William G. Raysa has more than 35 years experience representing numerous Northern Illinois municipalities as general and special counsel in all aspects of municipal law, including governmental practices and procedures, zoning, personnel issues, and representation of municipal boards.
For more than 30 years, he has been Village Attorney for a Chicago-area municipality of more than 43,000 people. In this role, he served as lead counsel for a commercial/retail tax increment financing (TIF) district since its inception in the village nearly one decade ago. Bill has also served as special counsel to other governmental entities and a number of Northern Illinois cities and villages, ranging in population from 3,000 to 75,000.
Widely regarded as an annexation expert, particularly in the area of procedure and annexation agreements, Bill has served as special annexation counsel for municipalities and has handled numerous cases involving various aspects of the annexation statute. As a leader and active member of the Illinois Municipal League, Bill participated in redrafting legislation that amended the annexation sections of the Illinois Municipal Code. He was also instrumental in revising and updating Article 3.1 of the Code. His background sets him apart as one of a very few attorneys qualified as an expert witness regarding annexation procedures.
Another special area of focus for Bill’s practice is municipal home rule. He is a member of the Illinois Municipal League’s Home Rule Committee, and is well-versed in the latest developments regarding the expanded powers that home rule gives to local governments in the state, particularly involving tax issues and their role in annexation.
Bill joined Tressler LLP in March 2012 when his then-current law firm, Raysa & Zimmermann LLC, merged with Tressler.
Bill has had an impressive record of accomplishments with the primary professional organizations dedicated to the practice and advancement of local government law, including the Illinois Local Government Lawyer’s Association (formerly known as the Illinois Institute of Local Government Law). He served as the Association’s President from 2002 to 2004; served on its Board of Directors; and has been a frequent lecturer at its programs. He has also been highly active with the International Municipal Lawyers Association. As a testament of his success, he has been included in the Illinois Super Lawyer® list in the area of Government/Cities/Municipalities for eight years, most recently in 2015.
Bill served three years of active duty with the United States Army and was engaged for an additional 21 years of active service with the U.S. Army Reserves before retiring with the rank of Colonel. During his years in the military, he was an attorney in the Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps.