters to each legislator. That would have a huge impact on the deliberations of the Revenue Committee.

     Time is of the Essence

    Our goal is to get these letters into the legislators' hands before the House Revenue Committee votes on the measure, expected within three weeks. The bill has already been approved by the Senate and was just today assigned to the House Revenue Committee. If the Committee approves the proposed legislation and sends to the House for a full vote, our chances of defeating it are reduced.

    * *Note:  Extended Deadline. We ask that you have your letters completed and returned to BOMA/Suburban Chicago by Friday, May 3

     The Logistics

    Once your letter is completed, please notify Michael Mulcrone with BOMA/Suburban Chicago at or (847) 995-0970 so we can collect the letters. BOMA/Suburban Chicago, in cooperation with BOMA/Chicago, will make copies and ensure the letters are presented directly to Illinois House Revenue Committee members and the House Legislative Leaders.

     For More Information

    If you have any questions, please reach out to BOMA/Suburban Chicago or BOMA/Chicagostaff below. It's an important fight with a great deal at stake. These letters make a difference - thank you in advance for your help.

    Michael Mulcrone

    Executive Director

    BOMA/Suburban Chicago

    (847) 995-0970

    Ron Tabaczynski

    Director of Government Affairs


    (312) 870-9611

    Other Organizations Who Oppose SB1379
    • BOMA/Chicago, BOMA/Suburban Chicago
    • Chemical Industry Council of Illinois
    • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
    • Grain and Feed Association of Illinois
    • Illinois Chamber of Commerce
    • Illinois CPA Society
    • Illinois Farm Bureau
    • Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association
    • Illinois Manufacturer's Association
    • Illinois REALTORS
    • Illinois Retail Merchants Association
    • Inland Real Estate Group
    • International Council of Shopping Centers
    • Millbrook Real Estate Company
    • National Federation of Independent Business
    • Southland Chamber of Commerce
    • Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois

  • April 18, 2019 9:24 AM | Anonymous

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    Here are some locations where you can enjoy the outdoors in the Greater Chicago Area.

    Send us pictures of your Earth Day events and perhaps they will be posted on our website and social media feeds.

  • April 16, 2019 1:53 PM | Anonymous


    Justify Your Attendance

    If you're like many people who attend this important conference every year, you rely on your company to cover the expenses of attending and you need a stamp of approval before funding is released to enable you to attend.

    Use this Sample Budget Worksheet to illustrate the value of attending.  Combine this with the resources tailored for your area of expertise, whether you are a Property ManagerAsset ManagerFacility Manager or Building Engineer, to help you make the case to attend the one event that will give you the advanced strategies and specific tactics to benefit your building.

    What's the best strategy for acquiring funding approval? The tips and ideas provided here are designed to help you make a strong and effective case for attending the 2019 BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City. Use any or all of them to suit your unique situation.


    Talk to your supervisor about how your organization can profit from the new ideas, information, connections and innovations you'll acquire as a result of attending. Here are some key points:

    • "I can find new ways to save the company money." The new strategies, best practices and innovative solutions available here will help increase operational performance, reduce costs and boost NOI—potentially offsetting the costs of attending.
    • "This is the best way to compare and evaluate vendors." If you're in the market for a specific product or service, the Expo is an unbeatable one-stop resource that enables you to source new suppliers, talk directly to top manufacturers, work all your options and make the smartest buying decisions—all in one place.
    • "The educational opportunities are the best in the business." The insights you'll gain, information you acquire and expert advice you get can be put to use in your own buildings to help heighten asset-performance, maximize efficiencies and increase profitability.
    • "I can learn all about the latest innovations we need to stay competitive and profitable." As the commercial real estate industry's premier event, the BOMA Conference & Expo is a showcase of all the newest technology solutions, leading-edge products and innovative service offerings. No need to look elsewhere for the energy-saving, cost-cutting ideas that will keep your company on top of its game.
    • "We can solidify our relationship with the companies who are already doing business with us." By getting to know your suppliers better, you can build collaborative partnerships that result in enhanced service, more responsive solutions—and bigger savings.
    • "What I gain from three days here would take months to acquire any other way." Piecing together an experience that's equivalent to the BOMA Conference & Expo would be almost impossible—and would keep you out of the office much longer and cost much more than this one quick trip to Salt Lake.
    • "Our entire team will benefit." Is your expertise different from your colleagues? Are there overlapping sessions and events that you can tag-team? BOMA education and networking opportunities benefit professionals at all levels, and can provide an excellent opportunity to advance your company's performance across the board.
    • "I need to learn the ropes." If you're new to the industry, this event is the best way for you to make connections that can help you be more effective in your position.
    • "Our competitors will be there." By joining them, you'll stay abreast of the industry, learn more from your peers and maintain a level playing field.


