WHAT WE DO
During the first part of the year, the committees of the Caucus Council explore issues of concern to both the community and the boards, and then seek the community's input on the Annual Survey. After reviewing survey results and other input from residents, the Major Committees draft Caucus Platforms, which serve as guidelines for the four Village Boards. We also hold a Spring Town Hall Meeting during which elected leaders answer residents’ questions.
During the second part of the year, the committees recruit, interview, and slate candidates for any open positions on the boards of the Village's four governing boards: Village Council, Parks, Schools, and Library boards. At the Fall Town Hall Meeting, platforms are presented and candidate slates are approved by the community.
Spring Town Hall
Each Spring the Caucus gathers for an Elected Leaders forum, where elected representatives from each of our four Village Boards gather to share their insights, provide updates on key issues, and answer questions of the community.
Replay of 2022 Spring Virtual Town Hall here.
Catch the recap here.
Fall Town Hall
Each November the Caucus gathers to hear the Caucus Platforms, meet the candidates being slated for the various boards, and vote to approve those candidate slates.
Replay of 2022 Virtual Fall Town Hall here.
ANNUAL SURVEY AND PLATFORMS
The Annual Survey is conducted on-line in late May or early June. Every household serviced by Winnetka's four taxing bodies - Village, Parks, Schools, and Library - is eligible to complete the survey. Two responses per household are allowed.
The 15-minute (or so) survey includes direct questions of importance to the taxing bodies and fellow residents, and invites survey-takers to add their comments and insights. The results are tabulated, analyzed, and written up as platforms to guide the boards' agenda going forward.
Important: The Survey is distributed via email. Do we have your current email? Contact us to make sure.
Village Platforms are put forth every year, with platforms for Schools, Parks and Library put forth in odd-numbered years and revised in even years if the appropriate WCC Major Committee feels it necessary.
They will be approved by the Caucus Council on October 19th, and presented for approval by the community at the Fall Town Hall on November 10th.
Older survey results and platforms are available at the
CANDIDATE SLATING PROCESS
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, conducting in person interviews and checking references.
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.
Candidate slating is closed for 2022. To throw your hat into the ring for 2023, or for more information, contact us.
View the Candidates for 2022 here.