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"What constitutes an American? Not color nor race nor religion. Not the pedigree of his family nor the place of his birth. Not the coincidence of his citizenship. Not his social status nor his bank account. Not his trade nor his profession. An American is one who loves justice and believes in the dignity of man. An American is one who will fight for his freedom and that of his neighbor."
- Harold Ickes 


You Can Make a Difference!

The Caucus Council is a strong forum for defining and developing platforms on current issues and selecting the candidates for the Village Council and School, Library and Park Boards. 

Each Caucus Council member can serve for up to four consecutive years, and is assigned to one Major Committee (Village Candidates, Village Platforms, Schools, Parks, Library) and one Standing Committee (Finance & Fundraising, Communications, Rules, New Trier Nominators in even years).

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The time commitment for a Caucus Council Volunteer averages about 2 hours per week.

  1. Attend Caucus Meetings

    • Spring & Fall Caucus Council Meetings

    • Spring & Fall Town Hall Meetings

  2. Serve on two Caucus Committees, each meeting typically once a month

  3. Attend appropriate Board Meetings (shared duty among all committee members)

  4. Be visible in your District - Listen to you neighbors, recruit new members and raise funds

  5. If a Committee Chair, attend Executive Committee Meetings once each month


Village Council

The Village Council serves as the legislative body of the Village, incorporating input from Village citizens into its decisions.  The Trustee are responsible for duties listed in the Winnetka Village Code including but not limited to advising and consenting on appointments of Village officers and agents, supervising village operations, finances, taxes, and reviewing applications for business licenses, and zoning. This is a part time to full time commitment and without compensation (volunteer). 

Library Board

In 1884, the Winnetka Public Library was established to serve the intellectual, cultural, and recreational needs of the community. The library converted from a village department to a separate governmental unit in 1974 in order to include Northfield in its tax supported service area. While Kenilworth is not part of the Library District, its residents have been served through a contractual agreement since 1984.

Parks Board

The Winnetka Park District is a unit of local government, duly organized on September 22, 1903, under an act of the General Assembly of the State of Illinois.  February 4, 1904, marks the first meeting of the Park District Board of Commissioners.  The Winnetka Park District covers 4.8 square miles in northern Cook County adjacent to Lake Michigan.  It includes the Village of Winnetka and portions of the Village of Glencoe and the Village of Northfield, as well as some unincorporated areas. The Park District's population is approximately 14,500.

School Board

The first public school in Winnetka, Illinois was opened on October 1, 1859 on the corner of Maple and Elm Streets. Known as District #2 School, the one-room structure sat on the present-day Village Green and held 25 students. It was forced to move ten years later when, in 1869, Charles Peck donated the Village Green to Winnetka for park purposes and stipulated that no structures ever be built on the land. The same year, Winnetka was incorporated as a village with a population of 450. The Winnetka Public Schools District 36 is proud to celebrate 150 years of public education in our community.

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