Senior attorney Brian R. Bare’s practice encompasses a broad range of areas, including school board governance, business operations, contract negotiation and review, public bidding, requests for proposals, construction, real estate, personnel and employment issues, special education, and student discipline. He also assists with the acquisition of land for school construction, and advises administrators on Freedom of Information Act requests and Open Meetings Act issues. He is responsible for contracts and intergovernmental cooperation agreements, prosecuting and defending detachment and annexation petitions, and preparing formation and governance documents for the state’s first renewable energy agency formed by school districts in pursuit of wind power.

Since joining the firm in 2007, Mr. Bare has appeared before courts and administrative bodies throughout Illinois. He has briefed and argued appellate matters, handling appeals in the Illinois Supreme Court and the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Districts of the Illinois Appellate Court. Mr. Bare was part of the team that successfully defended on appeal in the Fourth District a trial court’s findings of several violations of the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Pollution Control Board, respectively, and, more recently, challenged in the Illinois Supreme Court the Pollution Control Board’s refusal to allow taxing bodies to intervene before it, all part of the process of certifying improvements as pollution control facilities entitled to preferential property tax treatment. Mr. Bare has successfully briefed and argued on behalf of a school district against a detachment and annexation petition, and also authored the successful brief on behalf of homeowners in support of their detachment and annexation petition.

Mr. Bare has significant bench and jury trial experience. He has conducted administrative hearings before regional boards of school trustees considering school detachment and annexation petitions. Mr. Bare, along with Richard Petesch, recently conducted a trial before an independent hearing officer from the Illinois State Board of Education concerning the dismissal of a tenured teacher for misconduct. He has also represented government bodies and landowners in eminent domain cases, from roadway widenings to whole parcel acquisitions and post-abandonment attorney fee petitions.

In the property tax arena, Mr. Bare represents public bodies before county boards of review, the Property Tax Appeal Board, the Department of Revenue, and the Pollution Control Board, regarding commercial and industrial properties. Mr. Bare worked on all phases of objections to tax levies under the Tort Immunity Act and, with Stuart Whitt, co-authored a related article on the use of risk management programs by public bodies in Illinois.

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