Richard G. Flood

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Happy Holidays from ZRFM

We at ZRFM wish you all a wonderful holiday season and look forward to working with you in the New Year.

This newsletter serves as our most efficient means of communicating changes in Local Government Law. It is our sincere hope that this newsletter helps keep you updated and informed on pressing municipal law matters.

In the spirit of the holiday season, the following are some statutory additions our legislature has seen fit for the coming New Year.

First, and arguably most important, our legislature has designated the official state pie for Illinois. Starting on January 1, 2016, Pumpkin Pie will be the Land of Lincoln’s official state pie. Earlier in the year, Illinois also enrolled Public Act 099-0064, designating sweet corn as the official State vegetable of Illinois.

The Legislature also passed an Act expanding the definition of Exotic Weeds. It will now be unlawful for any person to buy, sell, offer for sale, or plant Salt Cedar, Giant Hogweed, or Bohemian Knotweed, among a variety of other weeds.

Additionally, limitations have also been placed on powered alcohol and caffeine. The New Year in Illinois brings with it the “Right to Try” experimental drugs and a “Silver Alert” program similar to Amber Alerts.

Finally, Illinois has set in place provisions that would allow Bobcat Hunting.

Richard G. Flood

Author: Richard G. Flood and Jacob D. Caudill

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

ZRFM’s Illinois State Bar Association Articles Now Available

More than 20 articles published in Illinois State Bar Association newsletters and authored by Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle lawyers can be viewed now on ZRFM is the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois.

The articles address topics involving labor and employment, local government, administrative law, and antitrust and unfair competition. Individual newsletter articles can be located by linking from the titles listed in the publications section of each attorney’s Web site biography. They also appear below chronologically:

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Northwest Herald Quotes ZRFM’s ‘Municipal Ten Commandments’

You've-been-elected-2011A cover story appearing in the March 29, 2013, edition of the Northwest Herald includes excerpts from a well-known section of the Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle book You’ve Been Elected! Now What Do You Do? A Practical Guide to Local Government

The print and online article by Emily K. Coleman titled “What to expect when you’re elected” referenced the guide to local government’s “Municipal Ten Commandments,” described on p. 48 of the book as the top practical tips for local government officials.

The commandments are:

  • Commandment 10: Don’t believe anyone who says, “Your predecessor promised . . .”
  • Commandment 9: We are all in relatively small communities so remember, almost everyone is related — be careful what you say and who you say it to. Watch out for foot and mouth disease: “Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on!”
  • Commandment 8: Don’t forget, the walls of the city/township/village hall have eyes and ears. Everything you say or do will be spread far and wide and subsequently posted on Facebook or shared with the media.
  • Commandment 7: Do your homework — For goodness sake at least read the packet! You don’t want your community to look dumb or unprepared — same for yourself. If an issue involves a physical site in your municipality (e.g., a zoning change) visit the site.
  • Commandment 6: Listen to the public, staff, and other elected officials. There are two sides to every story. Don’t create a policy in response to one person’s mistake.
  • Commandment 5: No surprises! Keep everyone informed.
  • Commandment 4: Communicate! Communicate! Communicate — with the public, each other, and staff.
  • Commandment 3: Don’t get into a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel! Make friends with the media and stay friends with the media! Don’t stonewall or withhold information, otherwise they will make it up, and you can’t retract it once it’s in print.
  • Commandment 2: You can’t do it by yourself! You are a part of a TEAM of elected officials and staff.
  • Commandment 1: Don’t make promises you or your municipality cannot keep! “Your city/township/village manager can do ANYTHING you want; he/she just can’t do EVERYTHING you want.”

To learn more about the second edition of ZRFM’s book, which is published by the Illinois Municipal League, or to order a copy, view the books and publications page of our website. To learn more about the authors, view the professional biographies of Richard G. Flood and Ruth Alderman Schlossberg.


Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Awards & Recognitions

Local Government Award:

  • The City of Harvard received the 2012 Governor’s Hometown Award for its support and service to the Harvard Community Center and Food Pantry. Congratulations to the City of Harvard for this prestigious recognition.

ZRFM Attorney Updates:

  • Rich Flood was named one of the Top Ten Suburban Real Estate Related Lawyers by the Leading Lawyers Network. Rich was also named a Super Lawyer by his peers for the ninth consecutive year, which is as long as the designation has existed.
  • Carlos S. Arévalo recently joined the board of directors at Mercy Harvard Hospital.
  • Ryan Farrell became a director of the Centegra Health Systems Foundation Board in December 2012.
  • The McHenry County Historical Society welcomed Greg Barry to its board of directors in 2012.
  • Timothy (T.J.) Clifton was named chair of the Community Leadership Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County.
  • The Community Action Agency recently added Bill Westfall to its board of directors.
Friday, December 21st, 2012

Welcome to the Local Government Law Bulletin eNewsletter!

Richard G. FloodMany years ago we began our print publication, Municipal Matters, to keep our local government clients updated on important legal topics. In the spirit of the New Year we are transitioning to a new electronic format. It will provide you the most up-to-date information on laws, court decisions, and other areas of interest to local governments in a concise and efficient manner.

We at ZRFM wish you all a wonderful holiday season and look forward to working with you in the New Year.

Best wishes,

Rich Flood

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Richard G. Flood Named Illinois Super Lawyer for 7th Time

Richard G. FloodRichard G. Flood, a named partner in McHenry County’s largest law firm, Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, was named a 2012 “Illinois Super Lawyer” by SuperLawyers®, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Flood received this distinction, given to only 5 percent of Illinois lawyers, for the first time in 2005. His practice includes divorce and family law, local government law, civil litigation, and land use.

Flood also has been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer for several years, where he serves as an advisory board member. He has been selected by his peers in the areas of family law; governmental, municipal, lobbying and administrative law; land use, zoning and condemnation law; and both commercial and residential real estate law. Flood also consistently receives Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, AV® Preeminent™.

An honors graduate of the University of Illinois and Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Flood is admitted to practice in Illinois. He also practices before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Federal Trial Bar.

Flood represents municipalities with 500 to 35,000 residents. He co-authored, with Ruth Alderman Schlossberg, Congratulations! You’ve Been Elected: Now What Do You Do? A Practical Guide to Local Government. During his family law career, Flood has handled more than 1,000 matters, many of which involved high net worth individuals and significant financial issues.

Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle serves clients especially in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin from offices in Crystal Lake, Chicago and Oak Brook. To learn more about ZRFM’s Super Lawyer, please view Richard Flood’s professional credentials. For more information about Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle or to arrange a meeting with one of our attorneys, please visit our contact page so we may respond to your inquiry promptly.

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

ZRFM Lawyers to Address Illinois Municipal League Conference

Richard G. FloodSeveral lawyers from Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle will speak on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the 99th annual convention of the Illinois Municipal League. The gathering takes place Oct. 18-20 at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 South Michigan Ave.

Between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., Ryan P. Farrell, Kelly A. Cahill and Ruth A. Schlossberg will make presentations at a session titled “Redeveloping Distressed Properties: Clearing Out the Backlog in Order to Move Forward.” The trio will be joined by John Green, director of the special asset group at Home State Bank in Crystal Lake. Illinois State Rep. Thaddeus Jones, who also is a Calumet City alderman, will moderate the session.

Among the topics to be discussed are the nuts and bolts of calling letters of credit or bonds to complete infrastructure improvements, the need to work out underlying development agreements, and distressed property challenges such as demolition and property maintenance.

Between 2:45 and 3:45 p.m., Richard G. Flood and Schlossberg will make presentations at a session titled “Open Meetings Act and FOIA in the Internet Age.” They will be joined by Matt Rogina, an assistant attorney general for the public access counselor’s bureau.

