rschlossberg@zrfmlaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Land Use
  • Local Government
  • EDUCATION:

    Yale University (J.D., 1987)
    University of Michigan (A.B., Phi Beta Kappa, 1984)
    London School of Economics (fall 1982)

    ADMISSIONS:

    Illinois, 1987
    District of Columbia (inactive), 1988

    FOLLOW:

    Ruth Alderman Schlossberg

    Ruth works closely with our local government clients to help them govern more efficiently and cost-effectively and to keep them apprised of developments in the law. Schlossberg is co-author of the Illinois Municipal League’s Handbook for Newly Elected Officials: A Practical Guide to Local Government (newly renamed, but now in its fourth edition) and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Municipal Law Series chapter on Intergovernmental Agreements. In addition to her focus on Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act compliance, Ruth advises both home rule and non-home rule clients on matters of governance, contracts, sales tax, economic incentive agreements, land use and development, regulatory compliance, regulated industry matters and bulk electric power purchases. Ruth serves as the City Attorney for the City of Woodstock, Illinois.

    Ruth started her legal career with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., and spent several years at Northwestern University School of Law as the Assistant Dean and Director of Executive Education. She also has served as the legal and research director of an international human rights organization. Ruth was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Local Government Law Section Council from 2012 to 2016, and since 2016 she has been appointed to sit on the Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Legislation. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Yale Law School.

    Ruth’s practice includes:

    • land use
    • economic incentive and tax rebate programs
    • local government project workouts and new project drafting
    • intergovernmental agreements
    • the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
    • the Illinois Open Meetings Act (OMA)
    • home rule authority
    • addressing challenging social issues within communities
    • bulk electric power purchase agreements
    • project development and financing
    • borrowing and lending transactions for local governments
    • small cellular, cable television and video services regulation
    • annexation and boundary agreements
    • Illinois ethics regulation and legislative monitoring
    • impact fees

    ASSOCIATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

    • Illinois State Bar Association (Standing Committee on Legislation, 2016-present; Local Government Law Section Council, 2012-2016, secretary, 2015-2016)
    • Illinois Municipal League (General Governance Subcommittee, Home Rule Attorneys Committee)
    • Village of Barrington Home Rule Ad Hoc Committee which evaluated the implications of home rule authority for the village, (co-chair, June 2014)
    • Village of Barrington Plan Commission (member, 2004-2010; deputy chair, 2005-2010)
    • Appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn to the Illinois Precious Metal Purchasers Task Force, December 2013
    • Barrington Area United Way (board of directors, 2007-2010)

    PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

    • Planning Committee and Faculty Member, “Local Municipal COVID-19 Economic Development Support Initiatives,” IICLE Local Government Law Institute, 2020
    • Planning Committee and Faculty Member, “A Dialogue with the Public Access Counselor’s Office,” IICLE Local Government Law Institute, 2019
    • Planning Committee and Faculty Member, “Legislative Updates,” IICLE Local Government Law Institute, 2018
    • Speaker, “FOIA & OMA in the Internet Age,” Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, Chicago, 2018, 2016, 2012-2014
    • Speaker, “Small Cell Legislation,” Barrington Area Council of Governments Executive Board, May 22, 2018
    • Planning Committee and Faculty Member, “Don’t Tell Me No, Tell Me How: Difficult Social Issues and Ethics for Municipal Lawyers,” IICLE Local Government Law Institute, 2017
    • Speaker, “Municipal Tune-Up Panel,” Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, September 22, 2016
    • Speaker, “FOIA for Local Government,” Illinois State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education webinar, June 2016
    • Co-author, “What am I forgetting: So many ways to get tripped up,” newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association Section on Local Government Law, May 2016
    • Speaker, “FOIA & OMA in the Internet Age,” Northern Illinois Alliance of Fire Protection Districts, January 29, 2016
    • Author, Private communications and FOIA: Policy questions in search of answers,” Local Government Law, newsletter of the ISBA’s Section on Local Government Law, November 2015
    • Speaker, FOIA & OMA in the Internet Age,” with Illinois Public Counselor Sarah Pratt, Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, Sept. 17, 2015
    • Speaker, “FOIA & OMA in the Internet Age,” with Illinois Public Counselor Sarah Pratt, Joint Meeting of the Municipal Clerks of Lake County and Cook County, July 15, 2015
    • Speaker, Illinois Municipal League Newly Elected Officials Seminar, Elgin, June 18, 2015
    • Co-author with Richard G. Flood, You’ve Been Elected! Now What Do You Do?” (3d Edition) published by the Illinois Municipal League, 2015
    • Speaker, Tax Litigation in Illinois,” Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, Chicago, September 2014
    • Author, “Public Access Counselor Rulings,” Local Government Law, newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association Section on Local Government, June 2014
    • Author, PAC Opinion Report, Local Government Law, newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association Section on Local Government, December 2013
    • Speaker, Effective Operations and Governance,” Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference, Chicago, October 2013
    • Speaker, “Ask the Attorney,” update on recent developments in Illinois municipal law and practice, McHenry County Council of Governments, September 2013
    • Author, A little more confusion from the PAC on closed sessions,” Local Government Law, newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association Section on Local Government Law, July 2013
    • Speaker, “Subdivision Plat Process and Procedure,” HalfMoon Presentation, Wheaton, Illinois, November 2012
    • Co-author, “Intergovernmental Cooperation,” Chapter 8, Volume IV, 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.
    • Speaker, “2011 Newly Elected Officials Workshop,” Illinois Municipal League workshops in Joliet, Normal and Schaumburg, Illinois, June 2011
    • Moderator, Meet the Candidates Forum,” PTO President’s Council, Barrington School District 220, March 2011

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