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Aurora Housing Authority attorneys resign

Updated: January 3, 2013 9:02PM

AURORA — The longtime law firm which represented the Aurora Housing Authority is severing ties with the agency, officials confirmed this week.

AHA Executive Director Keith Gregory said the Chicago-based firm Soule, Bradtke & Lambert submitted its resignation on Dec. 20 “for reasons that they felt were in the best interest of both themselves and the AHA.”

The Housing Authority had not indicated any intention of terminating the contract, Gregory said. The firm served as attorney for the AHA for about 20 years.

“Their passion, expertise and commitment to the AHA is greatly appreciated and will be sorely missed,” Gregory said.

In the past four years, the firm was paid more than $490,000 by the AHA according to Gregory.

The firm’s resignation follows the end of a three-month legal battle between the city and the AHA. In December, a Kane County judge ruled in the city’s favor, settling an ongoing dispute about Aurora Housing Authority board appointments.

Kane County Judge Thomas Mueller ruled that the city had the authority to replace Housing Authority board members Bill Burns and Al Schuler. The new members named by Mayor Tom Weisner, Shauna Wiet and Scott Voris, now have been seated on the board.

Attorney Jennifer Soule also represented the Housing Authority during an ongoing controversy over a possible housing rebuild at the Jericho Circle public housing complex site on the city’s southwest side. Weisner opposed a rebuild at the site.

Soule’s departure follows the departure of much of the team which originally pushed for redevelopment at the site. In July 2012, the Housing Authority ended an agreement with California-based CG Partners, the developer slated to redevelop housing at Jericho Circle.

Former Virginia-based AHA consultant Patrice McGinn is also no longer working with the Housing Authority, and former AHA Executive Director Jean Federman retired last year.

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