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Law firm decision postponed by Board

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The absence of trustees Larry Reed and Kerstin Trachtenberg at the Jan. 2 Board meeting delayed a decision to select one of four law firms considered to serve as legal counsel for the Village in the coming years.

Village Administrator Heather Kimmons said she was prepared to give the Board her recommendation that same evening in either an open or closed session, at the Board’s option. However, trustees Steve Hubbard and Bob Rasho were in agreement that the unexpected absences of both trustees and the need for a full Board discussion were vital to the selection process. Rasho also said he was in favor of an open session since two earlier closed sessions had been used to discuss the matter. More than a dozen residents attended the Jan. 2 meeting to hear the results of the selection process. The Board had directed Kimmons on Dec. 19 to issue requests for qualifications (RFQ) to the Village’s current law firm, Samuels Miller, and other law firms of her choice, seeking bids to represent the Village.

All four firms responded before the 5 p.m. deadline on Dec. 29. The law firms are:

  • Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer of Chicago (with a Bloomington office)
  • Featherstun, Gaumer, Postlewait, Stock, Flynn & Hubbard of Decatur
  • Samuels Miller Schroeder Jackson & Sly of Decatur
  • Sorling Northrup, Hanna, Cullen & Cochran of Springfield.

The mayor appoints the Village attorney subject to the advice and consent of the Board of trustees. That decision is now expected to be made during the next scheduled Board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall.

Village Board meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month, except for holidays, and Village Hall will be closed Jan. 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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