While there are some commonalities among the states regarding how annexations occur, the devil is in the details.
Whenever dealing with local governments, it is essential to bear in mind that local governments operate in the context of constitutional and statutory limitations on and grants of authority. Because legislative bodies have the inherent ability to amend laws subject to constitutional limitations, there is always the risk of shifting sands in the legislative landscape. This white paper reviews how this is particularly true in the annexation context.
Founding Partner of Filippini Law Firm after having served as Illinois local government/real estate practice group leader at a 1000+ attorney international law firm
Practice emphasizes land use, development, and local government law and finance, having worked on hundreds of developments and achieving positive results, whether in the board room, in the court room, or at the negotiating table
Frequently conducts seminars and writes articles on a variety of land use matters including annexation, zoning, constitutional land use issues, RLUIPA, subdivision, building, historic preservation, architectural review, public financing options for development, and zoning litigation, as well as various local governmental law topics
Adjunct professor of law teaching land use, state and local government, and development law at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law
Co-author of Illinois Jurisprudence, Municipal Law, Annexations, Consolidations, and Transfer of Territory (1st Ed.)
J.D. degree, cum laude, University of Michigan Law School; A.B. degree, magna cum laude, Harvard College; Northwestern University, School of Professional Studies, Mediation Certification
Recognized by: The Best Lawyers in America; Best Law Firms in America; Super Lawyers; Leading Lawyers Network; Chambers USA; ALM’s Legal Leaders Top Rated Lawyer; recipient of Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, 2016 Litigation Award