Illinois Government and Municipal Practice

  • Our team provides value through hundreds of years of combined experience, daily representation of a broad and deep client base, and our practical knowledge of how government works.
  • We understand the needs and goals of both public and private sector clients.  With this understanding, we can find solutions to the complex challenges that are present in every significant land use matter.
  • Our clients benefit from our land use and local government experience and the cross-disciplinary capabilities of our firm in areas such as takings, telecommunications, public finance, taxation, federal budget and appropriations and public policy and construction law.

The Illinois Land Use and Local Government Team at Holland & Knight draws upon extensive experience in state and local government law and the related areas of land use law, environmental law, real estate law and litigation to efficiently manage your regional land use matters.

Broad Scope of Services Provides Thorough Guidance

Serving as a full-service Illinois municipal law firm, Holland & Knight’s Chicago office provides seasoned counsel on all aspects of local government law from planning to regulation to financing. Our team serves one of the largest municipal and local government client base of any firm in the state of Illinois, and represents more than 50 local Illinois municipalities in a general or special counsel capacity. We know and understand how local governments work, and regularly advise not only the elected officials and staffs of our municipal clients, but also all of their subsidiary municipal bodies as well. These include planning commissions, zoning boards of appeals, civil service commissions, fire and police commissions, library boards, design review commissions, and historic preservation commissions.

Our broad approach includes:

  • drafting cooperation agreements for sharing costs, services, and facilities with other units of state and local government
  • handling employment and labor relations matters including hiring and discipline, pension issues, and employee contract matters
  • structuring public finance transactions ranging from general obligation and revenue bond financings to financings involving public-private cooperation, such as special service areas, tax increment financing districts, tax-exempt industrial revenue bonds, and sales tax rebate arrangements
  • advising on all aspects of zoning, environmental, land use and annexation law, including drafting zoning and subdivision codes and regulations
  • negotiating complex annexation, development and redevelopment agreements; and providing project-level direction for a wide range of federal, state, county and municipal level entitlements
  • litigation in state and federal courts in Illinois and around the nation, including complex, multi-party, multi-issue land use disputes
  • Constitutional law litigation in federal courts including the First Amendment and RLUIPA, inverse condemnation, takings, and vested rights.
  • managing legislative and administrative issues – from personnel to environmental – including appearances before a variety of federal, state, regional, and intergovernmental agencies
  • counseling on environmental law issues such as sustainable and green development bonuses and certifications, contamination clean-up projects, underground storage tank removal projects, clean water issues and a variety of permitting issues

Informed Counsel From a Multisector Perspective

We can help assist you meet your land use goals by applying both practical know-how and an intimate, comprehensive knowledge of related local government and Illinois real estate law. Our representation of clients in both the private and public sectors statewide helps us understand varying perspectives. We can help work through the sensitivities of area land developers, as well as help protect local government policy objectives. From complex annexation and development agreements to new development and redevelopment agreements, our experienced team – including municipal attorneys and land use attorneys – is committed to serving your legal needs.

Benefit From Cross-Disciplinary Support

Governmental clients throughout the state tap on Holland & Knight’s strengths from across the firm, benefiting from the extensive resources of related practice areas including: eminent domain and inverse condemnation, taxation, telecommunications, federal appropriations and construction law, among others.

Statewide Representation

Holland & Knight's Illinois Land Use and Government Team represents numerous entities statewide, including the following:

Municipalities

  • Arlington Heights
  • Lemont
  • Barrington
  • Lincolnwood
  • Bartlett
  • Mapleton
  • Carpentersville
  • Mundelein
  • Crystal Lake
  • Niles
  • Des Plaines
  • Northbrook
  • Downers Grove
  • Oak Brook
  • Galesburg
  • Oak Park
  • Glencoe
  • Rockford
  • Grayslake
  • Riverwoods
  • Gurnee
  • Schaumburg
  • Highland Park
  • Skokie
  • Kenilworth
  • Tinley Park
  • La Grande
  • Wilmette
  • Lake Bluff
  • Winnetka

State of Illinois

  • Illinois Board of Higher
    Education
  • Illinois Emergency
    Management Agency
  • Illinois Department of Central Management Services
  • Illinois Finance
    Authority
  • Illinois Department of
    Revenue
  • Illinois State Board of
    Education
  • Illinois Department of
    Transportation
  • Illinois State Police
  • Illinois Division of
    Insurance
  • Illinois State Toll
    Highway Authority

Counties and Other Local Agencies

  • Board of Education of the
    City of Chicago
  • Lake County Forest
    Preserve District
  • Chicago Transit Authority
  • Lake County Public
    Building Commission
  • Chicago Metropolitan
    Agency for Planning
  • Northbrook Rural Fire
    Protection District
  • Illinois Medical District
  • Park District of Oak Park
  • Kenilworth Park
    District
  • St. Clair County Public
    Building Commission
  • Lake County