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Illinois Delegate fight: favorite son vs. native daughter.
This is a longer version of the Sweet column printed in Sunday's Sun-Times. Attached at the bottom is a complete list of Clinton delegates, a sampling of Obama delegates and a copy of the Democratic Party of Illinois delegate selection rules.


WASHINGTON -- In 1996, White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama launched his first campaign for office doing things the Chicago way. He challenged the nominating petitions of state Sen. Alice Palmer, forcing her off the ballot, clearing the way for him to easily win her seat.

On Monday, when Illinois Democrats running to be presidential delegates start filing nominating petitions, Palmer's name will be on the slate pledged to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. So will a few of Clinton's Maine South High School buddies, former officials who served in the Clinton administration and her campaign manager's brother and niece.

Clinton's campaign will be filing a full Illinois delegate slate, eager to wage a favorite son vs. native daughter battle in the Feb. 5 primary.


Because of the way delegates are elected -- it is not winner-take-all in Illinois -- the effort could yield delegates for Clinton even though Obama is, as he put it recently in Dover, N.H., "the most popular politician in Illinois."

"I think we've got a real shot at winning a significant number of delegates from Illinois," said Stacey Zolt Hara, a representative of Clinton's Illinois forces. "We will have momentum from the early states coupled with Hillary's favorite-daughter status and a tremendous volunteer field operation."

Obama's Illinois supporters will be in Springfield on Monday when filing opens. They plan a show of force of their statewide operation to produce Obama delegates.

John Edwards' campaign aides said Friday he will be filing for the Illinois ballot and is not organizing a slate. They expect individuals to file on their own to run as Edwards delegates. That leaves Edwards in a poor position to leverage any wins in early caucus and primary states in delegate-rich Illinois.

Illinois has one of the earliest 2008 filing deadlines in the nation.

Illinois Democrats will elect 100 delegates and 19 alternates to the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver from the 19 congressional districts in the state. The number of delegates from each district ranges from four to eight.

The apportionment is based on the number of Democratic votes from each district in the 2000 and 2004 presidential and gubernatorial contests.


After the Feb. 5. vote, delegates in each district will be allocated under a formula based on the primary vote each presidential contender received.

While Clinton is not likely to win the vote in Illinois, she could pick up some delegates, if an Illinois Wesleyan University statewide presidential poll is a guide. The Oct. 15-18 survey found 36 percent for Obama to 26 percent for Clinton and 16 percent for Edwards.

Clinton delegates include Clinton administration alumni Elaine Weiss, Rocco Claps, Lynn Cutler and Brian McPartlin and Democratic activist William Brandt. Also running is Ald. Danny Solis (25th), brother of Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle, and his daughter Maya.

Democratic slates must also be balanced for gender parity and to include a minimum number of gays and lesbians, physically disabled, and African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

Sixty years ago Friday, Clinton was born at Edgewater Hospital. She lived at 5722 N. Winthrop until her family moved to Park Ridge in 1951. Betsy Ebeling, Clinton's chum from Maine South, is on the Clinton slate. She said Clinton's Illinois backers have not been drowned by the Obama "tsunami."

Said Ebeling: "It's her home, too."

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The Clinton Campaign’s Delegate Slate Includes:

1ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Joan P. Murphy, Crestwood
*Vanessa Dennis, Chicago
*Ivory Mitchell, Chicago
*Timothy W. Wright III, Chicago
*Leslie Sanders, Chicago
*James L. Demus III, Chicago
*Jan Rowland, Chicago (alternate)
*Delmarie Cobb, Chicago
*Christine Boulware, Chicago

2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*William Payton, Sr., South Holland
*Renault Robinson, Chicago (alternate)
*Malissa Rainey, Chicago
*Alice J. Palmer, Chicago
*Lupe Perez, Chicago
*Mercedes Mallette, Calumet City
*Bernard McCann, South Holland
*Enoch Clarke-Bey, Olympia Fields
*Dante Sawyer, Chicago

3RD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Martin Arteaga, Chicago
*Colleen Burns, Chicago
*Mary E. Kennelly, Chicago (alternate)
*Mary Morrissey-Kochanny, Chicago
*Sheila M. Murphy, Chicago
*Fred G. Lebed, Western Springs
*Ghassan Abboud, Burr Ridge

