McHenry County

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Schlossberg Appointed to ISBA Local Government Section

Ruth Alderman Schlossberg has been appointed to the Local Government Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Schlossberg is one of 30 attorneys on the council, but the only lawyer in private practice in McHenry County, Illinois. Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle is the county’s largest law firm.

Schlossberg has practiced law for more than 20 years and has focused on local government law since 2003 for cost-conscious clients in McHenry and Lake counties. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Schlossberg also studied at the London School of Economics. She earned a juris doctor from Yale Law School.

According to the ISBA, the Local Government Law Section Council’s mission is to:

  • enhance the knowledge and professional capabilities of lawyers who devote time to the practice of the law relating to units of local government.
  • disseminate information and comment on legislative and judicial developments and their impact on units of local government.
  • make recommendations on legislation.
  • develop and communicate ideas to improve the functioning of units of local government.

With Richard G. Flood, Schlossberg co-authored the book Congratulations! You’ve Been Elected: Now What Do You Do? A Practical Guide to Local Government. The guide, published by the Illinois Municipal League, offers local public officials advice to help them “hit the ground running” and succeed in new leadership positions.

For Schlossberg’s professional credentials, please view Ruth Alderman Schlossberg’s biography. You may also wish to view her Illinois Municipal League conference video presentation, delivered with ZRFM local government law attorneys Richard G. Flood and Kelly A. Cahill

More information about the council can be found on the ISBA Local Government Law Section Council website.

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Bull Valley Annexes Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus

A group of residents of a formerly unincorporated area of Bull Valley and Loyola University Chicago recently entered into an agreement with the village of Bull Valley. The resulting order annexes what now is known as the Loyola University Chicago Retreat and Ecology Campus into the village.

The residents had filed a petition in the Circuit Court of McHenry County in 2009 before Loyola bought the 98-acre property in 2010. The village approached Loyola outside the courtroom and suggested entering into the voluntary annexation agreement. The pact ended the litigation and allowed the residents who initially filed the petition to become residents of Bull Valley as well.

Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle partner Michael J. Smoron is corporate counsel to the village of Bull Valley. His practice focuses primarily on land use and local government law.

Aside from the property’s use as a retreat, the campus boasts prairie, woodlands, oak savannah and wetlands that serve the university’s ecology and biology curricula. The school held summer sessions at the campus after reaching the agreement.

Bull Valley has publicly expressed its appreciation toward Loyola for its commitment to preserving the village’s environment. Loyola pledged to help neighbors maintain ecologically sensitive lands and to assist McHenry County and various agencies in similar efforts.

Smoron also is corporate counsel to the McHenry County villages of Hebron and Johnsburg. He has served as special counsel to the village of West Dundee in Kane County and to other units of local government in Cook, Lake, Warren and Henry counties. Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois, has an extensive practice in local government law. For more of Smoron’s professional credentials, please link to Michael Smoron’s biography.

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Shepley to Serve on McHenry County College Foundation Board

E. Regan Daniels Shepley, a partner in Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, will again serve a term on the board of the McHenry County College Foundation. At the foundation’s June meeting, Shepley was reappointed to the board and named chair of the Scholarships/Grant Committee.

The college, which is located at 8900 U.S. Highway 14 in Crystal Lake, was accredited in 1976 and now boasts more than 5,000 students. The Friends of McHenry County College Foundation that supports the school is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. More information about the foundation can be found at

Since joining McHenry County’s largest law firm in 1994, Shepley has practiced construction law, local government law, civil litigation and corporate business transactions at Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle.

Shepley also has served on the board of directors of the McHenry County American Cancer Society and the Northwest Area Arts Council. She worked with the Raue Center for the Arts and the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce. Recently Shepley was named co-chair of a subcommittee that assists development efforts for the VOICE Sexual Assault Services program of the Pioneer Center for Human Services in McHenry. For more of her professional credentials, please link to the biography of E. Regan Daniels Shepley.