After serving the Village for nearly 21 years, Winnetka Village Attorney Kathy Janega will retire on June 30. Kathy became Winnetka’s first in-house counsel in 1998, after previously serving as Village Attorney while a partner at the Chicago firm of Rosenthal. Murphey, Coblentz and Janega.
During Kathy's tenure in Winnetka, she served under six Village Councils. In that time, she developed the legal framework to support implementation of significant Village laws and policies, including home rule, planned unit development, telecommunications, hands-free cell phone ban, construction and demolition recycling, liquor licensing, ethics, and establishment of a stormwater utility. In addition, the Village benefitted from her expertise in issues relating to local government, municipal utility, and land-use law, as well as her successful defense of the Village in State and federal court cases
Kathy has been a valuable professional resource for the Village Council, lower boards and commissions, and Village Staff, sharing her experience and knowledge, negotiating agreements, and improving key legal instruments. Prior to serving as Village Attorney, Kathy received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law (Chicago) in 1977, and held a judicial clerkship for an Illinois Appellate Court Judge before entering private practice in 1980.