Mundelein names Kelly Cahill the new village attorney

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    Kelly A. Cahill

Posted8/27/2019 5:23 AM

For the first time in nearly 47 years, Mundelein officials have chosen a new attorney to advise and represent them on most municipal issues.

Kelly A. Cahill, a lawyer with the Crystal Lake-based Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle firm, was selected for the prominent post Monday night by the village board.


Cahill replaces Charles Marino, who served Mundelein from December 1972 until this past April, when he resigned as village attorney in favor of a limited consulting role.

At Mayor Steve Lentz's invitation, Cahill took a seat on the dais after the vote to hire her.

"We're very excited," Lentz said. "Now we can cue the jokes about having to be here for 40 years like the last guy."

Cahill will receive a monthly retainer of $9,250 and will be paid $185 an hour for billable work she performs for Mundelein, documents indicate.

She'll charge the village $290 per hour for other legal services.

Cahill, a Crystal Lake resident, specializes in employment law, municipal law and local government law, her online biography states. In addition to Mundelein, she represents Algonquin and Deer Park.

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She also counsels the planning and zoning boards in McHenry and Genoa.

Marino was honored by the village board for his service at his final meeting in April.

Over the duration of his decades serving Mundelein, Marino represented six mayors, six village clerks and 40 trustees, documents indicate.

Former mayors Marilyn Sindles and Colin McRae were in the audience for the event.

"We're so appreciative of Charlie Marino's service," Lentz said that night.

Mundelein hasn't been operating without a lawyer since Marino scaled back his professional responsibilities.

Larry LaLuzerne, who handles criminal prosecutions for Mundelein, temporarily filled the role for the past few months.

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