LOCATION: Primo's • 720 Milwaukee Ave • Gurnee


LCPIA meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

There are up to two Featured Business Member (FBM) presentations per meeting. FBM presentations are limited to ten-minutes each.


Meeting Registration, Food Service and Networking 6 - 6:30 P.M. Meeting begins at 6:30 P.M.


Free admission to members; $15.00 for non-members.

No advance registration required; pay at the door. Your RSVP on meetup is appreciated to help gauge attendance.


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Monday, May 8

Lou Manfredini

WGN AM 720 Radio’s Mr. Fix-It &
host of
Housesmarts on WGNTV


Since 1995, Lou Manfredini has developed a loyal following nationwide who have grown to rely upon his entertaining mix of practical, useful and valuable home improvement advice.  He began his media career when WGN-AM Radio 720 Chicago launched his idea of a home improvement call-in radio show.  Today, over 20 years later, the Mr. Fix-It program is still the number one Saturday morning radio program in Chicago.   He also is a regular contributor to NBC's Today Show, host of the nationally syndicated television show HouseSmarts, host of 77-WABC’s HouseSmarts Radio and serves as Ace Hardware’s Home Expert.


From early on, houses and the art of building captivated Lou.  As a teen, the Chicago-area native went to work at a local hardware store to learn about housing structures, the tools of building and home improvement projects. Later, during high school, he decided to put what he had learned to practical use and began working as a carpenter’s apprentice. Then, in 1987, Manfredini ventured out on his own and launched a construction company. He not only built and renovated people’s homes; he gave people a better understanding of how their homes worked.


Manfredini is a nationally recognized do- it-yourself (DIY) expert, sought after for his expertise and his energetic, entertaining style. In addition to his media engagements, Manfredini owns two ACE Hardware stores, keeping him up-to-date on the homebuilding industry’s latest trends and technology. He lives in Chicago with his wife and four children.

June 13

Purchasing Tax Deeds
for Big Profits

Emmett McCarthy and John Stanko

Flamm Teibloom Stanko & McCarthy Ltd.


Emmett McCarthy was born on the south side of Chicago and attended Mt. Carmel High School. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and received his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. While at DePaul, Emmett received the CALI Award for Legal Ethics and was an Editor for the DePaul Environmental Law Digest. He has spoken at seminars for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association. He is past Chair of the Real Estate Taxation Committee and the Tax Sale and Tax Deed Subcommittee of the Chicago Bar Association, and has also served as Legislative Liaison for those committees. Emmett joined the firm in 2002 and has been a partner since 2007. He has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.


Emmett’s primary practice areas are real estate tax sales and tax deeds, real estate tax sale certificate assignments, real estate tax redemption, indemnity fund claims, retroactive and alternative real estate tax relief, real estate tax exemptions, sheriff levy sales; medical malpractice and personal injury claims; business and real estate transactions and other areas of civil litigation. He has handled numerous Cook County Indemnity Fund cases involving residential, income, commercial and industrial properties and obtained judgments exceeding $1 million for owners, contract purchasers, heirs, and lien holders, including mortgage companies. Per Public Act 97-557 and Section 21-305 of the Property Tax Code, a petition for indemnity must be filed within 10 years after the date the tax deed was issued.


John Stanko graduated from St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN) in 1985 and The John Marshall Law School (Chicago) in 1988. He is a past Chair and legislative liaison of the Real Estate Taxation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. John has written and has spoken at many seminars regarding real estate tax sales and tax deed proceedings for the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal education and legal as well as financial institution platforms. John has been a court-appointed expert witness in litigation involving the Illinois Property Tax Code.


Before joining Flamm Teibloom Stanko & McCarthy Ltd., and becoming a partner, John spent 12 years as Corporate Counsel for two of the largest tax purchasers in Illinois, the last three years as Lead General Counsel. John has written legal opinion letters relating to the Illinois Property Tax Code for financial institutions and investors. John’s practice is concentrated in real estate taxation, tax sale, tax deed and indemnity litigation in addition to commercial and residential real estate transactions and real estate litigation.


John’s clientele in tax sale and tax deed litigation ranges from private investors to large corporate tax purchasers and servicing agents as well as private property owners, mortgage companies, banks, title companies and municipalities.

July 11

Saving on Energy Costs

Franklin Energy


Purchasing Strategy





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