4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Nelida Smyser-DeLeon, Chicago
*George A. Cardenas, Chicago
*Diana E. Lopez, Chicago
*Martin A. Sandoval, Chicago
* Andrew Fox, Elk Grove Village (alternate)

5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Jane E. Hearrin, Chicago (alternate)
*Aaron G. Harkin, Chicago
*Darryl L. DePriest, Chicago
*Stella Black, Chicago
*Aimee A. Pine, Chicago
*Linda S. Murphy, Chicago
*Matthew W. Beaudet, Chicago

6TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Joan E. Brennan, Elk Grove Village
*Tracey E. Smith, Itasca
*Ramesh Gupta, Elk Grove Village (alternate)
*Rocco Claps, Villa Park
*Brian J. McPartlin, Mount Prospect

7TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Maya D. Solis, Chicago
*Richard Boykin, Oak Park
*Thomas E. Simmons, Chicago
*Danny S. Solis, Chicago
*Homero Tristan, Chicago
*Lynn G. Cutler, Chicago
*Iola McGowan, Chicago
*Maria N. Saldana, Chicago
*Marsha M. Allen, Chicago (alternate)

8TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Mellody J. Gomez, Round Lake
*Patrick M. Ouimet, Woodstock (alternate)
*Scott A. Ziomek, Palatine
*David T. Richmond, Schaumburg
*Janis Fitzsimmons, Lake Barrington

9TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Valerie R. Alexander, Chicago
*Joseph A. Power, Jr., Chicago
*Jose M. Zuniga, Chicago
*Hamida Khan, Park Ridge
*Elaine C. Weiss, Evanston
*Katie L. Remer, Chicago (alternate)
*Bernard L. Stone, Chicago

10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Juanita Martinez, Northfield
*Andrew E. Boron, Highland Park (alternate)
*Betsy Ebeling, Arlington Heights
*Michael M. Conway, Glencoe
*William A. Brandt, Jr., Winnetka
Jonathan C. Bunge, Winnetka

11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Charlotte D. White, New Lenox
*Michael G. Matejka, Bloomington
*Darlene L. Miller, Bloomington (alternate)
*Luella Kellogg, Morris
*Caryl Wadley-Foy, Bradley
*Rocky A. Raikes, Marseilles

12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
*Roger E. Poole, Smithton
*Vincent A. Lacey, Thompsonville
*Kathy J. West, Du Quoin
*Kouri C. Marshall, Carbondale (alternate)
*Patricia J. Reiman, Campbell Hill
*William Robertson, Hartford

13TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Emilia DiMenco, Hinsdale
*Nadia M. Akhtar, Burr Ridge
*Gay E. Bruhn, Aurora
* Carol Kruchko, Hindsdale (alternate)_
*Raghu Nayak, Oak Brook
*Mehmet Celebi, Naperville

14TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Alex Arroyo, Aurora
*Daniel Barreiro, Aurora
*Kathleen R. Burgess, Geneva
*Sylvia Leonberger, Aurora
*Manny Maysonet, Aurora (alternate)

15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Tod Satterthwaite, Champaign
*Christian M. Scherer, Urbana
*Patsy H. Bowles, Bloomington
*Gerri Kirchner, Urbana
*Jennifer L. Gentry, Urbana (alternate)

16TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Martha P. Logemann, Rockford
*Barbara A. Giolitto, Rockford
*Victory Bell, Rockford
*Mark J. Hooper, Freeport (alternate)
*Jack D. Franks, Marengo

17TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Clyde E. Bunch, Springfield
*Anthony B. Cameron, Quincy
*Virgil J. Mayberry, Rock Island
*Christine Eik Winick, Galesburg
*Vicki Sheets, Decatur (alternate)
*Michelle Eberlin, Quincy

18TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Shirley A. McCombs, Petersburg
*Katie M. Anselment, Springfield
*Terry L. Fairclough, Springfield
*Robert D. Markham, Jr., Peoria
*William H. Knuppel, Kilbourne (alternate)

19TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT:
*Gary Duncan, Woodlawn
*Megan N. Carnine, Mount Vernon
*Michelle S. Paul, Mount Vernon
*Sue Ann Buchanan, Alton
*Charles A. Yancey, Bethalto
*Cynthia O’Neill, Carlyle (alternate)


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Obama delegates

The Honorable Abner Mikva, 1st CD, former Illinois Congressman, Clinton White
House Counsel and Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit for the U.S. Court of
Appeals. A supporter who taught at the University of Chicago law school with Barack.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul, 1st CD, holds Obama's senate seat, Head of the IL Legislative Black Caucus

Cheryle Jackson, 2nd C.D., 1st female President of the Chicago Urban
League.

Miguel del Valle, 4th CD, City of Chicago Clerk and former state senator
who served in Springfield with Obama.

Dr. Byron Brazier, 7th CD, Minister, Apostolic Church of God.

Ald.Tom Tunney, 9th CD, business owner and a leader in the LGBT
community.

Ann Kaliyil, 9th CD, co-founder of the South Asian American Policy and
Research Institute and past President of the Indo-American Democratic
Organization, and a leader in South Asians for Obama.

Larry Walsh, 11th CD, Will County Executive, one of Obama's earliest
supporters from the Illinois Senate.

Rick Merrill, 13th CD, President of the Associated Firefighters of
Illinois.

Noele De Leon, 15th CD, 21-year-old University of Illinois student and
member of Students for Barack Obama.

George Gaulrapp, 16th CD, Mayor of Freeport, IL.

Jeff Torranez, 17th CD, Rock Island State's Attorney, Veteran
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Appendix D – Official Illinois Delegate Selection Plan


ILLINOIS DELEGATE
SELECTION PLAN

FOR THE 2008 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION

ISSUED BY THE
DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF ILLINOIS

APRIL, 2007

THE ILLINOIS DELEGATE SELECTION PLAN
FOR THE 2008 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION


Table of Contents

I. Introduction & Description of Delegate Selection Process 1
A. Introduction 1
B. Description of Delegate Selection Process 1

II. Presidential Candidates 2

III. Selection of Delegates and Alternates 3
A. Selection of Delegates and Alternates 3
B. Unpledged Delegates 7
C. Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates 8
D. At-Large Delegates and Alternates 9
E. Replacement of Delegates and Alternates 11

IV. Convention Standing Committee Members 13
A. Introduction 13
B. Permanent Standing Committee Members 13

V. The Delegation 15

VI. General Provisions and Procedural Guarantees 16

VII. Affirmative Action and Outreach Plan 18
A. Statement of Purpose and Organization 18
B. Efforts to Educate on the Delegate Selection Process 19
C. Efforts to Publicize the Delegate Selection Process 20
D. Representation Goals 21
E. Obligations of Presidential Candidates to Maximize Participation 21
F. Inclusion Programs 22

VIII. Challenges 22
A. Jurisdiction and Standing 22
B. Challenges to the Status of the State Party and Challenges to the Plan 23
C. Challenges to Implementation 23

IX. Summary of Plan 24
A. Selection of Delegates and Alternates 24
B. Selection of Standing Committee Members 25
C. Selection of Delegation Chair and Convention Pages 25
D. Presidential Candidate Filing Deadline 25
E. Timetable 25

