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All voting-age residents of the Village of Winnetka, the Winnetka Parks District, the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District and the Winnetka D36 School District are members of the Winnetka Caucus.


The Winnetka Caucus Council (WCC) is a non-partisan group of volunteers who represent the Caucus and serve as a liaison between its residents and the four Boards that comprise Winnetka's government - Village Council, Parks, Schools, and Library. Four residents from each of Winnetka's 16 districts, and up to four at-large members serve on the Council for up to three consecutive years. 

Each Caucus Council member serves on one Major Committee (Village Candidates, Village Platforms, Schools, Parks, Library) and one Standing Committee (Finance & Fundraising, Communications, Rules, New Trier Nominators in even years).

More information about how the Winnetka Caucus works can be found on our list of Frequently Asked Questions.



In 1915, a group of leaders "grieving over the nonsense of municipal elections in which, except for personalities, there were no real issues", organized what today is the Caucus Council.  It's been over a century since Winnetka officially adopted the Caucus form of non-partisan self-government where everyone who has a vote has a voice. 

2015 marked the 100 year anniversary of Winnetka Caucus Council.

Learn more about  the fascinating history and famous families of the Winnetka at the Winnetka Historical Society website.

Read about the state of the Caucus system on the North Shore in 1976 in an article by Clarice Stetter, then editor for the Illinois Voter and the Suburban Tribune.



CHAIR: Ramon Garcia

Ramon Garcia is a lifelong resident of Winnetka who attended Hubbard Woods, Skokie, Washburne, and New Trier. He currently manages an internal medicine practice in Logan Square. This is Ramon’s second year on the Caucus Council.

VICE-CHAIR: Angelique Burbach

Angelique and her family have lived in Winnetka for 12 years. This is her second time on the Winnetka Caucus Council.  Her twin boys are seniors at New Trier High School and will graduate in May 2020.  She teaches German at New Trier Extension and the College of Lake County. 

TREASURER: Bridget Lewis

Bridget Lewis is a seven-year resident of Winnetka. As a mom and former teacher, Bridget is interested in the Winnetka schools. 


VILLAGE: Todd Vender

Todd grew up in Winnetka and moved back with his family in 2013. His wife, Jeannine, is involved in the Winnetka Public School Foundation. They have three children attending three Winnetka Public Schools. Todd serves on Winnetka’s Zoning Board of Appeals and is a co-founder of Blackbird Investment Group, a value-oriented real estate firm investing across the United States.


SCHOOLS: Peter Eatherton

Peter and his family have lived in Winnetka since 2010. He has three children that attend Winnetka public schools. Peter is an attorney and educator.

PARKS: Kristin Kalter

Kristin and her family have lived in Winnetka since 2002.  She and her husband have two children who are currently in college, both of whom attended Winnetka Public Schools. Kristin is an executive at a Chicago-based asset management firm and has been an active volunteer within the community. This is Kristin’s third year on the Village Caucus.

LIBRARY: Peter Tyor

Peter and Hilary Tyor have lived in Winnetka for ten years. Both are retired and involved in civic and arts organizations as they had been in Kenilworth for thirty years.

standing committeeS

The Standing Committees include the Fundraising, Rules, Communications and New Trier Township High School Caucus Nominators Committee (in even numbered years).  The Standing Committees handle the day-to-day operations of the WCC.


A former two-term Winnetka Village Trustee, Scott has lived in Winnetka since 1985. He is a founder and Co-Director of the Winnetka Music Festival - AKA Emerge Winnetka - and previously served on Winnetka's Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. This is Scott’s second year on the Winnetka Caucus Council.

RULES: Laura DeMoor

Laura DeMoor has lived in Winnetka for 2 years. She moved here with her husband and Shi Tzu after living in Chicago’s Roscoe Village for almost 20 years. Laura works as a patent attorney for Baxter Healthcare Corporation.  


Bridget Lewis is a seven-year resident of Winnetka. As a mom and former teacher, Bridget is interested in the Winnetka schools.





Please review the Policies and Procedures of the Winnetka Caucus Council (Revised 11/2019)

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Here is a  list of current members and their committee assignment

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Please check out Winnetka's Distrip map to see in which Caucus district you belong.


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