Lee Daniels

Office: 630.530.7070

Mobile: 630.363.7070
Email: lee@leedaniels.com



Lee A. Daniels is a businessman, civic leader, advocate and former Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.  He practiced law with the Chicago law firm of Bell Boyd & Lloyd, where he was an equity partner, from 1992-2006.  Mr. Daniels served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1975-2007, was Speaker of the House from 1995-1997, and served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois from 1971-1974.  Mr. Daniels founded Lee Daniels & Associates, LLC in February 2007, a consulting firm for government and community relations.  He serves on the Board of Directors for Inland Real Estate Income Trust, Inc., where he is the Lead Independent Director, and the Board of Trustees at Kite Realty Group Trust.

Mr. Daniels currently volunteers as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Haymarket Center, Chicago, and served as Chairman of the College of DuPage Presidential Search Committee.


Mr. Daniels is a graduate of the University of Iowa and earned a law degree from John Marshall Law School. He has received numerous honors including an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Elmhurst College where he serves as a Distinguished Fellow.


     Professional Experience  

  • Lee Daniels & Associates, LLC consulting firm for Government and Community Relations
  • Real Estate
    • Inland Real Estate Income Trust, Inc.2012-Present
      • Board of Directors
      • Lead Independent Director
      • Chairman, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
      • Member, Audit Committee
    • Kite Realty Group Trust 2014-Present
      • Board of Trustees
      • Member, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee
  • Inland Diversified Real Estate Trust, Inc. 2008-2014
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker – Illinois 2007 - April 2012 
  • Attorney at Law - retired
    • Lee Daniels & Associates, LLC 2007-2020
    • Bell Boyd & Lloyd – Equity Partner 1992-2006
    • Katten Muchin & Zavis – Equity Partner 1982-1991
    • Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Illinois 1971-1974
    • Daniels & Faris – Equity Partner 1967-1982
  • Elmhurst College, Elmhurst Illinois
    • Senior Advisor to the President 2011-2018
    • Distinguished Fellow, Political Science Department 2010-2018

     Public and Elected Office     

  • Illinois House of Representatives - 1975-2007
  • Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives 1995-1997
  • Republican Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives 1983-2003
  • Chairman Illinois Republican Party 2001-2002
  • President National Conference of State Legislatures Foundation Board 1992
  • President National Conference of State Legislatures 1991
  • President National Republican Legislatures Association 1991
  • Member Executive Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures 1983-1992
  • Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois 1971-1974
  • York Township Board of Auditors 1966-1972

     Community Activities  

  • College of Dupage Presidential Search Committee Chairman 2015-2016
  • Haymarket Center Board of Directors 2010-Present
    • Chairman, 2014-Present
  • Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Board of Trustees 1991-2013
  • Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Board of Governors 1990-2013 
  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation Board 1980-1984; 2013
  • Seguin Services Capital Campaign Chairman 2006-2010
  • Suburban Bank and Trust Company of Elmhurst Board of Directors 1994-1996
  • Elmhurst Federal Savings and Loan Association Board of Directors 1991-1994
  • DuPage Easter Seals Board of Directors 1970-1973

     Education and Professional Honors  

  • John Marshall Law School JD 1967
  • University of Iowa BA 1965
  • Elmhurst College Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business Administration 2012
  • Elmhurst College Distinguished Fellow 2010-2018
  • Daniels Hall Elmhurst College March 2008
  • Lee A Daniels Pavilion Berens Park, Elmhurst Park District 2005
  • Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce Civic Hall of Fame 1999
  • University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award 1997
  • Elmhurst College Honorary Doctor of Laws 1996
  • John Marshall Law School Distinguished Alumni Award 1995
  • Elmhurst College Distinguished Public Service Award 1988


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