Exhibits to the Affirmative Action Plan 27

Attachments to the Delegate Selection Plan 27

SECTION I
INTRODUCTION & DESCRIPTION OF DELEGATE SELECTION PROCESS
A. INTRODUCTION
1. Illinois has a total of 185 delegates and 26 alternates.
2. The delegate selection process is governed by the Charter and Bylaws of the Democratic Party of the United States, the Delegate Selection Rules for the 2008 Democratic National Convention (“Rules”), the Call for the 2008 Democratic National Convention (“Call”), the Regulations of the Rules and Bylaws Committee for the 2008 Democratic National Convention (“Regs.”), the rules of the Democratic Party of Illinois, the Illinois Election Code, and this Delegate Selection Plan.
3. Following the adoption of this Delegate Selection Plan by the State Party Committee, it shall be submitted for review and approval by the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee (“RBC”). The State Party Chair shall be empowered to make any technical revisions to this document as required by the RBC to correct any omissions and/or deficiencies as found by the RBC to ensure its full compliance with Party Rules. Such corrections shall be made by the State Party Chair and the Plan resubmitted to the RBC within 30 days of receipt of notice of the RBC’s findings.
4. Once this Plan has been found in Compliance by the RBC, any amendment to the Plan by the State Party will be submitted to and approved by the RBC before it becomes effective.
B. DESCRIPTION OF DELEGATE SELECTION PROCESS
1. Illinois will use a proportional representation system based on the results of the Primary for apportioning delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
2. The “first determining step” of Illinois’s delegate selection process will occur on February 5, 2008 with a Presidential Preference Primary election.
3. Voter Participation in Process
a. Participation in Illinois’s delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. In Illinois, voter registration remains open until 28 days prior to the Presidential Preference Primary election, although grace period voting remains open until 14 days before the election. Voters must declare party preference for the first, and only, time at the polling place prior to voting in the Presidential Preference Primary.
b. At no stage of Illinois’s delegate selection process shall any person be required, directly or indirectly, to pay a cost or fee as a condition for participating. Voluntary contributions to the Party may be made, but under no circumstances shall a contribution be mandatory for participation. There are no fees associated with the Illinois delegate selection process.

c. No persons shall participate or vote in the nominating process for the Democratic presidential candidate who also participates in the nominating process of any other party for the corresponding elections.
d. No person shall vote in more than one meeting which is the first meeting in the delegate selection process.
4. Illinois is participating in the state government-run presidential preference primary that will utilize government-run voting systems. The State Party has taken provable positive steps to:
a. Promote the acquisition of accessible precinct based optical scan systems, wherever possible.
b. Seek enactment of legislation, rules, and policies at the state and local level to ensure that direct recording electronic systems include a voter verified paper trail
c. Seek enactment of legislation, rules and policies at the state and local level to ensure that both optical scan and direct recording electronic systems include recognized security measures. These measures include automatic routine manual audits comparing paper records to electronic records following every election and prior to certification or results where possible; parallel testing on election day; physical and electronic security for equipment; banning use of wireless components and connections; public disclosure of software design; use of transparent and random selection for all auditing procedures; and effective procedures for addressing evidence of fraud or error.
d. These provable positive steps have included enacting legislation mandating a verified paper trail for all direct recording electronic systems that is made available to the voter. The mandatory paper trail requires verification to include written identification of each candidate selected.
SECTION II
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
A. BALLOT ACCESS
A presidential candidate gains access to the Illinois presidential preference primary ballot by filing nomination papers at the principal office of the Illinois State Board of Elections at 1020 S. Spring Street, Springfield, Illinois. The filing period for Nomination Papers begins 99 days before the Presidential Preference Primary and ends 92 days before the Presidential Preference Primary, or October 29 through November 5, 2007. Nomination papers must contain a Statement of Candidacy and nominating petitions signed by not less than 3,000 and not more than 5,000 registered voters in Illinois. The presidential preference “uncommitted” will not automatically appear on the ballot. Write-in preferences are allowed.
B. Each presidential candidate shall certify in writing to the State Democratic Chair, the name(s) of his or her authorized representative(s) by October 15, 2007.
C. Each presidential candidate (including uncommitted status) shall use his or her best efforts to ensure that his or her respective delegation within the state delegation achieves the affirmative action goals established by this Plan and is equally divided between men and women.

SECTION III
SELECTION OF DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES
A. DISTRICT-LEVEL DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES
1. Illinois is allocated 100 district-level delegates and 19 district-level alternates.
District-level delegates and alternates shall be elected by a Two-part primary: a presidential preference primary that includes the election of delegates. The district level delegates and alternates will be elected at the Presidential Preference Primary to be held on February 5, 2008. Delegate positions will be allocated to each presidential preference (including uncommitted) according to the percentage of votes received by that presidential preference. The male and female delegate and alternate delegate candidates receiving the highest number of votes for each presidential preference shall be elected from each Congressional District until all such delegate and alternate delegate positions earned by the preference have been filled.
2. Apportionment of District-Level Delegates and Alternates
a. Illinois’s district-level delegates and alternates are apportioned among the districts based on a formula giving one-third (1/3) weight to each of the following formulas:
(1) Equal weight to total population and to the average vote for the Democratic candidates in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.
(2) Equal weight to the vote for the Democratic candidates in the 2004 presidential and the most recent gubernatorial elections.
(3) Equal weight to the average of the vote for the Democratic candidates in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections and to Democratic Party registration or enrollment as of January 1, 2008.
b. The state’s total number of district-level delegates will be equally divided between men and women, with a maximum variation of one.
c. The district-level delegates and alternates are apportioned to districts as indicated in the following chart:

