Winnetka Caucus Explained
What is a Caucus?
A “caucus” is commonly defined as a meeting, of persons belonging to a common group, to nominate candidates for public office, or to confer regarding measures of policy.
What is The Winnetka Caucus?
All voting-age residents of the Village of Winnetka are members of the Winnetka caucus.
What is the Winnetka Caucus Council?
The Winnetka Caucus Council (WCC) is the representative body of the Winnetka Caucus. It is a non-partisan democratic system founded in 1915 to gather and apply resident input to the governance.
Is Winnetka Caucus Council a political party?
No, WCC is not affiliated with any political parties.
What is the Winnetka Caucus Council comprised of?
The WCC comprises of up to 68 volunteers from the community, represents the Caucus: four from each of the 16 Caucus District; plus up to four at-large members who are not Village residents, but who live within the Library, Park or School districts.
Who can serve on the Winnetka Caucus Council?
Any voting-age resident who has lived in Winnetka for 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. Each member serves a term of up to 3 years in duration.
What are the Committees on the Caucus Council?
There are five (5) Major Committees: Library, Parks, Schools, Village Candidates Selection and Village Platforms
There are four (4) Standing Committees: Rules, Communications, Fundraising and New Trier Township High School Caucus Nominators. The New Trier committee operates only in even-numbered years and selects Winnetka delegates to serve on the New Trier Caucus, which in turn interviews and slates candidates for the New Trier School Board.
Who manages the Winnetka Caucus Council?
WCC is managed by an Executive Committee, chosen from among the Caucus Council volunteers. The Executive Committee consists of a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, of the WCC, and as Chairs of the five Major and 4 Standing Committees.
What are the Winnetka Caucus Council's core functions?
The Council's two main functions are to:
1. Develop a Platform based on planks that reflect residents’ views and opinions to guide the work of the four Village boards.
2. Nominate qualified candidates to serve as President of the Village, and to serve on the Library, Parks, District 36 Schools and Village Council Boards.
How are the Village platforms created?
The WCC produces an annual survey, distributed to residents, that includes key issues affecting the Library, Parks, District 36 Schools and Village. A platform is based on planks that reflect residents’ views and survey responses. The platform is to help guide the work of the four Village boards.
How are Candidates selected?
Each year, WCC slates qualified candidates for any open positions on the four Village boards by carefully reviewing each of the applicant’s written responses to the application, in person interview, references and background check. The approved slate of candidates is then presented to the full caucus for final approval at the Annual Town Meeting in the fall. WCC then supports the slated candidates in the upcoming election.
How Can You Become Involved?
Contact us at any time through our website or email us directly at to volunteer. You can also participate by responding to the annual survey, attending town hall meetings, respond to volunteer calls and attend WCC board meetings.
How is the Winnetka Caucus Council Funded?
The WCC is funded through your donations. The WCC is an independent organization that relies solely on voluntary contributions. It receives no tax dollars or government funds.