Chrissie Peterson

Practice Groups:

Aviation & Airports

Business and Commercial Litigation

Employment & Labor

Environmental Law


Office Locations:

Peoria, IL

Phone: 309.676.0400

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  • Juris Doctor, Southern Illinois University, 2003
  • Bachelor of Arts-Political Science and Sociology, Knox College, 1998

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Heyl Royster



Chrissie Peterson (Of Counsel)


Chrissie's practice is focused on government law, representing municipalities and other public entities in a broad range of issues, including administrative and regulatory law, the operation and governance of critical services, infrastructure construction and financing, council procedures, tax increment financing and economic development. Before joining Heyl Royster, Chrissie served as the City Attorney for Canton, Illinois for seven years where she managed all legal aspects of a municipal corporation.

While at the City of Canton, Chrissie managed all of the municipal ordinance prosecutions, including code enforcement and demolition, was responsible for giving guidance on the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Acts to all City departments, committees and subcommittees and drafted or structured construction contracts, franchise agreements and utility infrastructure contracts. She was responsible for drafting resolutions, ordinances and policy updates, collaborating with various City departments, as necessary. Chrissie also was responsible for managing the legal aspects of economic development, including real estate transactions, grant applications and agreements, tax increment finance agreements, utility extension agreements and development agreements. Chrissie handled matters before various state and federal administrative agencies on the City's behalf, including the Illinois Commerce Commission, the Illinois Human Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Chrissie also practices in the environmental field and has experience negotiating Highway Authority Agreements and has defended claims before the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. She has been successful negotiating Compliance Commitment Agreements and obtaining No Further Remediation letters on her client's behalf. She has worked with the Illinois and United States E.P.A. on multiple aspects of Brownfield redevelopment. Most notably, Chrissie worked to help Canton ready a Brownfield site for the location of a multi-national medical manufacturing facility that opened in 2009 and a high-tech polymer facility that opened in 2010.

Her experience with the City of Canton has given Chrissie a comprehensive approach to municipal law.

Chrissie joined Heyl Royster in 2013. She began her legal career in 2003 with an insurance defense firm in Springfield, Illinois where she concentrated in worker's compensation and civil litigation.

Significant Cases

  • City of Cuba v. City of Canton et al., 2011 IL App (3d) 110066-U - Successfully defended a challenge by the Plaintiff municipality who sought to declare a water purchase agreement between the parties to be a buyer's option rather than a requirements contract. The Appellate Court agreed with the Defendant's position that the plain language of the contract was clear and required the City of Cuba to purchase all of its water from the City of Canton for the duration of the Contract. The decision effectively guaranteed that the plaintiff would purchase all of its potable water from the City of Canton until 2047.
  • City of Canton v. Village of Banner, 9th Judicial Circuit, 2007 - Successfully obtained an injunction against the Village of Banner to prevent the defendant from arbitrarily imposing seasonal weight limits on the roadway. The injunction allowed the City of Canton and its contractors to access construction site property along the Illinois River and proceed with a multi-million dollar collector well project.


  • Administrative Adjudication Hearing Officer for Municipal Ordinance Violations


  • "Cyber Liability for Park Districts," Illinois Parks Association Risk Services Newsletter (2016) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Using Social Media in Investigations and Litigation”
    The Institutes CPCU Society Annual Meeting 2016
  • “Exercise More: Running for (Re)Election?”
    Heyl Royster Governmental Seminar 2016
  • “Managing Waiting Lists, Tenant Screenings, Information Hearings and How to Prepare for Evictions”
    National Association of Housing Redevelopment Officials Annual Conference 2016
  • “Electronic Communications: Tips for Navigating Technology When It Moves Faster Than the Law”
    Heyl Royster Education Seminar 2016
  • “iGovern – Technology Use in the Public Sector”
    IAPD/IPRA "Soaring to New Heights" Conference 2016
  • “Safety Audits – Compliance with OSHA and other safety standards – ‘Do they apply to my business?’”
    Heyl Royster “Avoiding Litigation” Seminar, Peoria 2016
  • “Updates on Conceal Carry in Illinois”
    Illinois Municipal League Annual Conference 2015
  • “Family and Medical Leave Act and The ADA: Interactive Process”
    Illinois Association of County Officials 2015
  • “Identity Theft and Local Utilities”
    Illinois Rural Water Association 11th Annual Northern Conference 2015
  • “Family and Medical Leave”
    Illinois County Treasurers’ Association 2015
  • “Medical Cannabis & Concealed Carry”
    Springfield Chamber of Commerce 2015
  • “Cyber Liability for the Public Body”
    Heyl Royster's 30th Annual Claims Handling Seminar 2015
  • “Construction Contracts in Township Government”
    Township Officials of Illinois 2014
  • “Medical Cannabis: A Primer For Employers and Governmental Entities”
    Heyl Royster Lunch & Learn Seminar/Webinar 2014
  • “Prevailing Wage and House Bill #924”
    American Public Works Association, Illinois Chapter Conference 2014
  • “Liability Issues Training”
    McDonough County, Illinois Sheriff's Office 2014
  • “Bonds and Insurance in Public Construction Contracts”
    Lorman Public Contracts and Procurement, East Peoria and Springfield 2013
  • “Synthetic Drug Ordinances”
    Town Hall Meeting, Canton, Illinois 2013
  • “Perception vs. Reality: Economic Development of Brownfields”
    Brownfield Workshop, Pekin, Illinois 2011

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association (Local Government Law Section Council, 2015-)
  • Peoria County Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois

Community Involvement

  • Canton Family YMCA Board Member
  • Lincoln School Supporters
  • Volunteer for the Fulton-Mason Crisis Service, Emcee of Annual Dinner Auction