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Illinois Realtors employee using her voice to create change throughout the Stateline

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Inspiring 815 Neeley Erickson

(WREX) — Neeley Erickson believes in advocacy for all.

As long as she can remember, she has wanted to help everyone have a voice for what is important to them.

"I understand the importance of government at both the local and state level," Erickson said. "At the local level, we see that individuals aren't so much involved in discussions that go on that effect them the most in their everyday life."

After six years working with Illinois State Representative Joe Sosnowski, Erickson took a job with the Illinois Realtors Association.

It's now giving her the chance to use her voice as a voice for others.

"When I had an opportunity to use any of my skills to help engage individuals to make a change and to drive that, Illinois Realtors really set me on the pace to be able to do that," Erickson said.

Erickson's impact has spread well across the 815 over the last two years.

From volunteering with the Share the Warmth event in Rockford all the way down to helping the Village of Nora find funding to build a new park for kids.

"There was the Unity Mural down in DeKalb and the Toddler Garden focused on cognitive brain development from birth to five years old," Erickson said.

"In Marengo, we were able to be connected with Paddle the Kish which is looking to create inlets to be able to access canoes and paddling."

The list goes on and on.

Erickson sees her involvement as a personal gain as well as a professional win.

She wants to show people realtors can be reliable resources for help to get you connected with the right people to make change.

The ultimate goal for Erickson is to make our community a better place to call home for everyone who lives and will live here.

"It's about providing that future positivity for generations to come. I think that's what attracts people to locations where they want to live."

Erickson is dedicated to creating a vibrant future for the Stateline area.

If you know anyone else who shares that love and dedication for our home, you can fill out a nomination form here or reach out to

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Evan Leake

Evan Leake anchors for 13 News Today and 13 News at Noon. Evan grew up in Darien, Illinois, a south-west suburb of Chicago. He came to WREX in 2017 and worked his way to the anchor desk in May of 2019. He coordinates both the Teacher of the Week and Inspiring 815 series for 13 News. You can connect with Evan at or Evan Leake on Facebook.

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