Whether we are serving as Village Attorney to handle day to day municipal matters or are retained as special counsel to handle a specific complex matter, the Schain Banks municipal practice group counsels local governments on a wide range of legal issues, exercising our experience with the private and public sector to provide our municipal clients with the expertise they need to advance their municipal goals.
Our attorneys understand the dynamics of the day to day operations of a municipality and the many roles and responsibilities required of their municipal attorney. Our municipal responsibilities have included advising Mayors, elected boards and managers on solving problems and addressing issues to ensure effective and efficient operations of the municipality.
Our municipal practice group counsels municipalities on wide a range of issues facing them including, but not limited to, legislation, land use issues, civil rights, condemnation, contract disputes, construction defects, intergovernmental agreements, property acquisitions, transportation, liquor licensing, environmental remediation, water and sewer agreements, Open Meetings Act issues, Freedom of Information Act requests, drafting of Municipal Codes and Text Amendments, and Federal, State and local statutory interpretations.
The Schain Banks municipal practice group provides expert counsel on special municipal financing incentive techniques, such as tax increment financing (TIF) districts, business districts and special service areas (SSA).
Our attorneys represent a number of Illinois municipalities on sales tax issues. Our representation has included the drafting of sales tax laws and working with legislators and state legislative staff on sales tax issues that affect units of local government. We work with local governmental staff and elected officials to help them better understand the impact of changes in the tax laws on local government budgets.
Schain Banks’s municipal law attorneys have been retained by numerous governmental agencies to serve as special counsel on a variety of issues, including legislative initiatives.