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WILLIAM C. KLING is an attorney and public policy expert with over 25 years’ experience in the public and non-profit sectors.  He worked for two well-known public sector law firms in Chicago, and served as in-house counsel at a community college for several years.  During law school and after graduation, he worked as an urban planner in Lake County, Illinois.   His law and policy practice includes clients on the cutting edge of social change including an aquaponics vertical farm, a medical cannabis cultivator, a water quality research and education center, a substance abuse prevention program, and the African American Family Commission, among others.  


In addition to his law and policy practice, Bill currently has an appointment at University of Illinois Chicago, School of Public Health where he teaches policy, law and leadership courses, as well as serving as a Senior Associate in the Great Cities Institute.   He has also served as a policy research specialist for UIC and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, as well as several other governmental and nongovernmental organizations.


Bill received his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Colorado and his J.D. degree from Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent College of Law, with a Certificate in Energy and Environmental Law and Policy.


Bill is active in many professional development and community activities including serving on the boards of the Southland Healthcare Forum and Econ Illinois, and previously serving on several other non-profit boards. He speaks and writes regularly on a variety of topics.

He can be reached at or 630.531.7977.

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