The session will use realistic, hypothetical situations. Rich Flood, a member of the 2012 Illinois Municipal League Resolutions Committee, will act as moderator. Both of the sessions featuring ZRFM attorneys will take place in Northwest Stevens 5 on the hotel’s lower level, north.

Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle is the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois. For more than 50 years, the firm has represented banks and represented local government units. The firm has offices in Crystal Lake, Chicago and Oak Brook. Please view our contact page if you have any questions for our lawyers or other professionals.

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Flood, ZRFM Divorce Practice Profiled in Leading Lawyers

Richard G. Flood’s career at Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle and the law firm’s divorce practice are the focus of a recent story in the 2011 Leading Lawyers Magazine – Consumer Edition. The magazine profiles 34 of the top consumer law attorneys in Illinois.

A reprint of the article appears here.

For several years, ZRFM partners Richard G. Flood, David W. McArdle and David J. Loughnane have been rated among the top 5 percent of Illinois lawyers by Leading Lawyers Network, a division of the Chicago-based Law Bulletin Publishing Company. With 20 lawyers, Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle is the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois.

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

ZRFM Shares Ideas on Effective Local Government

Richard G. Flood, Ruth Alderman Schlossberg and Kelly A. Cahill spoke on the topic of effective local government at the annual conference of the Illinois Municipal League. The conference took place Sept. 15-17, 2011, at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.

Their hourlong Sept. 16 presentation was titled, “You’ve Been Elected. Now What Do You Do?” A video of the event appears below. (Flood speaks first, followed by Schlossberg at the 15:50 mark and Cahill at 37:10.)

The practical session provided officials with a better understanding of their roles, powers and limitations. The session focused on a combination of theory and practice to help attendees make sure their term as an elected official is productive and satisfying.

The three attorneys practice local government law at ZRFM. Flood and Schlossberg co-authored a 170-page book for newly elected officials, published by the Illinois Municipal League, from which their presentation got its name. For more information, please view ZRFM’s Books and Publications.

During Flood’s tenure with Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, the Crystal Lake-based firm has grown from six lawyers to 19 and from one to three offices. ZRFM is the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois. In addition to Flood’s renowned local government law practice, he also focuses on divorce and family law.

Schlossberg joined Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle in 2003. She is thoroughly familiar with all of the recently rewritten provisions of the Illinois “sunshine laws” — the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Illinois Open Meetings Act (OMA). She advises elected officials and government administrators on operating with increased certainty so they can streamline work and avoid unfunded expenses.

Cahill serves as a municipal attorney for the village of Algonquin and acts as counsel to the planning and zoning boards of the cities of McHenry and Genoa. She also practices employment law. Cahill speaks frequently on labor and employment law and provides training to various organizations on diversity and sexual harassment awareness.

For more about their professional credentials, please view the biographies of Richard Flood, Ruth Alderman Schlossberg and Kelly Cahill.

Friday, June 17th, 2011

ZRFM Lawyers To Be Recognized at MCBA Meeting

Richard G. FloodMelissa J. CooneyTwo partners in the law firm of Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle – the largest McHenry County law firm – will be recognized at a June 28 noon meeting of the McHenry County Bar Association. The annual meeting and luncheon will be held at the Bull Valley Golf Club in Woodstock, Illinois.

Past MCBA presidents will be honored at the meeting, including Melissa J. Cooney, who served from 1999 to 2000, and Richard G. Flood, whose term was from 1986 to 1987. The McHenry County Bar Association, founded in 1915, is an organization of attorneys, judges and paralegals that provides leadership in advancing the professional interests of its members while improving legal services in the community.

Both Cooney and Flood practice divorce and family law. Additionally, Cooney concentrates on estate planning and Flood is a renowned local government law practitioner and author. For more of their professional credentials, follow the links to the biographies of Melissa J. Cooney or Richard G. Flood.