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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, September 15-17, 2011

Local government officials from across the state will be in Chicago for the Illinois Municipal League’s annual conference. Don’t miss the following two sessions at which I am a panelist:
Zoning Hearings 10 Years After Klaeren, September 17, 2011, 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Ten years after the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in the Klaeren case and five years after the General Assembly enacted legislation in response to that case, municipalities have been provided additional statutory powers to manage their public hearings concerning zoning. What is the extent of this new authority and how does it affect the due-process rights of participants? This session will provide a background on the new authority given to municipalities and will provide tips on designing procedures for conducting zoning hearings.

Council Wars and Power Plays: How to Avoid them and How To Survive Them, September 17, 2011, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Are you finding a lack of “fun” in your council’s dysfunction? Nobody benefits when a board is in crisis except the lawyers. This 2-part session will examine challenging board dynamics and relationships, discuss which officers have which powers, discuss strategy options, deployment tactics, mediation opportunities, and peaceful solutions. The second hour will be a review and refresher of fundamental municipal laws and procedures related to board and committee meetings, voting and veto tactics, parliamentary matters, conflicts, and related issues. Bring your questions.


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