Samuels Miller has many years of experience helping local government ensure that practices and procedures are in compliance with the provisions of the Illinois Municipal Code and case law interpretation.  Our goal is to help elected officials conduct board meetings correctly and to understand the roles, duties and functions of the various elected and appointed officials.  We advise local governments in the following areas:

  • Annexation
    We manage voluntary annexations and negotiate pre-annexation agreements with landowners.  Our attorneys are experienced in annexation disputes between municipalities and the negotiation of boundary line agreements.
  • Construction Law
    We are experienced in bidding problems, negotiation and enforcement of construction contracts, mechanics’ lien law and litigation related to these matters.  We assist clients in design/build contracts and design and management services agreements with architects and engineers.  Our attorneys have experience in dealing with prevailing wage and union issues and in implementing strategies for responding to union picketing of construction projects.
  • Election Law
    Our attorneys are experienced in resolving election disputes, objections to nominating petitions and advising local electoral boards who are conducting hearings in disputed elections.  We advise elected officials and candidates regarding conflict of interest and incompatibility issues.
  • Enforcement of Ordinances
    Samuels Miller is experienced in ordinance enforcement litigation, including land use controls, traffic control, environmental matters, building code enforcement and drainage issues.
  • Finance
    We are experienced in installment contract financing for the purchase of land, equipment and construction services. We have been on the leading edge of special statute sales tax financing and intergovernmental agreements to implement such financing.
  • Municipal Property/Condemnation
    We are experienced in the purchase and sale of municipal property by negotiation and by condemnation.  We negotiate the acquisition of easements for public works projects and are adept at negotiating with landowners.
  • Zoning and Land Use Planning
    Our attorneys are experienced in zoning and land use regulation beginning with the development of a comprehensive zoning plan to the enactment of zoning and subdivision ordinances.  We provide legal advice concerning all types of zoning, land use planning, special use permits, planned developments and tax incentive districts for developers, objectors, municipalities and owners.

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