Heyl Royster


Heyl Royster



Firm Hosts June Seminars for Government Officials


With the recent local elections over, Heyl Royster hosted "Government Officials Essentials," three, free seminars around the state for newly elected or re-elected officials. These afternoon seminars focused on numerous areas of governance including finance, transparency, contracts, immunities, personnel, and conflicts of interest, including important updates to the law since the last election in 2009.

Seminars were hosted in Peoria on Tuesday, June 4; Urbana on Wednesday, June 5; and Rockford on Thursday, June 6.

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  • Finance
    • Budgets
    • Levies
  • Transparency
    • Open Meetings Act
    • Freedom Of Information Ac
    • Local Records Act
  • Contracts
    • Bids – related statutes
    • Intergovernmental agreements
    • Conflicts of interest
  • Immunities
    • Tort
    • Insurance Coverage
  • Personnel
    • Hiring & Firing
    • Due Process
    • Employee Manuals
  • Prevailing Wage Act

Presenters Included

Tim Bertschy is chair of Heyl Royster's Governmental Practice and Commercial Litigation Practice. Mr. Bertschy has represented units of local government for more than 35 years. He is a past President of the Illinois Township Attorneys Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, and a past member of the American Bar Association Board of Governors, representing Illinois and Ohio.

John Redlingshafer represents townships, villages, fire districts, road districts, and other governmental entities. He serves on the Tazewell County Board and is a past President of the Illinois Township Attorneys Association. He was a contributing author and General Editor for a publication related to special district law for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and also wrote for the Institute on publications regarding the Illinois Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, and municipal contracts.

Andy Keyt represents and assists in the representation of public entities as their counsel. As counsel for local public entities, Andy attends board meetings and provides counsel on all legal issues. He has authored publications and given presentations on the Freedom of Information Act, the Open Meetings Act and other government-related issues. He is a participating author for Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education publication chapters entitled "Introduction to the Open Meetings Act" and "Cemetery Maintenance Districts."

Stacy Crabtree focuses her practice on commercial and governmental transactions and litigation. She assists clients with the negotiation and drafting of a wide range of contracts and corporate governance and compliance issues. Her clients range from large to small businesses, non-profits and local units of government. Stacy serves as general counsel to a local municipality and has represented governmental entities in various contract disputes. 

Additional Speakers

Keith Fruehling concentrates his practice in civil litigation, including the defense of complex asbestos, employment and civil rights, professional malpractice, local governmental, and products liability litigation. He has represented Fortune 500 corporations, universities, state and local governmental units, professionals, and local businesses. He also sits on the Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors.

Mark McClenathan
has represented municipalities, and clients before various governmental bodies. He has experience in annexations, subdivisions and developments, zoning, and intergovernmental agreements. As a trial attorney, Mark has handled cases in state courts in more than 19 counties in Illinois, and in federal court.