John Redlingshafer

Practice Groups:

Governmental

Business and Commercial Litigation

Agribusiness

Aviation & Airports

Office Locations:

Peoria, IL

Phone: 309.676.0400

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News

60 Heyl Royster Attorneys on Leading Lawyers’ Latest List - 06/29/2017

24 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers - 03/10/2017

Rastatter and Redlingshafer Assist Immigrants - 04/29/2016

57 Heyl Royster Attorneys Recognized by Leading Lawyers - 04/22/2016

Attorneys Author Chapter on the Open Meetings Act for IICLE - 03/18/2016

26 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers - 02/05/2016

Attorneys Bertschy and Redlingshafer Honored by Peoria County Township Association - 01/25/2016

Eleven Attorneys Honored as "Emerging Lawyers" - 07/31/2015

Keyt and Redlingshafer Author Municipal Law "Contracts" IICLE Chapter - 03/04/2015

27 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers - 02/20/2015

Heyl Royster Announces Five New Partners - 01/09/2015

Redlingshafer Sworn-In to Tazewell County Board - 12/01/2014

Redlingshafer Honored with TOI's President's Award - 11/15/2014

Firm Provides Pro Bono Assistance to Immigrants Seeking Deferred Action - 08/22/2014

Firm Attorneys Edit and Author Chapters for IICLE® Special Districts Law - 05/09/2014

26 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers - 02/21/2014

Firm and CAT Team Up with Prairie State Legal Services - 09/17/2013

Heyl Royster Attorneys Undertake Leadership Roles with Peoria County Bar Association - 08/09/2013

Attorneys Speak to Government Officials, Officers and Engineers - 05/10/2013

Heyl Royster Attorneys Speak at Peoria County Bar Association CLE Programs - 04/12/2013

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Hartney Fuel Oil Co. v. Illinois Dept. of Revenue - 03/07/2013

Redlingshafer Appointed to Tazewell County Board - 03/01/2013

25 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers - 01/31/2013

Heyl Royster Attorneys and Paralegals Volunteer at Wills and Advance Directive Clinic - 04/06/2012

Education

  • Juris Doctor, DePaul University College of Law, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts-International Relations (magna cum laude), Bradley University, 2001 

Year Joined Firm

2004

 

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John is chair of the firm's Governmental Practice and a member of the Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. In the area of governmental law, he represents numerous townships, villages, fire districts, road districts, and other governmental entities in a broad range of areas, including litigation, negotiations on intergovernmental agreements, compliance with statutory regulations, and consultation on infrastructure and construction projects (including project financing and debt management). He also works with governmental bodies and private developers/corporations in various aspects of zoning, annexation, and eminent domain law. In addition, John represents general corporate and agribusiness clients in litigation, real estate transactions, and corporate compliance issues. John also serves as an Administrative Adjudication Hearing Officer for municipal ordinance violations involving alleged violations of ordinances related to real and personal property.

John is a frequent statewide speaker on government-related issues at both conventions and educational seminars. 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 in the Institute's "Illinois Municipal Law" series. He has also been a regular, contributing author to the official publication of the Township Officials of Illinois, the Perspective, and the Illinois Township Attorneys Association newsletter.

John is a past President of the Illinois Township Attorneys Association, and previously served as the Editor of its newsletter, the Talk of the Township. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Peoria County Bar Association, and currently serves as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association's Local Government Law Section Council. In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 he was named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Only 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing 10 years or less, earn this designation.

John currently serves on the Tazewell County Board, and was appointed to its Land Use, Finance, and Human Resources Committees. He also chairs the Board's Recodification Committee. John continues to serve his community on the East Peoria Fire and Police Commission, having been appointed by the Mayor, with the consent of the East Peoria City Council. He has spent his entire legal career with Heyl Royster, beginning in 2004 in the Peoria office.

Transactions

  • Represents governmental entities and developers in significant zoning changes.
    • Represented township government in objecting to proposed mineral extraction facility.
    • Assisted agricultural cooperative in obtaining special use (including related court trial) authorizing construction of grain storage facility.
  • Drafts resolutions and ordinances for governmental entities.
  • Represents landowners in eminent domain proceedings.
    • Negotiated resolution for agricultural cooperative in eminent domain cases brought by state agency.
    • Litigated quick take proceedings on behalf of private corporations contesting eminent domain offers.
  • Represents governmental entities in property purchases and construction projects.
    • Assisted numerous townships and road districts in real estate contracts with cities, park districts, and other governments.
    • Negotiated agreement between fire protection district and private corporation for real estate to host new central station.

