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April 2021 | Volume 14 - Number 3

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Peter J. Birnbaum photo photoWe’re heading into the second quarter of 2021 with high hopes and deep gratitude. Rates are still low. Closing volume looks to be the strongest we have seen in several years. As more people are vaccinated and restrictions in some areas are lifted, parts of life seem almost normal.

We appreciate your cooperation as we continue to follow CDC guidelines in our offices and offer COVID-safe spaces for closings.

Keep reading to see more about some recent good news at ATG:


  • Being included on the Crain’s Chicago Business list of Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies;
  • Offering a new closing office in Lake Forest; and
  • Reaffirming our financial rating of A’ Unsurpassed from Demotech.

None of the above would be possible with our attorney agents and other customers, we appreciate your business and ongoing loyalty. And speaking of great ATG attorney agents, be sure to read Frank Pellegrini's article about home title fraud, Stealing House? I learned a few things—I hope you will, too!

Peter J. Birnbaum
ATG President and CEO

ATG Makes Crain's Chicago Business 2021 List of Chicago's Largest Privately Held Companies

For the sixth consecutive year, ATG made the prestigious Crain's Chicago Business list of Chicago's Largest Privately Held Companies, published in its April 19, 2021, issue, based on 2020 revenue. We are grateful to our loyal and hardworking member agents, other customers, and our knowledgeable and dedicated staff. Read more...
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ATG AGENTS | Underwriters' Bulletin

Hot Topic

Stealing House? — Like wire fraud, home-title fraud is on the rise. There are paid fraud-monitoring services available for registered homeowners, but more than half of Illinois' 102 counties offer it for free. Read more from our colleague and friend, attorney Frank Pellegrini.

ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes

Real Estate and Title Insurance News

Water Bills for Non-Metered Accounts in Chicago Now Monthly


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  • 5/5 | Condominium Deconversion: What is it and How Does it Work? | 1.50 MCLE
    Learn the details and potential issues for advising investor-clients buying or selling condos to change them to rentals, or unit-owner clients facing deconversion. Who Should Attend: ATG Illinois agents; Illinois real estate attorneys (More Details/Register).

For a full list of 24/7 programs, see Upcoming Programs and our extensive OnDemand CLE catalog. Programs are FREE for all attendees.

REMINDERS | Cyber Crime and Wire Fraud Support

Our industry is under constant assault by criminal elements trying to steal closing funds, identities, and more. ATG has provided downloads, notices, tutorials, and more to help you protect yourself from their attacks and the damage they leave in their wake (learn more).


Richard L. Thies photoRichard L. Thies
Longtime Colleague, Founding Member, and Friend
November 7, 1931 – April 10, 2021

The legal profession lost a great leader in Richard L. Thies of Urbana, earlier this month. In a note to ATG friends and colleagues ATG President Peter Birnbaum said, "With sadness I learned today of the passing of Urbana attorney Richard L. Thies, an early law partner of our founder, Stanley B. Balbach, and longtime ATG supporter...." Read more...


ATG Opening Lake Forest Office in May | New closing space for our Northshore area agents and clients.
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Demotech Reaffirms ATG's Top Rating in 2021 | Achieved every year since 1995.
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Memorial Day | ATG offices will be closed May 31 — see our 2021 corporate holiday calendar.
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