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Our calendar will be updated throughout the year as additional meetings and communications are planned.




Executive Council Meeting

August 22





2016 Caucus
Village Council Trustee Candidates
Interviewees List
Published August 15, 2016

Tim Cawley
Blackthorn Rd
Andrew B. Cripe
Maple St
Robert Dearborn
Arbor Vitae Rd
Debbie Guillod
Forest Glen Dr N
Scott Myers
Church Rd

Seeking candidates for
Village President, Village Trustee, 
and Library, Parks and Schools Boards
The Winnetka Caucus Council is actively seeking candidates to serve as Village President, Village Trustee or members of the Library, Parks or Schools boards.  We will be contacting potential candidates this summer to schedule interviews.
If you are interested in serving, or would like to recommend someone, please click on the link below to provide basic contact information to us.   We want to be sure we are able to contact everyone who is interested or recommended, so please be prepared to provide the best email and phone number for this purpose.


Dear Winnetka Voters,

The Winnetka Caucus would like to congratulate Penny Lanphier, Chris Rintz and Kristen Ziv on their recent success in the Winnetka Trustee election.  

This election addressed a lot of important issues and all involved should be proud of their efforts.

More importantly, we would like to thank all the voters of Winnetka. Your participation in elections is essential in our Village's ability to continue to move forward. Thank you all. 

There have been a lot of things said about the Caucus recently, some true and some not, and we are sure some of you have questions. The best way to learn about the Caucus is to participate. All Winnetkans are encouraged to join the Caucus. 

Finally, as you just saw, the election for Village Trustee is very important. We are always looking for potential candidates. If you know someone who may be interested, please let us know. If you yourself are interested, we'd love to hear from you. The more potential candidates we have the better for the village.

Once again, congratulations to the new Village Trustee elects and thanks to all those who participated in voting.  

We look forward to working together for our Village's continued growth and success!



2015 marked the 100-year anniversary
of a unique form of non-partisan democracy known as

The Winnetka Caucus

What is The Winnetka Caucus?

The Winnetka Caucus system was founded in 1915, to gather and apply resident input to the Village, Parks, Schools, and Library districts. All voting-age residents of theVillageofWinnetkaare members of the Caucus.

What is the Winnetka Caucus Council?

The Winnetka Caucus Council (WCC) is the representative body of the Winnetka Caucus, comprised of volunteers from our community.

It is the primary conduit for all residents to express their opinions through brief surveys on pending Village policy decisions, and a broad annual survey on important Village issues.

Survey results and public comments are reported to the local governing Boards – Village Council, Parks, Schools, Library, and New Trier High School.

How does the Winnetka Caucus Council interface with the Winnetka Caucus?

The WCC hosts two annual town meetings. At the Spring Open Meeting, local Board Presidents report on current issues and progress with Caucus Platform implementation. At the Annual Town Meeting, candidates for local office are vetted and slated for election, and survey platforms are discussed and approved.

Who Serves on the Winnetka Caucus Council?

The WCC is comprised of up to 68 volunteer Members from our community. Each Member serves a term of up to 3 years in duration. Any voting-age resident who has lived in Winnetkafor over 1 year, or lives within the Winnetka Park District or Winnetka-Northfield Library District, is eligible to serve. Terms are staggered in order to continually bring in fresh ideas and talents, while retaining a degree of continuity. If you wish to serve on the WCC, please let us know by visiting our website at


 The Winnetka Caucus Council, while maintaining a modest budget, operates exclusively from the generous donations of Winnetka residents – no tax dollars are spent!

To honor the 100-Year Anniversary, we are asking residents to consider a gift of $100 (or any amount) to support this outstanding grassroots tradition that gives us all a voice in Village civic matters. To make an online donation, please go to our website homepage and click the Donate button in the bottom left hand corner.

Or, send your check to: Winnetka Caucus Council,PO Box 311,Winnetka,Il60093.

 Thank you for your support!

The 2015 Winnetka Caucus Council would like thank the following for their generous donations. Ben Armstrong, Henry and Elizabeth Baby, Lyle Banks. Elizabeth Cocciarelli, Jerry Conner, Dan and Maureen Connolly, Chuck and Jane Dowding, Tom and Mary Flocco, Jim and Beth Fritz, Steve and Joanne Hudson, Nancy and Jim Marcus, David and Kim Mulligan, Scott Myers, Philip Nielsen, Mike and Laurie Petersen, Mark Rapponotti, Jean Sampson and numerous anonymous donors.