Joe Hooker

Adjunct Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning

JD, MUP, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1977, 1991

Room 111 Temple Buell Hall 611 Taft Drive
Champaign IL 61820

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Joseph Hooker received a juris doctorate in 1977 and a Master's Degree in Urban Planning in 1991 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked as a planner for the City of Urbana, Illinois and was a municipal attorney with the City of Champaign, Illinois from May of 1996 until his retirement from that position in December of 2016. As a municipal attorney, he provided legal advice to the City's Planning Department, its Plan Commission, and its Zoning Board of Appeals. He was also the primary attorney for the City in its role as lead agency for a colition of local governments in Central Illinois that successfully opposed the citing of a toxic substances landfill near Clinton, Illinois, over the Mahomet Aquifer, and that successfully petitioned the U.S. EPA for a Sole Source Aquifer designation for the Aquifer. He has presented on numerous topics at planning and legal seminars in Illinois, including the law of eminent domain, the law of nuisance abatement, and the law of annexation agreements. He has continued to participate in various grass roots efforts to enhance protections of the Mahomet Aquifer and to address other environmental concerns in the region.

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