District
Delegates
Alternates

Males
Females
Total
Males
Females
Total
#1 4 4 8 0 1 1
#2 4 4 8 1 0 1
#3 3 3 6 0 1 1
#4 2 2 4 1 0 1
#5 3 3 6 0 1 1
#6 2 2 4 1 0 1
#7 4 4 8 0 1 1
#8 2 2 4 1 0 1

#9 3 3 6 0 1 1
#10 3 2 5 1 0 1
#11 2 3 5 0 1 1
#12 3 2 5 1 0 1
#13 2 3 5 0 1 1
#14 2 2 4 1 0 1
#15 2 2 4 0 1 1
#16 2 2 4 1 0 1
#17 3 2 5 0 1 1
#18 2 2 4 1 0 1
#19 2 3 5 0 1 1
Total 50 50 100 9 10 19

2. District-Level Delegate and Alternate Filing Requirements
a. A district-level delegate and alternate candidate may run for election only within the district in which he or she is registered to vote.
b. An individual can qualify as a candidate for district-level delegate or alternate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention by filing a statement of candidacy designating his or her presidential or uncommitted preference and a signed pledge of support for the presidential candidate (including uncommitted status) with the State Party by November 5, 2007. The Statement of Candidacy filed with the State Party may be a photocopy of the Statement of Candidacy filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections.
c. Each candidate for district-level delegate or alternate delegate must file nominating petitions signed by the lesser of .5% of the total primary voter cast for all presidential nominees of their congressional district in 2004 or 1,000. Candidates may obtain petition forms from the Illinois State Board of Elections on July 15, 2007 and begin gathering signatures and circulating nominating petitions on August 7, 2007. Nominating petitions must be filed at the principal office of the Illinois State Board of Elections at 1020 S. Spring Street, Springfield, Illinois between October 29, 2007 and November 5, 2007. Candidates must also file a Statement of Candidacy and a signed pledge of support indicating a presidential preference (or uncommitted) at the same location within the same time period.
d. All candidates considered for district-level alternate positions must meet the same requirements as candidates for district-level delegate positions. A candidate for district level delegate may be considered for alternate without filing a second set of nominating petitions or Statement of Candidacy.
1. Presidential Candidate Right of Review for District-Level Delegates and Alternates
a. The State Democratic Chair shall convey to the presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), not later than 5:00 p.m. of November 7, 2007, a list of all persons who have filed for delegate or alternate pledged to that presidential candidate.
Each presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), must then file with the State Democratic Chair and the Illinois State Board of Elections by 5:00 p.m. on November 9, 2007, a list of all such candidates he or she has approved, provided that the presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), may approve a number of delegate candidates or alternate candidates equal to or greater than the number of delegates or alter¬nates allocated to the district.
b. Failure to respond will be deemed approval of all delegate and alternate candidates submitted to the presidential candidate unless the presidential candidate, or the authorized representative(s), signifies otherwise in writing to the State Democratic Chair not later than November 9, 2007.
c. National convention delegate and alternate candidates removed from the list of bona fide supporters by a presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), may not be elected as a delegate or alternate at that level pledged to that presidential candidate (including uncommitted status).
d. The State Democratic Chair shall certify in writing to the Co-Chairs of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee whether each presidential candidate (including uncommitted status) has used their best efforts to ensure that their respective district-level delegate candidates and district-level alternate candidates meet the affirmative action and inclusion considerations and goals detailed in the Affirmative Action section of this Plan within three (3) business days of returning the list of approved district-level delegate candidates and district-level alternate candidates as indicated in section III.A.5.b of this Plan.
2. Fair Reflection of Presidential Preference
a. Presidential Primary Proportional Representation Plan
The Illinois presidential primary election is a “binding” primary. Accordingly, delegate and alternate positions shall be allocated so as to fairly reflect the expressed presidential (or uncommitted) preference of the primary voters in each district. The National Convention delegates and alternates selected at the district level shall be allocated in proportion to the percentage of the primary vote won in that district by each preference, except that preferences falling below a 15% threshold shall not be awarded any delegates or alternates.
