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Attorney William J.P. Banks

William J.P. Banks

Partner

Practice Areas

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1975
  • DePaul University, B.A., 1971

Bar Admissions & Licenses

  • Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court

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 forupdating and rewriting the City of Chicago Zoning Ordinance. Since the Zoning Reform Commission completed its code overhaul, Bill has been contacted by governments from as far away as Ukraine, which are using Chicago’s new zoning laws as a model for their countries’ land development standards. In 2009, Bill retired from City government after serving 26 years as Alderman.

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.

  • 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
  • MORE THAN 600 AWARDS FOR PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACHIEVEMENTS
  • 2019 Leaders of Readers Award - Presented by the Freadom Road Foundation
  • 2016 Mental Health Champion Award - Presented by the Coalition to Save Our Mental Health Centers
  • 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 - resented 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