Schain, Banks, Kenny & Schwartz, Ltd.
William J.P. Banks
Partner

William Banks counsels clients on matters relating to land use, zoning, real estate development, real estate tax reduction, litigation strategy, developer incentives and state, county and federal governmental relations and approvals.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Banks was Alderman of the 36th Ward, Chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Zoning, and Chairman of the Mayor’s Zoning Reform Commission which was responsible for updating and rewriting the City of Chicago Zoning Ordinance.   

Prior to his election as Alderman, Mr. Banks served as Chief Research Aide and Legal Counsel to U.S. Congressman Morgan F. Murphy.  Mr. Banks later handled over 10,000 cases in his position as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago.   

He is the former 36th Ward Democratic Committeeman and former Treasurer of the Cook County Democratic Party. 

He has won over 600 awards for civic and professional achievements.  

Practice areas:
Land use, zoning, real estate development, real estate tax reduction, litigation strategy, developer incentives and state, county and federal government relations and approvals.

Education:
JD, 1975, DePaul University College of Law
BA, 1971, DePaul University

Bar Admissions:
Illinois
United States Supreme Court

Professional and Civic Affiliations:
Chicago Bar Association
A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education (A.B.A.T.E), Chicago Chapter
The Belmont Central Chamber of Commerce
Blue Ribbon Commission of the Chicago Coalition to Save our Mental Health Centers
The District Council for the Boy Scouts of America
The Fraternal Order of Police
The Galewood-Montclare Community Organization
The Joint Civic Committee of Italian-Americans
The Justinian Society of Lawyers
The North Austin Business Association
The Montclare-Elmwood Park Chamber of Commerce
The Polish National Alliance

HONORS AND AWARDS - MORE THAN 600 AWARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACHIEVEMENTS:

September 9, 2009 Congratulatory Resolution - Passed by Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicago City Council in recognition of Mr. Banks’ retirement from City Council
July 28, 2009 Recognition in the Congressional Record - Presented by Congressman Michael Quigley in a speech before the United States Congress honoring Mr. Banks’ retirement from Chicago’s City Council
2006 Recognition Award for Veterans’ Rights Work - Presented by the Secretary of the U.S. Army
2006 Presidents Community Service Award - Presented by the Chicago Association of Realtors in recognition of his dedicated efforts to reform Chicago's Zoning Ordinance.
2005 Friends of Downtown Award- Best Planning Document of the Year - Presented by the Friends of Downtown in recognition of Alderman Banks' leadership in rewriting the City's Zoning Code
2005 Person of the Year Award - Presented by the Illinois Political Fund
2005 Person of the Year Award - Presented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union
2004 Recognition in the Congressional Record - Presented by Congressman Rahm Emmanuel and approved by the United States Congress for achievement in rewriting the Chicago Zoning Ordinance
2004 President's Award - Presented by Local 150 and the International Union of Operating Engineers
2004 Mentor Award - Presented by the Justinian Society of Lawyers
2004 Leonardo DaVinci Award - Presented by the Sons of Italy
2001 Recognition Award - Presented in recognition of Alderman Banks' continued support for the veteran's community
2000 Recognition Award - Presented by the Festival of Chefs, an organization aiding disabled individuals
2000 Recognition Award - Presented by the United States Marine Corps for organization and participation in the Toys for Tots program
1999 Recognition Award - Presented by the United States Marine Corps for organization and participation in the Toys for Tots program
1998 Recognition Award - Presented by the United States Marine Corps for organization and participation in the Toys for Tots program
1997 Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Public Service - Presented by the Knights of Columbus
1996 Public Service Award - Presented by the 25th Police District Steering Committee, the North Austin Business Association, and the Northwest Neighborhood Foundation
1995 Public Service Award - Presented by the 25th Police District Steering Committee, the North Austin Business Association, and the Northwest Neighborhood Foundation
1994 Public Service Award - Presented by the 25th Police District Steering Committee, the North Austin Business Association, and the Northwest Neighborhood Foundation
1994 Recognition Award - Presented by the Chicago Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America
1994 Public Service Award - Presented by the Northwest Neighborhood Federation
1994 Outstanding Public Service Award - Presented by the 25th Police District for fighting crime on Harlem Avenue in the 36th Ward
1994 Service Award for Community Service in Fighting Crime - An award rarely given to political figures presented by the 25th District Beat Representative Program
1991 Award of Excellence - Presented by the Justinian Society of Italian American Lawyers
1991 Award for Cooperation with the Police - Presented by the Commander of the 25th Police District for cooperation with law enforcement in furtherance of community law
1990 Honorary Chairman - Presented by the Villa Scalabrini Golf Outing
1990 Named 25th District Beat Representative - Alderman Banks was named as a 25th Police District Beat Representative
1986 Ray Sweitzer Community Service Award - Presented by the Northwest Neighborhood Foundation - this award is the highest recognition ever given by the Northwest Neighborhood Federation and the first of its kind
1986 One Man Makes a Difference Award - Save Our Neighborhoods, Save Our City Coalition
1985 Man of the Year Award - Presented by the Italian-American Police Association
1983 Man of the Year - Presented by the West Suburban Chapter of Unico, an Italian-American Civic Organization
1979 President's Award - Presented by the North River Commission for the prosecution of neglectful landlords in the Albany Park area