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Illinois Municipal Finance – Downstate

Ice Miller LLP has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and special counsel to Illinois downstate units of local government for decades working in all parts of the state. Our experience includes cities and villages, counties, school districts, fire protection districts, park districts and other special districts. 

Our downstate Illinois attorneys also regularly act in the capacity of underwriter’s counsel to most municipal bond underwriters. Ice Miller bond lawyers regularly brief industry groups on contemporary issues as well as serve as counsel to several national bond attorney organizations.  

Our Illinois bond lawyers who concentrate on downstate bond issues and devote their practice to municipal finance include Bruce Agin (32 years experience), and Jim Snyder (29 years experience). Bruce and Jim are joined by Bob Schillerstrom, Mark Huddle, Shelly Scinto, Austin Root, practice group specialist Kathy Thomas, and paralegal Jenine Phillips to form our Illinois bond team.
Ice Miller has been ranked among national leaders in many types of government financings, including financings for schools, higher education, hospitals, infrastructure, cities and villages, and tax increment and economic development transactions. 

According to Thomson Reuters Annual Municipal Reports, our Illinois bond lawyers ranked with respect to long-term Illinois municipal bond issues:
  • #1 in number of issues as underwriter’s counsel (2016, 2017)
  • #2 in number of issues as bond counsel (2016, 2017)
  • #2 in number of  issues as disclosure counsel (2016, 2017)
  • #3 (2016) and #4 (2017) in par amount as underwriter’s counsel 
  • #5 in par amount as bond counsel (2016)
We dedicate all resources needed to provide our downstate clients with timely, efficient and nationally recognized bond counsel services of the highest quality at reasonable costs. Our goal is to understand our clients' capital and financing needs and to assist them creatively to achieve their financing goals. 

2015 - 2016 Downstate Bond Issues 
(# of issues)
  Bond Counsel Disclosure Counsel Other Roles
Illinois Downstate Villages and Cities 37 36 21
Illinois Downstate School Districts 19 34 4
Other Illinois Downstate Units of Local Government 13 11 6

Total Bond Issues




Contact Us
Downstate Office  
1701 Clearwater Avenue
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-445-6017

Representative Clients

  • Illinois Housing Development Authority

Representative Experience

  • Bond counsel and disclosure counsel on numerous school district, county, village, city and park district and other traditional bond financings including debt certificates, general obligation bonds and alternate revenue bonds
  • Bond counsel on several tax increment financing bond issues throughout the State of Illinois


Name Position Phone Email
Bruce D. Agin Partner 312-726-8106
Mark Huddle Senior Counsel 312-726-7146
Austin C. Root Associate 312-726-2515
Robert J. Schillerstrom Partner 630-955-6598
James M. Snyder Partner 312-726-7127
Kathleen Thomas Practice Group Specialist – Municipal Disclosure Administrator 312-726-7159
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