Meet the Candidates

A large part of the Caucus' year involves vetting and slating candidates for openings on Winnetka's four governing Boards - Village Council, Parks, Library, and Schools - and placing them on the Illinois Spring Ballot. 

Here are this year's Candidates.

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Kim handler
Village Trustee

Kim Handler is a CPA with a BA in Economics and Finance from University of Illinois and a Masters in Accountancy from DePaul University. She began her career at Price Waterhouse, then served as a Financial Officer with Kraft Foods responsible for finance, accounting and administrative functions at Worldwide R&D, and as VP of Finance for Strategic Hotel Capital.


Handler’s volunteer efforts include the boards of the Northwestern University Settlement House and Juvenile Protective Association, and numerous D36, church and neighborhood associations. She is a founding member of Your Winnetka, and an editor of Spot Checks, the organization’s newsletter.


Handler has served the Winnetka Caucus Council as Village and Schools committees Chair, Communications Chair, and Caucus Chair.


She is presently a Commissioner on Winnetka’s Zoning Board of Appeals and ZBA’s liaison to the Planned Development Commission.


Commissioner Handler brings to Village Council broad financial skills including financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, capital expenditure planning, and retirement planning, and believes that “at the end of the day, all policy decisions have financial implications; I will bring the financial skills to ask the right questions, analyze and understand these implications.”


Kim and her husband Tom have lived in Winnetka for 35 years, and raised their three children here, all of whom attended D36 and New Trier.

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Kate Casale
village Trustee (alternate)

Kate Casale MacNally earned a BA in Psychology and a JD from The University of Chicago.

Casale MacNally practiced commercial real estate law, and briefly worked as a legal recruiter. Following the birth of her first child, she stepped away from law to raise her family.

Since moving to Winnetka 4 ½ years ago, Casale MacNally has served on the Winnetka Caucus Council as a member and Chair, the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District Board of Trustees, and the Willow Wood Preschool Board of Directors as Digital Communications Manager, Registrar, and President.

She is presently a Commissioner on Winnetka's Zoning Board of Appeals, serves on the Greeley Elementary PTO, and is a class parent for her daughter’s kindergarten.

Prior to moving to Winnetka, Casale MacNally volunteered extensively on the board of Step Up, a non-profit that helps girls from underserved communities become college-bound, and career-ready, and as an alumna volunteer for The College and The Law School at The University of Chicago.


Casale MacNally believes “a community only works if all who are able and interested use their skills, talents, and gifts for the betterment of the whole.”


Kate and her husband Andrew are the proud parents of two daughters, one in kindergarten at Greeley Elementary School, and another at Willow Wood Preschool.