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Inland’s Goodwin gets lifetime service award

Daniel Goodwin, chairman and CEO of Inland Real Estate Group, was presented with the first Lifetime Achievement Award ever bestowed by Illinois Realtors, a century-old trade association with 44,000 members.

“Dan Goodwin is an example of that rare person who excels not only as a businessman, but also as a compassionate leader who is interested in helping others realize the dream of property ownership,” said Doug Carpenter, president of Illinois Realtors.

The award called attention to Goodwin’s key role in shaping housing policy at the local, state, and national levels. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner paid homage to Goodwin at the presentation, which was made at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

“He’s what Illinois is all about; he’s what America is all about,” Rauner said of Goodwin. “He built a great, successful business, but he’s very generous. He gives back to the community and he’s involved in making our community better in every regard. He’s a role model and an inspiration for everybody.”

Goodwin, a former Chicago public school teacher, founded Inland with fellow teachers and built it into one of the largest and most acquisitive real estate companies in the country. Inland has purchased and developed more than $44 billion in properties across 49 states.

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