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The Influence Game:
An Insider Report on Springfield and Smart Strategies for the Next Session

The Manning Bill, LGDF, Pensions, Ticket Quotas, Sales Taxes, Cupcakes… What really happened in Springfield? How will these actions impact municipalities? How can municipalities influence Springfield?

Join the Lake County Municipal League as we answer these questions, review the legislative session and hear from a distinguished panel of experts.

Joe Schatteman will open our meeting with a report on Springfield. Mr. Schatteman is the Deputy Legislative Director for the Illinois Municipal League. For two decades he has been working in Springfield in areas of municipal concern.  He is an expert in municipal policy and legislative strategy. He also has extensive experience moving (or killing) bills though the legislative process.  Throughout his career, he has focused on protecting municipal authority, stopping mandates and protecting and defending against threats to municipal revenue.  This year, he was instrumental in the passage of HB 961 – LGDF Direct Deposit.

A panel discussion will follow with retired legislators Sid Mathias, Susan Garrett, Dan Pierce, and Kathy Ryg who will provide forthright insight on making an impact in Springfield.

Please join us!

Thursday, July 17, 2014
6:30 p.m. Hors D’Oeuvres in the Grove Room and outdoor patio
7:00 p.m. Program in the Grove Room

The Grove Country Club
3217 R.F.D.
Long Grove , IL 60047

$25 Early bird registration (by July 4)
$30 LCML Members
$35 Non LCML

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Against the Wind: Finding Opportunities in a Changing Real Estate Environment

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The Westin O’Hare
6100 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

The economy is in full recovery mode, right? Well not all suburban real estate markets are feeling the wind at their back. The demographics show little or no population growth, a difficult tax environment, and political uncertainty. Come and hear these top real estate executives discuss how they find opportunities and successful strategies within the Chicago suburbs in various target markets of retail, hospitality, multi-family, medical office, and others.

Steve Friedman, President, SB Friedman Development Advisors

Grady Hamilton, Principal, Trammell Crow Company
Michelle Panovich, Principal, Mid-America Asset Management, Inc.
Randy Tieman, Director of Real Estate Development, Mortenson Development

Schedule of Events
4:00 p.m. – Registration & Networking
4:30 p.m. – Program
5:15 p.m. – Q & A
5:30 p.m. – Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
6:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Registration Fees*

*Special discounted pricing below is available to
May 15, 2014 Lake County Municipal League meeting attendees only.

Municipal Officials – $15

Non Municipal Officials – $60

More information here

Membership + Event Bundle – Join ULI and register at the same time.

Associate – $490

Government, nonprofit, or academic – $230

Under 35 – $255

Student – $128

March 20 LCML Membership Meeting

The March 20 LCML Membership Meeting will give you an opportunity to learn how to communicate with your constituents more often and more effectively, using the latest in technology and social media. Stay ahead of the newest technology and social trends, and focus on how to incorporate those new features into a municipality or official’s existing communication strategy.

Get Connected to Your Residents

Featured speaker Emily McMahon
Constituent Consultants

Thursday, March 20

Doubletree Hotel in Mundelein, 510 Route 83
6:30 pm hors d’ouevres
7:00 pm program
Cost is $30 for LCML members;
$35 for non-LCML members.

Please RSVP to Chris Gentes at
(847) 270-3126 or by March 17

Click here for a registration form.

Bid Tabs Available for Co-Op Program

Bid tabs for crack sealing, pavement marking and street sweeping for the 2014 LCML Cooperative Purchasing Program are available. Go to the Bid Document tab for details. Preconstruction meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 18 at 9:00 am in the Round Lake Beach Village Hall lower level conference room.

2014 LCML Cooperative Purchasing Program

The 2014 LCML Cooperative Purchasing Program bid documents are available for crack sealing, pavement patching and street sweeping. If there is enough interest, pavement patching and tree maintenance will be offered as well. Click on the Bid Document tabs on the home page for the links.

