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The Village of Winnetka is a municipal body, incorporated in 1869, that operates under the Council-Manager form of government. It is governed by the Village Council, which consists of an elected Village President and six Trustees, whose duties are outlined in the Village Charter and Illinois State Statutes. All members of the Village Council are elected for two-year terms, with Trustees elected at-large and serving staggered terms. As the elected representatives of Winnetka, the Village Council sets Village policy through the adoption of ordinances, resolutions, motions and budgets.

The Village Council has adopted Procedural Guidelines related to the conduct of its meetings to help ensure the following goals are achieved:

  • that the public is fully informed of all actions taken by the Village Council;
  • that the Village Council’s deliberations and decision-making are fair and open;
  • that members of the Village Council remain accessible to the citizens of the Village and receive their opinions and concerns with respect;
  • that those who speak at Village Council meetings respect the time, opinions and rights of others; and
  • that order is maintained at all meetings of the Village Council.

Follow the links to read the rest of the Village Council Procedural Guidelines or to read the Public Comment Guidelines.

Form of Government

The Council-Manager form of government, as recognized by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), combines policy leadership from elected Village Council with the professional experience of an appointed Village Manager. The elected body hires a professional manager to implement its policies. Ultimately, the Manager serves at the pleasure of the Council and his duties include:

  • Preparing the annual budget;
  • Overseeing day-to-day operations in the Village’s six departments;
  • Recruiting, hiring, and supervising Village staff;
  • And serving as the Council’s adviser.

Village Manager

Winnetka’s current Village Manager is Robert M. Bahan, who was appointed in 2010.

The Village Manager serves as the Chief Administrator and is responsible for the management and operation of all departments of the Village.  The manager oversees the implementation of Village Council directives and serves as Village Clerk. The immediate staff consists of an Assistant Village Manager and Executive Assistant.

The Village Manager's office ensures effective interdepartmental communication and operations and coordinates participation in numerous Village-wide functions.  This staff is dedicated to treating each individual as a valued customer and endeavors to respond in a friendly, professional, and prompt manner to all comments, questions, and feedback received and are also responsible for other administrative functions, including:

Contact Information Hours
510 Green Bay Road
Second Floor
Monday – Friday
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Village Attorney

Winnetka’s Village Attorney is appointed by the Village President, with the approval of the Trustees and serves as the attorney for the Village, its elected/appointed officials, as well as Village boards and commissions. The Village Attorney drafts proposed ordinances, monitors any legal proceedings involving the Village, provides opinions on legal questions, and attends meetings of the Village Council. The current Village Attorney is Peter M. Friedman of Holland & Knight, LLP, who was appointed in 2014.

The Village’s Prosecutor is Barbara Mangler. Her contact number is 847-933-8270.

Village Clerk

The office of the Village Clerk provides many important services to Winnetka residents. The Village Clerk is appointed by the Village Council and attends all meetings of the Village Council. The Village Clerk is the custodian of the Village Seal and is the keeper of the Village records which include meeting minutes and ordinances dating back to the 1800s, resolutions, proclamations and agreements of the Village Council and the Village Code of Ordinances.

Foremost among the programs offered is the office’s election services, with the primary goal of providing convenience to voting. Winnetka residents can register to vote in the Village Clerk's Office.

Foreclosure Notification

The Village Clerk’s office also receives notices of foreclosure in accordance with 735 ILCS 5/15-1503(b). Notices of foreclosure should be mailed to:

Robert M. Bahan
Village Clerk
Winnetka Village Hall
510 Green Bay Road
Winnetka, IL 60093


Government Resources

The Village of Winnetka is located in Cook County, Illinois. The Village is also part of New Trier Township and is bordered by the communities of Glencoe, Kenilworth, Northfield, and Wilmette. Residents of Winnetka are locally represented by members of the Village Council.

In June 2011, legislative redistricting based on the 2010 U.S. Census was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. Most of Winnetka was moved from the 10th to the 9th Congressional District, though a very small portion of the Village remains in the 10th District (Scott Street EAST of Green Bay Road and Old Green Bay Road). The Village continues to be in the 18th State House District and the 9th State Senate District.

Contact information for these other government resources is listed below:


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