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Chicago, IL 60603

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Practice Areas
Local Government
Land Use
School Districts
J.D., University of Chicago
B.A., University of Chicago
Post Graduate:  University College, Oxford University, England
Bar & Court Admissions
Northern District of Illinois
United States Supreme Court
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
IML Home Rule Attorneys Committee

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Stewart H. Diamond

Stewart's years of experience, combined with innovative and practical solutions, help Illinois municipalities tackle today's legal problems.

Stewart is a widely-acclaimed leader in Illinois municipal law. The International Municipal Lawyers' Association (IMLA) awarded him the Marvin J. Glink Private Practice Local Government award. Throughout his entire career, Stewart has represented many local governmental bodies as their corporate attorney. He has provided services as special counsel to municipalities throughout the State of Illinois. He has served as the Chairman of the Local Governmental Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association, and has taught law at John Marshall Law School and Northwestern University Law School. He has represented both home rule and non-home rule municipalities and he has been asked to speak in municipalities considering home rule referenda.

He has and continues to advise scores of municipalities, counties, park districts, townships, fire protection districts, library districts and many intergovernmental agencies.   

Stewart is the originating author of the Illinois Municipal Handbook and the orginating editor of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s multi-volume handbooks on municipal and school law.


Particular highlights of his practice include:
  • Represents municipalities in all aspects of growth from 4,000 to 100,000 and advised numerous communities on their transition to home rule. 
  • Represents a number of water agencies during their multi-million dollar construction phrase and during mature operations.
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Stewart has spoken at most of the local and national conferences of organizations which deal with local governmental problems, as well as organizations dealing with governmental self-insurance pooling.  He has spoken each year for decades at the annual meeting of the Illinois Municipal League at a session at which attendees are invited to ask questions about all aspects of local governmental law.  He has also spoken on the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act, annexation and zoning, and the benefits of home rule.


  • Long-time author, co-author or editor of the Illinois Municipal Handbook, published by the Illinois Municipal League, contributing author and editor of the Township Officials of Illinois Laws and Duties Handbook published by the Township Officials of Illinois, and the Author and Editor Financial Manual for Illinois Public Libraries, published by the Illinois Library Association
  • Originating General Editor of the four-volume Illinois Municipal Law Series and two-volume Illinois School Law Series, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Co-author, Annexation and Annexation Agreements, Illinois Municipal Law (IICLE)
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Honors & Awards

  • Awarded the Marvin J. Glink Private Practice Local Government award by the International Municipal Attorneys' Association (IMLA). 
  • Awarded the IICLE award for contribution to legal education