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

May 15 LCML Membership Meeting

Trends & Opportunities in Economic Development

The economy is trending upward and developers are choosing carefully where to invest. What are the driving factors to spur development and how can municipalities capitalize their existing assets to see development through while meeting the objectives of their community? Join the Urban Land Institute panel of real estate experts as they discuss the opportunities and challenges for Lake County.


Lance Ramella, SVP, John Burns Real Estate Consulting

Todd Burlinghoff, Partner, Hamilton Partners

Bridget Lane, Director, Business Districts, Incorporated

Michael Blue, Principal, TeskaAssociates

May 15, 2014

6:30PM Hors d’Oeuvres
7:00PM Program

Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center
6161 West Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL

$30 LCML members
$35 non-LCML members

Call (847) 270-3126 for more information or download the reservation form.

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.

2014 Hot Topics in Municipal Finance

Please join Lake County Partners and the Lake County Municipal League for a complimentary presentation on “Hot Topics in Municipal Finance for 2014.” A leading panel of attorneys and financial experts will discuss important financing issues confronting municipalities in this competitive environment.

Wednesday, February 19
7:30-8:00 am Breakfast/Network, 8:00-9:30 am Program with Q&A
University Center Conference Ctr., 1200 University Center Drive, Grayslake

Topics that will be addressed include:

  • Changing Roles for Counsel and Advisors
  • The SEC and Municipal Official’s Liability
  • Tax Law Continuing Compliance Issues
  • Options for funding sources
  • Managing public perception
  • Market update and critical factors: economic, credit availability, legislative and fiscal policy

Presenters include:

Scott Bremer, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP; Michael Zimmermann, Partner, Tressler LLP; and Todd Krzyskowski, Managing Director, Public Finance Department, Mesirow Financial, Inc.

Please RSVP to by Monday, February 17.

2014 Legislative Breakfast February 1

Join Lake County Municipal League and Barrington Area Council of Governments for their annual Legislative Breakfast on Saturday, February 1, at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:45 am, with the program to follow.

To register, use this handy registration form. Click here for the form.

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.