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Russell elected president of ITAA

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 2:47 p.m. CST

Dwight O’Keefe, the outgoing president of the Illinois Township Attorneys’ Association, announced that attorney Robert F. Russell of Princeton has been elected to be the president of the association.

The Illinois Township Attorneys’ Association provides service to township governments in Illinois through the education of and assistance to the attorneys and officials who serve township governments in Illinois. Russell, an attorney in Princeton, has represented some 25 townships in North Central Illinois for at least the past 35 years, and has also been a member and an officer of the association for many years.

“It is an honor to have been chosen to lead this fine organization,” said Russell. “I look forward to working with the membership of the association to further our mission of providing assistance to Illinois townships and their attorneys.”

Russell has written numerous articles on township law and spoken at various township meetings and seminars, as well as educational seminars by the Illinois State Bar Association. He had been recognized by his peers as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the practice areas of governmental law, trust, will and estate planning law, and commercial and residential real estate law.

Russell is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Illinois College of Law. He is a member of the Bureau County and Illinois State Bar associations, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers’ Association. He is also chairman of the Board of Directors of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund. Long active in the community, Russell is presently the chairman of the board of directors of the Bureau County Metropolitan Board and the chairman of the Alfred H. Shoemake Community Foundation. He is also a director of the Princeton Park District Foundation and of the Bureau County Historical Society.

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