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 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).
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.
The Executive Committee oversees and supports the work of the Village committees - Major Committees and the Standing Committees. It is comprised of the Council Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and the Chairs of each of the Major and Standing Committees.
Chair: Susan Curry
Vice Chair: Betsy Owens
Communications Chair: Ryan Osborn
Treasurer: Doug Sutton
The Major Committees draft and tabulate survey questions on issues specific to their committee's area of focus. From the survey results they prepare platform statements that reflect a consensus of the residents and serve to guide the work of the boards. They also identify, interview, and propose qualified candidates to sit on the Village Council and the School, Park and Library Boards.
Village Platform: Jan Bawden
Village Slating: Tom Brown
Schools: Peter Eck
Parks: David Botset
Library: Alex Ross
The Standing Committees include the 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: Ryan Osborn
Rules: Julian Solotorovsky
Please review the Policies and Procedures of the Winnetka Caucus Council (Revised 11/2021)
Please check out Winnetka's Distrip map to see in which Caucus district you belong.