Publications

  • "Warranties, Disclaimers, and Limitations" chapter in Contract Law, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2016) - Download Article
  • "Introduction to the Open Meetings Act," chapter in Illinois Sunshine Laws, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2016) - Download Article
  • "Contracts" chapter in Municipal Law: Contracts, Litigation and Home Rule, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2012, 2015) - Download Article
  • General Editor, and author of "General Considerations," chapter in Special Districts, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2014) - Download Article
  • "Introduction to the Open Meetings Act," chapter in Illinois' Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Acts, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2011, 2013) - Download Article
  • "Frequently Asked Election Questions," with Jeffrey R. Jurgens, Township Officials of Illinois Perspective Magazine (2012) 
  • "Can Public Bodies Claim Records Are 'Outside the Scope' of a FOIA Request?" – Local Government Law, ISBA Section on Local Government Law Newsletter (2012) 
  • "Is Information On Privately-Owned Electronic Devices Subject To FOIA?—What Public Access Binding Opinion No. 11-006 Means To You And Your Government Clients," Local Government Law, ISBA Section on Local Government Law Newsletter (2011)
  • "Public (and Private) Projects Influenced by the Prevailing Wage Act," Heyl Royster Business & Commercial Litigation Newsletter (2011) - Download Article
  • "A New Court Opinion on the Open Meetings Act: Is Your Notice, Agenda, and Meeting Site Good Enough for a Special Meeting?" Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2010) - Download Article
  • "Local Government Prompt Payment Act," Heyl Royster Governmental Newsletter (2010) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Prevailing Wage Act: Are you in Compliance?”
    104th Annual Illinois Municipal League Conference 2017
  • “Legislative Update: Open Meetings Act & More”
    Heyl Royster's 32nd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2017
  • “Liability Issues for Public Bodies in Car Accident Cases”
    Heyl Royster's 32nd Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2017
  • “Updates on Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Acts”
    Illinois Association of Park Districts Annual Conference 2017
  • “Employee Policies and Related Issues”
    Illinois Association of County Clerks and Records Regional Meeting 2017
  • “Regulation of the Public Way: The Aftermath of Reed v. Town of Gilbert”
    Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago Land Use Seminar 2017
  • “The Local Government Travel Expense Control Act”
    Heyl Royster Governmental Seminar 2016
  • “Case Law Update”
    Heyl Royster Governmental Seminar 2016
  • “Freedom of Information Laws for Employers”
    Heyl Royster Employers' Day Seminar 2016
  • “Managing Waiting Lists, Tenant Screenings, Information Hearings and How to Prepare for Evictions”
    National Association of Housing Redevelopment Officials Annual Conference 2016
  • “Update On First Amendment Cases and Their Impact On Local Government Ordinances”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016
  • “Public Duty Rule Panel/Tort Immunity”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016
  • “WC Claims Handling Liability, Including Legal Holds & Spoliation”
    Heyl Royster's 31st Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2016
  • “Agri-Finance and the Uniform Commercial Code”
    GROWMARK Agri-Finance and Credit Managers Meeting 2016
  • “Bidding Requirements and Related Funding Concerns/Tax Levies”
    Northwest Illinois Highway Commissioner Summer Seminar 2016
  • “Considerations in Purchase of Real Property”
    Illinois Association of Park Districts Annual Seminar 2016
  • “Updates on Conceal Carry in Illinois”
    Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference 2015
  • “Contract Considerations for Townships”
    Township Officials of Illinois Annual Conference 2015
  • “Budgetary Shortfalls: Liability for Diminished Services”
    Heyl Royster's 30th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2015
  • “General Assistance: Problems Township Attorneys Are Asked to Deal with”
    Illinois Township Attorneys Association 12th Annual Educational Seminar 2014
  • “Medical Cannabis: A Primer For Employers and Governmental Entities”
    Heyl Royster Lunch & Learn Seminar/Webinar 2014
  • “Determining Control of Rights-of-Way”
    East Central and Northwest Highway Commissioners Seminars 2014
  • “Considerations under Illinois’ Prevailing Wage Act”
    American Public Works Association (Illinois Chapter) Conference 2013
  • “Practical Issues under Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act”
    Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders Conference 2013
  • “Is this a Right of Way?”
    Illinois Association of County Engineers and Township Officials of Illinois Conferences 2013
  • “Governmental Liability and Immunities”
    Illinois State's Attorney's Appellate Prosecutor's Conference for Newly Elected State’s Attorneys 2013
  • “Legal Considerations with General Assistance”
    General Assistance Training Institute (GATI), statewide 2010-Present

Professional Recognition

  • Named to Law Bulletin Publishing Company's list of Illinois Emerging Lawyers (2015-2017). Only two percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 or who have been licensed to practice for 10 years or less earn this distinction.
  • Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2013-2017). The Super Lawyers Rising Stars selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 or who have been practicing 10 years or less earn this designation.
  • J. Bruce Scidmore Award, Township Attorney of the Year (2011)

Professional Associations

  • Illinois Township Attorneys Association (Vice President 2007-09; President 2009-2011)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (Local Government Law Section Council, 2011-Present)
  • Peoria County Bar Association (Chair, Communications & Technology Committee, 2009-2012)

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central and Northern Districts of Illinois (Trial Bar) 

Community Involvement

  • Peoria Friendship House Board of Directors (2009-2014; President, 2010-2012)
  • Wills and Powers of Attorney Clinics at various United Way Partner Agencies (2009-Present)
  • Peoria County Bar Association Law Day speaker at area schools (2009-Present)
  • Washington Park District Youth Coach (2011-Present)
  • 40 Leaders Under Forty 2011 - Selected by InterBusiness Issues magazine
  • Member, Rotary International (Washington)
  • East Peoria Fire and Police Commissioner (2012-Present)
  • District 3 Representative, Tazewell County Board (2013-Present)
  • Graduate, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School (2013)
  • Tazwood Center for Wellness Board of Directors (2014-Present)
  • We Care, Inc., Board of Directors (2014 - Present)
  • Washington (IL) Area Foundation Board (2014-2016)
  • Eastern Bypass Regional Coalition, Board of Directors (2015-Present)