Kenneth N. Beth


Scope of Practice:

Mr. Beth’s practice primarily focuses on municipal and public authority finance law, local government law and real estate law, including in the areas of tax increment allocation financing, special assessment and special service areas, annexation agreements and other development and redevelopment matters. He has over 40 years of experience representing municipalities and other units of local government in a wide variety of matters and is known for his approach in providing creative solutions to various legal issues of concern in the communities he represents.


Serves as bond counsel, issuer’s counsel, bank/trustee’s counsel and underwriter’s counsel in connection with the issuance of general obligation and revenue bonds as well as lease and other debt-related financings; is also affiliated with Gilmore & Bell, P.C., another nationally-recognized public finance firm.

Counsels municipalities on procedures related to the adoption and termination of tax increment allocation financing, provides representation to municipalities and developers in the negotiation and preparation of development, redevelopment, annexation and other economic incentive agreements, and drafted the Illinois legislation authorizing tax increment allocation financing for closed military installations.

Advises municipalities and other units of local government regarding general operation of government, including various matters related to practices and procedures, ordinance drafting and enforcement, personnel practices, licensing, finance and tax, contracts, utility systems and home rule.

Represents clients in connection with real estate transactions, including sales and acquisitions, leasing, loan financings, and zoning and subdivision regulations and proceedings.

Serves as a hearing officer for local governmental units in connection with various administrative proceedings.

Admitted to Practice:

Illinois, 1968
U.S. Court of Military Appeals, 1970
U.S. Supreme Court, 1972
U.S. Tax Court, 1980


Valparaiso University, B.A., 1965
Valparaiso University, J.D., 1968
University of Illinois, M.B.A., 1979

Professional Associations:

Champaign County Bar Association – Member
Champaign County Government Attorneys Group – Member
Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) – Member
ISBA Administrative Law Section Council – Member, 1986-1988
ISBA Government Lawyers Committee – Member, 2001-2003
Illinois Institute for Local Government Law – Charter Member
Illinois Municipal League (IML) – Member
IML Home Rule Attorneys Committee – Member
American Bar Association – Member
National Association of Bond Lawyers – Member
International Municipal Lawyers Association – Member


Village of Rantoul, Illinois – Village Attorney, 1990-Present
Village of Potomac, Illinois – Village Attorney, 2001-Present
City of Urbana, Illinois – City Attorney, 1975-1990
City of Urbana – Acting Chief Administrative Officer, 1983-1985
U.S. Court of Military Appeals – Court Commissioner, 1973-1975


U.S. Navy – Lieutenant Commander, JAGC, 1969-1973