WHO WE ARE

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 68-member 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.

 

 
OUR HISTORY

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.

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CHAIR - Elijah Wilde

Elijah and his family have been Winnetka residents since 2016. His twin boys attend Crow Island School, and for the past 20 years he has been the president of a large staffing organization. 

VICE CHAIR - Andrew Cittadine

Andrew and his family moved to Winnetka four years ago. He has two boys in Winnetka public schools and leads a medical imaging technology company.

TREASURER - 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. 

SECRETARY - Elijah Wilde

MAJOR COMMITTEES

VILLAGE - Brett Williamson

Brett and his family have lived in Winnetka since 2016.  He has three children, two of which currently attend Winnetka Public Schools.  Brett works as a family law attorney at The Stogsdill Law Firm where he has been employed since 2006.  Brett practices family law in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, Kane and Kendall counties.

 

SCHOOLS - Kirby Doonan

Kirby and her family have lived in Winnetka since 2010.  She has 3 children who attend the Winnetka Public Schools.  Kirby works full time as a school social worker in the Niles Township High Schools District 219 where she has been an employee since 2005.  

 

PARKS - Bill Murphy

Bill is a retired teacher and a 28-year Winnetka resident. He was elected to two terms on the Winnetka Park Board, and served on both the Winnetka Zoning Board and the New Trier Education 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.

COMMUNICATIONS - Paul Cushman

Paul is a digital media consultant and he and his family moved to Winnetka in 2018 from Silicon Valley, where he worked at Yahoo! and various ad tech startups.

RULES - Mark Dalla Valle

Mark and his family have been Winnetka residents since 2001.  His daughters and son attended Crow Island, Skokie, Washburne and New Trier High School. Mark is a practicing patent attorney serving clients in Silicon Valley and locally.

FINANCE AND FUNDRAISING - 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. 

NEW TRIER NOMINATORS - Angelique Burbach

RESOURCES

BYLAWS

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

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WCC VOLUNTEER ROSTER

Here is a  list of current members and their committee assignment

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DISTRICT MAP

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

 

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"The aim of this Caucus is to bring together a representative body of citizens, fairly harmonious with respect to policies in order that a ticket of fit candidates, standing for those policies, may be presented to the voters."

1925 Caucus Council Platform

CONTACT US

Winnetka Caucus Council

PO Box 311 

Winnetka, IL 60093

224.360.0827

hello@winnetkacaucus.org

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