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Council Information

gv-2019-village-council-img-20190501Village Council Members

All members of the Council are elected for two year terms, with the Trustees being elected at large and serving staggered terms. The Village President presides at Council meetings, serves as the Council spokesperson and provides leadership to the Village Council. The Council functions under well-defined rules which spell out responsibilities and procedures. The Village Council serves as the policy making body of the Village, incorporating input from Village citizens into its decisions. The Council meets as a committee of the whole, but relies upon a wide range of boards and commissions to assist in meeting the needs of citizens of the Village.

Below is a list of the current Village Council, including their position, contact information, and terms. You may also contact the Council by email at

Council Member Position Phone Term Email
Chris Rintz President 847-716-3541 05/01/2021
Andrew Cripe Trustee 847-441-8055 05/01/2021
Penny Lanphier Trustee 847-441-8995 05/01/2020
Bob Dearborn Trustee 847-446-2961 05/01/2021
Jack Coladarci Trustee 847-784-1623 05/01/2021
John Swierk Trustee 847-446-6460 5/1/2020
Rob Apatoff Trustee 847-716-3541 5/1/2022


Village Council Mission

The Athenian Oath, over 2,000 years old, is still a cornerstone that guides Winnetka’s public leaders, under a timeless code of civic responsibility. The Oath is prominently displayed on the north wall of the Village Hall Council Chambers as a reminder of the duties involved in governance. The quote below is the “Oath of Youths Coming of Age at Athens,” as quoted in Joannes Stobeaus’ Anthology:

“We will never bring disgrace to this our city, by any act of dishonesty or cowardice, nor ever desert our suffering comrades in the ranks; we will fight for the ideals and sacred things of the city, both alone and with many; we will revere and obey the city’s laws and do our best to incite a like respect in those above us who are prone to annul or set them at naught; we will strive unceasingly to quicken the public’s sense of civic duty; thus in all these ways we will transmit this city not only not less, but greater, and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”


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