Smoron, Cooney Quoted on Adult Business Land Use, Zoning

November 14, 2011

Partners Michael J. Smoron and Melissa J. Cooney were quoted in a Nov. 8, 2011, article in the Northwest Herald titled “Johnsburg revamps adult entertainment ordinance.” The story, written by Hilary Gowins, explains that Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle advises the municipalities it represents to update adult business ordinances to prevent unnecessary and potentially costly lawsuits.

Although a variety of adult businesses and adult entertainment establishments are permitted under such ordinances, as the First Amendment requires, they are granted only conditional use in industrial zoning areas. For more information, please link to the Northwest Herald article.

Smoron 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. For more of his professional credentials, please read Michael Smoron’s biography. Cooney also practices land use law, with a special focus on conservation easements. For more details about her legal practice, please view Melissa Cooney’s biography.

Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois, has an extensive practice in municipal law and local government law. Two of the firm’s attorneys 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.