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Kathleen Elliott

Of Counsel, Lisle Office

ph: 630-929-3639

Practice Areas: Election, Land Use, Local Government

Kathleen Elliott

Kathleen Elliott is an accomplished attorney with a distinguished record in local government law. Her working local government law spans a wide range of areas, including drafting ordinances, Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act compliance, board governance, contracts, intergovernmental agreements, annexation, zoning, planning, development and redevelopment, finance, and personnel matters.

Kathleen’s approach to her legal practice is characterized by proactive guidance, aimed at preventing issues before they occur. She excels in direct communication and is a skilled problem solver, ensuring her clients’ best interests are safeguarded.

In addition to her legal pursuits, Kathleen actively contributes to her community. She holds the position of President on the Board of Directors at Heart Haven Outreach, a testament to her strong commitment to community service. Beyond her legal and community involvement, Kathleen finds solace and expression in art and jewelry making, a reflection of her creative spirit that enriches her holistic approach to life.

Awards

  • Recognition Award for Service as Chairman of the IML Home Rule Attorneys Committee, Illinois Municipal League
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Government Relations Law
  • “Distinguished” Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University
  • B.A., Drake University

Admitted to Practice

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals  for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois

Organizations

  • Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, Board of Directors
  • Illinois Municipal League, Home Rule Attorneys Committee, Chair 2016-present, Public Health & Safety Committee, Public Works & Transportation Policy Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Local Government Law section
  • Will County Bar Association

Recent Publications

  • “What Can We as Local Government Lawyers Do in These Troubled Times?” Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association Journal (2021)
  • “Variations, Special Uses, and Appeals from Administrative Decisions,” Land Use Law (Illinois), IICLE (2010, Supp. 2013, 2017)
  • “Municipal Litigation,” Illinois Municipal Law: Contracts, Litigation, and Home Rule, IICLE (2012, 2015)
  • “Public Water Districts,” Special Districts, IICLE (2014)
  • “Variations, Special Uses, and Appeals from Administrative Decisions,” Land Use Law (Illinois), IICLE (2010 and Supp. 2013)
  • “Guide to Illinois Sunshine Laws,” Illinois Association of Park Districts (2012, 2017 revised edition)
  • “Park Districts,” Special Districts, IICLE (2009 and Supp. 2011)