    Put your plan on paper to show your supervisor that your trip to the BOMA International Conference & Expo will be productive:

    • Use the Schedule of Events to build an agenda that includes seminars, networking functions and the Expo.
    • Study the Education Sessions and choose the ones that apply to your position, as well as your company's specific objectives.  
    • If you purchase products and services for your company, check our the Exhibitor List for suppliers that offer what you need. Include the vendors you'd like to visit in the written plan that you show your supervisor.


    Your boss will want to know, not just what it costs to send you to the Conference, but what it's worth. Use the sample budget worksheet to break it down, and be sure to emphasize the $100 early-bird registration discount if you register by March 1 and $50 discount if you register between March 2 and May 15.

    Other important considerations:

    • Is money the make-or-break issue? If so, see if you can quantify the value of certain aspects of attending. For instance, can you attach a dollar estimate to the savings you negotiate in the Expo? How about the cost-cutting techniques you learn in the education sessions?


    Assure your supervisor that you will give a full report on your conference activities upon your return. Your report should include:

    • The sessions you attended, along with your evaluation of each.
    • The vendors you visited.
    • The products and services you learned about.
    • The savings you realized by taking advantage of Expo discounts.
    • News and information that you collected through networking, plus specific ideas and strategies you learned at the conference that will help your company save money and run a better, more profitable business.

    We hope these ideas will be effective for you in getting your boss to say "yes" to the 2019 BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo. See you in Salt Lake in June!

  • April 12, 2019 1:36 PM | Anonymous

    We all know that predicting the weather is impossible. Even if we can't anticipate every weather related occurrence, we can still be prepared for a weather related situation, here's how:

    Prepare for a natural disaster

    • Sign up for severe weather alerts in your area.
    • Program emergency numbers into your phone.
    • Decide on a meeting place for your family to gather.
    • Plan escape routes from your home and neighborhood. Remember, roads could be blocked in large-scale disasters – so have at least one alternate route.
    • Be sure all adult and teenage family members know how to shut off gas, electric and water lines if there's a leak or electrical short. Keep the tools close by.
    • Consider cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid training.
    • Remember your pets. Bring dogs and cats inside during a catastrophe, and make sure they have ID tags.

    Create an emergency kit

    Having an emergency kit on hand may help you keep your family safe during a disaster. Keep emergency supplies in a large waterproof container near a door or in your garage, so you can grab it and find shelter quickly.

    Good items for a disaster kit:

    • A three-day supply of drinking water (one gallon per person, per day)
    • Nonperishable food, such as canned fruit and protein bars
    • Manual can opener
    • Flashlights or portable lanterns, and extra batteries
    • Dry clothing and blankets
    • First aid kit, with waterproof matches
    • A crank- or battery-powered radio
    • Sanitation supplies: toilet paper, moist towelettes, soap, trash bags and disinfectant

    Depending on your situation, a kit could also include:

    • Baby food, bottles and diapers
    • Pet food
    • Prescription medications
    • Extra eyeglasses or contact lens solution
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

    Thanks to our Emergency Preparedness Committee for suggesting these announcements. 

  • April 12, 2019 8:40 AM | Anonymous

    GlenStar Asset Management, LLC is currently looking for someone to fulfill the roll of Assistant Property Manager at their Rolling Meadows facility.  The Assistant Property Manager will assist with the day-to-day bookkeeping, accounting, and finance of property operations. The ideal candidate should be skilled with accounting and bookkeeping functions, with a strong background in Excel, MRI and Kardin, have strong attention to detail and be able to juggle multiple tasks.

    For further information, see the full job description or contact Cathi Carlson. 

  • April 11, 2019 11:07 AM | Anonymous

    A Day in the Life of a CRE Hero Video with our own Carlie Stogis; General Manager at JLL

    To view the video in its entirety click here: 

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