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Practice Areas
Land Use
Local Government
Elections
Litigation
Education
J.D., University of Illinois
B.A., University of Illinois
Bar & Court Admissions
Illinois
Northern District of Illinois
7th. Cir. Court of Appeals
Memberships
Engaging Local Government Leaders
American Planning Association, Planning and Law Division
Chicago Bar Association, Election Law Committee (Past Chair)

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Daniel J. Bolin
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Dan represents public entities and property owners in wide-ranging local government, land use, and election matters across Illinois.

Dan has spent his entire legal career in local government, regularly attending board and commission meetings for governmental clients, and managing real estate transactions and other development matters. Dan’s creative strategies for the repair and demolition of blighted, vacant, and abandoned properties recently helped his client earn a Lake County Municipal League Innovation Award. Dan prosecutes local ordinance violations, and defends local ordinances involving controversial land uses and novel civil rights challenges.

Dan also concentrates in election law, appearing before and serving on a number of local electoral boards for challenges to candidate nominating petitions. He is a past chair of the Chicago Bar Association Election Law Committee. Before attending law school, Dan worked for legislators across the state as a Policy Analyst for the Illinois General Assembly, and also worked on municipal, county, legislative, judicial and other political campaigns.

Dan regularly speaks at state and national conferences regarding controversial land uses and emerging municipal law topics. Dan contributes to the local government blog, Municipal Minute, and shares land use news on Twitter @AncelGlinkLand.

Dan earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he served as an associate editor on the University of Illinois Law Review and earned a CALI Award in Real Estate Development.

Experience

Highlights of Dan’s recent practice include:
  • Developing efficient municipal demolition program, successfully remediating more than 19 open, vacant, and hazardous structures.
  • Comprehensive rewrites of zoning, subdivision, sign, and other development regulations.
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Presentations

Dan is a frequent speaker on a variety of local government and land use issues at local and national conferences, including:
  • Illinois City/County Management Association Winter Conference, “Danger Zone! Managing Controversial Zoning Applications” (2018)
  • Illinois Association of Park Districts/Illinois Park and Recreation Association Conference, “Not in My Park! Regulating Controversial Park Activities” (2018)
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Publications

Dan’s writing on important local government and land use issues is included in many publications, including:
  • Engaging Local Government Leaders, “Supreme Court Decision Affects Local Governments on Social Media” (2017)
  • ILCMA Magazine, “Sharing with Care: Regulations for Responsible Short-Term Rentals” (2017)
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Honors & Awards

  • Lake County Municipal League, Innovation Award
  • GovLove Podcast, Govie Lovie Award
  • CALI Award, Real Estate Development