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Land Use
Local Government
J.D., University of Illinois
B.A., University of Illinois
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Northern District of Illinois
7th. Cir. Court of Appeals
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

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 counseling governmental clients at board and commission meetings, 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 hosts Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum podcast, and he often discusses legal issues affecting local governments on GovLove, where his podcast appearance earned a Govie Lovie award.

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.


Highlights of Dan’s recent practice include:
  • Local responses to recreational cannabis, including business regulations, prosecutions, taxation, and employment matters.
  • Developing efficient municipal demolition program, successfully remediating more than 19 open, vacant, and hazardous structures.
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Dan is a frequent speaker on a variety of local government and land use issues at local and national conferences, including:
  • American Planning Association, National Planning Conference, “Right-of-Way Management:  From Small Cells to Scooters” (2019)
  • American Planning Association, National Planning Conference, “Legal Issues with Short-Term Rentals” (2019)
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Dan’s writing on important local government and land use issues is included in many publications, including:
  • Municipal Minute, “Changes to Human Trafficking Law Affect Public Events,” “Tobacco 21 Law Signed by Illinois Governor This Week,” and “Short-Term Rentals Ordinance Challenge May Host New Parties” (2019)
  • Engaging Local Government Leaders, “Supreme Court Decision Affects Local Governments on Social Media” (2017)
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Honors & Awards

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