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Wednesday, June 21, 2023 
2:00 pm – 5:20 pm CDT



Understanding Eminent Domain Powers 

  • Source of eminent domain powers
  • History of the exercise of eminent domain powers
  • Illinois Eminent Domain Act, 735 ILCS 30
  • Types of eminent domain “takings:” public and quasi-public
  • Just compensation: valuing “taken” property
  • Privatization of eminent domain and other current issues 


Participating in the Condemnation Process 

  • Condemnation process for government use
  • Hearing and right of appeal
  • Valuing the property taken
  • Condemnation process for utility and other quasi-public use 


Understanding Inverse Condemnation 

  • Identifying a taking by inverse condemnation
  • Bringing a claim for inverse condemnation
  • Defenses to inverse condemnation claims
  • Valuing taken property 


Webinar Instructions
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Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors:
3.0 PDHs

3.0 Non-HSW CE Hours

3.0 LU| Elective


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 3.0 PDHs for professional engineers and land surveyors and 3.0 continuing education hours for licensed architects in Illinois. 

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 3.0 Elective LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).



Lenny Asaro

 Partner at Faegre Drinker

Mr. Asaro partners with real estate stakeholders to resolve disputes, protect their assets and move projects forward. In more than 25 years as a real estate adviser and litigator, he has established himself as a trusted source of business-minded counsel for developers and other entities. He works to defend and advance client interests in matters related to land use and zoning, condemnation/eminent domain, tax increment financing (TIF), acquisitions and dispositions, public-private partnerships, government affairs and redevelopment agreements, annexation, title disputes and real estate valuation disputes. Mr. Asaro has handled numerous significant real estate development projects in and around Chicago for governmental, private and public-private partnership entities. He has extensive experience with administrative, legislative and judicial proceedings and processes. And when litigation proves advantageous or unavoidable, he is a skilled courtroom advocate. He has first-chaired hundreds of bench trials and numerous jury trials since 1995, written Illinois appellate and Supreme Court briefs, and argued before the Illinois appellate court on multiple occasions.

Aneri Shah

Associate at Faegre Drinker

Ms. Shah assists with commercial real estate transactions and land use planning and development. Before joining the firm, she clerked for the Honorable Stuart A. Minkowitz, Assignment Judge for the Superior Court of New Jersey, from August 2021 through August 2022. During her clerkship, Ms. Shah facilitated in resolving actions in lieu of prerogative writs, including challenges to land use and development applications and local zoning ordinances, and assisted with condemnation/eminent domain cases. While in law school, she served as a legal intern with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. Notably, she supported assistant U.S. attorneys in a health care fraud case by researching and reviewing relevant case studies and preparing memoranda to further support the investigation. Ms. Shah also completed two judicial externships. She first worked for the Honorable Michael A. Shipp, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and then for the Honorable Esther Salas, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. In both positions, Ms. Shah assisted the judges in drafting orders and opinions in connection with motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment. She also performed research on procedural and substantive federal and state laws.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Illinois Eminent Domain Law for Building Professionals

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This three-hour course provides an analysis of eminent domain powers in Illinois and its effects on the building professions. The course will focus on the condemnation process for both government and quasi-public use, as well as inverse condemnation claims. The course also discusses current issues related to eminent domain, such as just compensation, valuation, and private uses.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to reference and discuss the source and historical exercise of eminent domain powers, as well as the Illinois Eminent Domain Act, as it relates to building professionals.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and analyze different types of eminent domain takings, such as public and quasi-public, and discuss the privatization of eminent domain.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe the condemnation process for government, utilities and quasi-public uses, including the hearing, right of appeal and the valuation of property taken.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to recognize a taking by inverse condemnation, understand the process for bringing a claim for inverse condemnation and the possible defenses to such claims.

LUs: 3.0                                                                                             LU Type: LU|HSWs.


Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/21/2026

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.