If you know any vendors that might be interested, please let them know about the bid documents. They can access the documents at

Sealed bid packets are due Wednesday, February 26, by 5:00 pm at the LCML office in the Round Lake Beach Village Hall, 1937 Municipal Way. They will be opened publicly on Thursday, February 27 at 10:00 am in the LCML office.

Location Change for Annual Banquet

Due to unforeseen circumstance the LCML Annual Banquet (still on Thursday, November 14) will be held at Hawthorn Woods Country Club, 1 Tournament Drive North, Hawthorn Woods. Cash bar at 6:00 pm dinner at 7:00 pm. Entree choices will stay the same. Sorry for any inconvenience.

2013 The Cutting Edge Program

Did your community implement a program, policy or procedure that successfully meets the needs or challenges of the community in a cost-effective way? Tell us about it in The Cutting Edge application. The program need not be initiated in 2013 to qualify. For more information and an application, click the links.

The Cutting Edge winner will be announced at the November 14 LCML Annual Banquet.

Blue Ribbon Advisory Council Meets on Rt. 53

The Blue Ribbon Advisory Council (BRAC) met on Tuesday, September 17, to discuss future plans for the Route 53/ Route 120 project. Tollway Director Kristi Lafleur said, “Our next step is to establish a more detailed understanding of how to fund, build, operate and maintain the type of roadway the Council has recommended.”

Two committees have been formed: Finance and Land Use. The Finance Committee will consider detailed project information from the feasibility analysis to develop a financing strategy for the project. Ultimately, the Finance Committee will seek to answer the questions

  • Is the project feasible?
  • Should the Tollway build the project?

Its work will be the basis to develop a recommendation to the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors as to whether the Tollway should continue to move forward with the project. Communities in the direct path of the corridor will have a representative on the Finance Committee.

The Land Use Committee will develop a corridor-wide land use plan that feeds into the Tollway’s analysis and
establishes an integrated strategy for land use, transportation and economic development in the corridor.

Committees will meet quarterly and the BRAC will meet again in late spring/ early summer 2014, with the final reports to be presented to the Tollway by the end of 2014. For more information go to click here.

Great Day on the Golf Course

It was a great day for a golf outing at the Deerfield Golf Course. Check out the photos on the Photo Gallery page. Thanks to all the sponsors for their continued support.

Major Sponsors
Lunch Sponsor – Mesirow Financial
Dinner Sponsor – ComEd
Gift Sponsor – Comcast
Golf Ball Sponsor – CDM Smith
Beverage Tickets Sponsor – Groot
Helicopter Ball Drop Sponsor – Clarke
$10,000 Hole in One Challenger – Country Financial
Active Hole Sponsors – Call One, HR Green and USAgain

Hole sponsors
Aqua Illinois
Baxter & Woodman
Bill Balling, WRB, LLC
Christopher Burke Engineering
Ehlers & Associates
FGM Architects
S.B. Friedman Company
Magna Law
Manhard Consulting
RHMG Engineering
Speer Financial
Tressler LLP
Trotter & Associates
Union Pacific

Goody bag and raffle items were donated by Ancel Glink, Added Incentives, Comcast, Glenview Park District, Groot, Highland Park Country Club, IMET, Park District of Highland Park, Quarles, Village of Buffalo Grove, Village of Hawthorn Woods, Village of Wadsworth and Windsor Outdoor.

Thanks also to volunteers Diane Emerson (ComEd), Kelly Stanger (HR Green), Meghan Michel (Trotter & Associates), Deb Finn (Baxter & Woodman), Denise and Bill Gentes.

Department of Labor FAQs Regarding Landscaping

The Department of Labor has issued Frequently Asked Questions and Answers clarifying that landscaping work, including tree removal, when not conducted as part of another construction project, is exempt from prevailing wage requirements. Of special note is Question #6. The department has clarified that removal of diseased, damaged or hazardous trees when not associated with worked covered by the Prevailing Wage Act, is exempt from prevailing wage requirements.