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Kelly A. Cahill

Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle
50 Virginia Street
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
[email protected]



  • DePaul University (J.D. with honors, 1992)
  • Valparaiso University (B.S., with honors, 1989)


  • Illinois, 1992


Kelly A. Cahill, a longtime Crystal Lake resident, devotes most of her practice to employment law and to municipal and local government law. Cahill serves as a municipal attorney for the villages of Algonquin and Deer Park. She also acts as counsel to the planning and zoning boards of the cities of McHenry and Genoa. Her municipal law responsibilities involve:

  • general corporate representation
  • Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act compliance
  • planning and zoning work
  • property maintenance issues and demolition
  • negotiations
  • litigation
  • letters of credit

Because of her knowledge of local governments, Cahill also works with private developers engaged in the municipal development process in cities and villages not represented by Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle. These developers often are interested in:

  • annexations
  • zoning
  • subdivisions of property
  • other land use issues
  • cellular telephone tower placement

In her employment law practice, Cahill represents private and public entities in areas involving compliance with and recordkeeping for state and federal employment laws and regulations. She focuses primarily on:

  • employee discipline and termination including employee separation agreements
  • employee performance reviews
  • employee handbooks
  • Title VII and other discrimination
  • harassment and diversity training
  • job interviewing training
  • representing clients before the Illinois Department of Human Rights and
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • employment and separation agreements
  • confidentiality, trade secret and non-compete clauses
  • COBRA compliance

Cahill attended Maine West High School in Des Plaines before graduating with honors from both Valparaiso University and DePaul University College of Law.


McHenry County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association


  • Quoted, Confusion surrounds Marengo wastewater treatment plant incident (on her final report of an independent third-party study), Northwest Herald, June 16, 2016
  • Author, Recent Case Law Changes the Landscape for Local Government Owned and Operated Fire Alarm Services,” ZRFM Local Government Law Newsletter, Dec. 3, 2013
  • Author, Employers face decisions with Affordable Care Act, Northwest Herald, Oct. 20, 2013
  • Author, Deadline to Provide Employees Notice of Health Coverage Options (Oct. 1, 2013),” ZRFM Local Government Law Newsletter, Aug. 20, 2013
  • Author, Employers must take bullying complaints seriously,” Northwest Herald, March 24, 2013
  • Author, Police Officer’s Class Action for Electronic Overtime,” ZRFM Local Government Law Newsletter, Feb. 13, 2013
  • Speaker, “Redeveloping Distressed Properties: Clearing Out the Backlog in Order to Move Forward,” Illinois Municipal League annual convention, Chicago, October 2012
  • Co-author, “Cable, Video and Wireless Communication,” Chapter 7, Volume II, Illinois Municipal Law: Annexation Zoning and Regulatory Authority, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2012
  • Speaker, “You’ve Been Elected! Now What Do You Do,” Illinois Municipal League annual conference, Chicago, September 2011 (view video))
  • Speaker,Vacant and Distressed Properties and Abandoned Developments,” Illinois City/County Management Association 2011 Winter Conference, February 2011
  • Co-author with David W. McArdle, “There Should Be No Struggle With Banks Over A Developer’s Letter of Credit,” Illinois Municipal Review, June 2010
  • Speaker, “Newly Elected Officials Seminar” presented by Zukowski Rogers Flood & McArdle, May 2009
  • Speaker, “2009 Employment Issues,” Greater Chicago Damage Prevention Council, March 2009
  • Speaker, “Harassment and Diversity Training,” Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association 24th Annual Convention, February 2009
  • Speaker, Sexual Harassment and Diversity Training, City of Marengo, 2009
  • Co-author, “Cable and Wireless Communications,” Municipal Law and Practice in Illinois, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2009 edition supplement, 2007 edition, 2003 edition supplement, 2000 edition
  • Speaker, “What To Do When A Developer Goes Under,” DeKalb County Regional Plan Commission Meeting, October 2008
  • Speaker, “Sunshine Laws in Illinois,” Lorman Seminars, September 2008
  • Speaker, “Municipal Tune Up Seminar,” to various municipalities, June 2008
  • Co-author with David W. McArdle and E. Regan Daniels Shepley, Construction Law Roadmap – 2007, (and 2009 and 2011 updates), published by Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association
  • Speaker, “Development Basics,” Village of Franklin Grove, November 2007
  • Speaker, “How to Respond to Land Developers and Large Development Proposals,” Illinois Municipal League, October 2007
  • Speaker, “Duties And Responsibilities of a Treasurer,” Illinois Municipal Treasurer’s Association, Illinois Municipal Conference for Newly Elected Officials, June 2, 2007
  • Speaker, DeKalb County Regional Planning Commission Seminar, February 2007
  • Speaker, “Sunshine Laws in Illinois,” Lorman Seminars, September 2006
  • Speaker, “Impact Fees in Illinois,” Controlling Growth Seminar, presented by Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle
  • Speaker, “Planning and Zoning Seminar,” Village of Barrington, May 2005
  • Speaker, “Open Meetings Act Seminar,” presented by Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, May 2005
  • Speaker, “Planning and Zoning Training,” City of Elmhurst, January 2005
  • Speaker, “Piece of Cake or Chaos: Public Hearings After Klaeren,” Illinois Municipal League 91st Annual Conference, Sept. 16, 2004
  • Author, “River Bend Revisited – The Illinois Human Rights Act Does Not Prohibit No-Spouse Policies,” Illinois Municipal Review, August 1996
  • Author, “Illinois Supreme Court Decisions, Vaughn v. City of West Frankfort: Municipalities Do Not Owe a Duty of Care to Pedestrians Crossing a Public Roadway Outside a Crosswalk,” Local Government Law, September 1995
  • Author, “The Appropriation and Levy Process,” Local Government Law, November 1994; Tax Trends, April 1995
  • Author, “Municipal Responsibility for Property Damage Resulting from a 911 Emergency Call,” Local Government Law, August 1993
  • Author, “The River Bend Decisions and How It Affects Municipalities’ Personnel Rules and Regulations,” Illinois Municipal Review, June 1993


While a law student at DePaul University, Cahill was a member of the Order of the Coif and the DePaul University Law Review.