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Keith Staats

  • Adjunct Professor
  • J.D. Chicago-Kent College of Law; B.A. Millikin University​​​

​​Keith Staats is an attorney who has been involved in state and local tax for over 30 years. Keith is the Executive Director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Tax Institute.  He previously was a director in Grant Thornton's State and Local Tax (SALT) practice in Chicago, where he was involved in tax planning, consulting, and dispute resolution in all areas of state and local taxation.  Keith was Counsel at McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago where he specialized in multistate tax planning, consulting and litigation. Keith served as general counsel of the Illinois Department of Revenue, and was on the legal staff of the Illinois Department of Revenue for 10 years.  Prior to joining the Illinois Department of Revenue, Keith was the Assistant Director of the staff of the Illinois General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.

 Professional Affiliations: 

  • Chicago Bar Association State and Local Tax Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association State and Local Tax Section Council
  • Illinois CPA Society State and Local Tax Committee, former Chair
  • Chicago Tax Club