Park District Law

Park districts face varied and complex legal matters that extend well beyond the Park District Code and other local government statutes.  Robbins Schwartz, offers deep expertise in these areas of park district operations, including public finance, real estate, land use, capital project implementation, construction disputes, state and federal regulations, legislative affairs, intergovernmental cooperation and conflict, tax objections and assessment complaints, election law, ethics compliance, public-private partnerships, tort liability, tort immunity and risk management, contracts for services, goods and equipment, personnel policies, employment contracts and employment actions, grant compliance, constitutional issues and litigation in support of all of these areas. 

We also regularly apply our park district law experience, knowledge and skill to advise clients on compliance with the Park District Code, Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act, Local Records Act, and all other state and federal laws applicable to the operations of Illinois park districts.  Our attorneys assist park boards and park commissioners with board meeting procedures, boardsmanship, officer issues, board voting issues, decorum and other board matters.   

We are relationship builders—we have used our extensive experience to help park districts establish and maintain quality working relationships and partnerships with other government entities, community groups and the private sector. If your park district has a tough legal or political issue, there is a high probability we have encountered it before and are able to provide cost-effective help to solve it. We write thousands of opinions, ordinances, resolutions, code amendments, policies and other documents relevant to a park district’s operations every year.  Additionally, our attorneys assist park districts in establishing park district foundations and not-for-profit affiliated corporations to enable tax deductible fundraising for park and recreational purposes.   

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