Matthew W. Beaudet is the First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Buildings. He has taught administrative law at the National Judicial College, chaired the Chicago Bar Association’s Administrative Law and Administrative Law Judges committees, and served on the board of the Illinois Association of Administrative Law Judges. He is a citizen and elder of the Montauk Tribe of Indians and serves as legal counsel to the tribe, and is also a Cofounder and Past President of the Illinois Native American Bar Association. Mr. Beaudet received his B.S. from Loyola University Chicago and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and has also studied law at Oxford University and Unversitat Salzburg.
Ernest R. Blomquist, III, is a Senior Partner at Massucci, Blomquist, Anderson & Dunnin Arlington Heights, where he concentrates his practice in criminal litigation and DUI matters. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, a member of the Western Illinois University School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Administration, and a lecturer at the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada, Reno. Mr. Blomquist has been named Illinois Crime Commission Municipal Attorney Man of the Year, he received the IICLE® Addis Hull Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education, and he received the Highest Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review. Mr. Blomquist received his B.A. from Western Illinois University, did postgraduate studies at Northeastern Illinois University Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education, and received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Hon. Mathias W. Delort is Presiding Justice of the Fifth Division of the Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District, and began service on that court following his election in 2012. He was an associate judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County from 2007 to 2012, serving almost exclusively assigned to the Chancery Division. He has also served as an adjunct professor at The UIC John Marshall Law School. He was a Partner and head of the Local Government Practice Group at Robbins Schwartz, focusing on local government and election law. In that role, he represented numerous Illinois municipalities and other governmental bodies for over 20 years. He is the primary author of the Mortgage Foreclosure Bench Book published by the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts. As a practicing attorney, he earned the distinction of being named a “Super Lawyer” and a “Leading Lawyer” in the field of cities and municipalities law and as a Local Government Fellow by the International Municipal Lawyers Association. He is the Past Chair of the Constitutional, Election, and Local Government Law Committees of the Chicago Bar Association and is a former member of its Board of Managers. Before being admitted to the bar, he worked on the professional staffs of both the Illinois House of Representatives and the Cook County Board of Commissioners. He has received the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services “Court of Honor” award in recognition of his work as a trial court judge, the Judge Howard Markey award for outstanding judicial service from The UIC John Marshall Law School, and the Robert J. Mangler Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association. He earned his B.S. cum laude from DePaul University, his M.P.A. (Pi Alpha Alpha honor society) from the University of Illinois, and his J.D. from The UIC John Marshall Law School, where he received the Dean’s Academic Scholarship.
Stewart H. Diamond is a Partner at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago where he concentrates his practice in representation of local governmental bodies. Mr. Diamond is the originating General Editor of the IICLE® handbooks MUNICIPAL LAW AND PRACTICE IN ILLINOIS and ILLINOIS SCHOOL LAW and has participated in numerous seminars on these subjects. He is one of the authors of the ILLINOIS MUNICIPAL HANDBOOK, published by the Illinois Municipal League. He is also one of the authors of THE HANDBOOK ON ILLINOIS PARK DISTRICT LAW, published by the Illinois Association of Park Districts, and a handbook on township law. He has written many articles on local government law. He drafted one of the first contract and bylaws agreements for a comprehensive intergovernmental self-insurance pool in the United States and currently represents a large number of intergovernmental self-insurance pools. He has taught municipal law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and is a Past Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Local Government Law Section Council. He is the author of DIAMOND’S RULES OF ORDER,a set of parliamentary rules for governmental bodies and private organizations. In over 50 years of law practice, he has represented, as regular or special counsel, many governmental bodies in the Chicago metropolitan area and in other parts of the state. Mr. Diamond was educated at the University of Chicago, where he received both his A.B. and his J.D., and University College, Oxford, England.
Mark R. Heinle is an associate at Ancel, Glink, P.C., in Naperville, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of local government law, land use, zoning, economic development, licensing, and code enforcement. Mr. Heinle is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations and Former Chair of the CBA’s Local Government Committee. He received his B.A. cum laude from Marquette University and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Margaret Kostopulos is a Partner at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago, where she focuses on labor and employment law and school law. She is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations and the Illinois Council of School Attorneys. She is a member of the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association and has conducted training programs before IPELRA and other state associations on Illinois labor law issues. She has been named by Chicago Magazine and Illinois Super Lawyers as one of the top labor and employment lawyers in the state. Ms. Kostopulos received her B.A. from Loyola University and her J.D. from The UIC John Marshall Law School.
Keri-Lyn J. Krafthefer is an Equity Partner at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago, where she focuses on local government law, election law, and labor and employment law. She was named by Chicago Magazine as one of the top 50 female attorneys in the State of Illinois; one of the top 10 Leading Lawyers in government, municipal, and administrative law; and an Illinois Super Lawyer. Ms. Krafthefer received her B.A. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from The UIC John Marshall Law School.
Ronald J. Kramer is a Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago, representing management in labor and employment law matters. He is a member of the American, Illinois State, and Chicago Bar Associations. He is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Government Operations Committee. He has spoken at numerous conferences regarding labor issues and has written for a variety of journals. Mr. Kramer received his B.A. magna cum laude from Michigan State University and his J.D. with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Bernard Z. Paul is in private practice in DeKalb, where he concentrates his practice in municipal law. He represents and has represented numerous cities and villages and other units of local government. He is a member of the American and Illinois State Bar Associations, a former Chair of the ISBA Administrative Law Section Council, and a former Chair of the Illinois Municipal League Committee of Home Rule Attorneys. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Enza Petrarca is the Village Attorney for the Village of Downers Grove. Prior to being appointed Village Attorney, she served as the Assistant Village Attorney for Downers Grove and was an associate with Scariano, Himes and Petrarca. She is a Past President of the Illinois Institute of Local Government and is a member of the Illinois Municipal League Home Rule Attorneys Committee. Ms. Petrarca received both her undergraduate degree and her J.D. from Loyola University.
James J. Powers is a Partner at Clark Baird Smith LLP in Rosemont, where he focuses on labor and employment law. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Editor of the monthly newsletter and frequent speaker for the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association. Mr. Powers received his B.A. with distinction from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was valedictorian, Order of the Coif, and wrote for the Law Review.
James D. Rock is an associate at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago, where he focuses on local government, municipalities, special districts, and schools. His extensive background in governmental finance and his former administrative experience with the College of Lake County and Round Lake Area Park District are valuable components of his representation of public bodies. He counsels clients on issues that arise in day-to-day representation, including matters related to board practices and procedures, finance, grant procurement, First Amendment issues, and intergovernmental cooperation. Mr. Rock received his B.S. from Central Michigan University, his M.A. from Northern Illinois University, and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
John J. Zimmermann is an affiliate of Tressler LLP in Chicago. He has represented municipalities throughout his professional career and has served as the attorney for several municipalities. He is a charter member and former Chair of the Illinois Municipal League and a Cofounder and Director of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Local Government Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association and a member of Local Government Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Zimmermann received his B.A. from DePaul University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.