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Last updated 10/16/2019 at 1:18pm | View PDF


John Brennan has joined County Line Properties in Hinsdale as president and co-owner.

John Bohnen will continue to run the day-to-day management of the firm as managing broker and will also assume the role of chairman of County Line Properties.

“We are thrilled to welcome John to the team and excited to tap into his experience and broad business network,” Bohnen said. “Together, we are fully committed to the County Line Properties’ mission of providing clients and partners with the unique, innovative, valued-added services and customization that future homebuyers have come to expect.”

Brennan has been an active investor in real estate (commercial, retail, multifamily) for more than 30 years and he currently serves as a fund advisor to ACH Funds, an organization with several billion dollars of investments across the country. Most recently, Brennan was a partner and head of private wealth management with William Blair. He also spent 23 years with Bank of America as president for Illinois and prior to that led all marketing functions for Bank of America west of the Mississippi.

“I am thrilled to be joining John, Penny and Courtney at County Line Properties — a firm I have long admired for its integrity and client-first reputation,” Brennan said. “Together with my son, Jack, who joined County Line Properties two years ago, the opportunity to combine our efforts with the Bohnen family was beyond compelling.

“As the residential real estate industry experiences unprecedented change, our independent boutique structure enables us to focus on the needs of home buyers and sellers in a way that others can’t. We look forward to partnering with the best brokers in the business to make that happen.

Brennan, who lives in Burr Ridge, has a degree in economics and an MBA in finance and marketing from Vanderbilt University. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including DePaul University, WTTW/WFMT, Rush University Medical Center and the Chicago Public Library. He is a past board member of the Shedd Aquarium and the Lyric Opera and was appointed by the late Cardinal George to be one of 10 key financial advisors for his Finance Council.

HMS STRINGS to perform in peoria

The Hinsdale Middle School Chamber Strings has been selected as one of two middle school orchestras from the state to perform at the Illinois Music Educators Conference in Peoria in January.

The musicians will perform seven songs, which will be professionally recorded, on Jan. 30.

Gretchen Pearson Nerad is the orchestra teacher at HMS.

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Some 250 attendees raised $30,000 to support the Hinsdale Humane Society at the Oktoberfest fundraiser Sept. 28 at the Tuthill Family Pet Rescue and Resource Center.

The evening included German food and beverages, music by the Die Musikmeisters Band, traditional German dances performed by the Center for Dance, a silent auction and more.

“We want to thank our supporters and sponsors who came out to celebrate all things German during our Oktoberfest celebration,” said Jacki Rossi, business development director for the humane society. “It was a fun evening and truly benefits our animals and helps with all of the programs that support our community.”

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GROUP supports WELLNESS house

The Joint Commission welcomed Wellness House for a presentation and “Pink Out” walk out Oct. 3 to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The Joint Commission’s second-annual fundraising campaign for Wellness House.

The Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization based in Oakbrook Terrace that accredits and certifies health care organizations, raised $3,100 for Wellness House last year. This year, The Joint Commission hopes to meet or go beyond that amount with a month of activities and opportunities to make an impact through donations. In just the first day of fundraising, $1,500 was collected for Wellness House.


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