a. Within a district, if no presidential preference reaches a 15% threshold, the threshold shall be the percentage of the vote received in that district by the front-runner minus 10%.
b. If a presidential preference qualifies to receive more delegates than appeared on the ballot pledged to that preference, such additional delegates will be nominated and selected, no later than May 5, 2008, in post-Primary caucuses held upon ten days written notice from the State Party Chair.
(i) Persons seeking to be selected as a district level delegate or alternate for an unfilled position must file a Statement of Candidacy designating their presidential preference with the State Party Chair no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 14, 2008.
(ii) The State Party Chair shall convey to the presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), not later than 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2008, a list of all persons who have filed for delegate or alternate pledged to that candidate.
(iii) Each presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), must then file with the State Party Chair, by April 18, 2008, at 5:00 p.m., a list of all such candidates he or she has approved, provided that, at a minimum, one name remains for every delegate or alternate position to which the presidential preference is entitled.
(iv) The State Party Chair shall provide the members of the State Central Committee from the Congressional District a list of names of all candidates who are of the same presidential preference and are eligible to be selected to an unfilled position. The members of the State Central Committee shall convene the post-Primary caucus at the time and place designated by the State Party Chair.
(v) The State Party Chair shall certify in writing to the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee the election of unfilled delegates and alternates no later than May 8, 2008.
3. Equal Division of District-Level Delegates and Alternates
a. In order to ensure the district-level delegates are equally divided between men and women, delegate positions within each district will be designated by presidential preference beginning with the highest vote-getting presidential preference. This assignment of delegate positions, alternating by sex as mathematically practicable, will continue with the next highest vote-getting preferences in descending order until the gender of each position has been assigned.
In districts with an odd number of delegates, the first delegate selected for the winning presidential preference must be of the same sex as the advantaged gender in that district. Following that determination, the allocation would continue alternating by gender for the winning presidential preference and any subsequent preferences. In districts with an even number of delegates, the highest-vote getting delegate candidate for the district’s winning presidential preference will be the first delegate assigned. Following that determination, the state will then designate the remaining positions for that presidential preference and any subsequent preferences alternating by gender, as mathematically practicable.
b. After the delegates are selected, the alternates will be awarded, using the same process described above.
4. The State Democratic Chair shall certify in writing to the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) the election of the state’s district-level delegates and alternates to the Democratic National Convention within three (3) days after the certification of the results by the Illinois State Board of Elections, which must occur no later than 30 days after the election.
B. UNPLEDGED DELEGATES
1. Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials
a. The following categories shall constitute the Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Official delegate positions:
(1) Members of the Democratic National Committee who legally reside in the state;
(2) All of Illinois’s Democratic Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate;
(3) The Democratic Governor;
(4) “Distinguished Party Leader” delegates who legally reside in the state; (Persons who qualify as “Distinguished Party Leader” delegates are: all former Democratic Presidents or Vice Presidents, all former Democratic Leaders of the U.S. Senate, all former Democratic Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives and Democratic Minority Leaders, as applicable, and all former Chairs of the Democratic National Committee.)
b. The certification process for the Unpledged Party Leader and Elected Official delegates is as follows:
(1) Not later than March 1, 2008, the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee shall officially confirm to the State Democratic Chair the names of the unpledged delegates who legally reside in Illinois.
(2) Official confirmation by the Secretary shall constitute verification of the unpledged delegates from the categories indicated above.
2. Unpledged Add-On Delegates
a. Illinois will select 3 unpledged add-on delegates.
b. The procedures to be used in selecting the 3 unpledged add-on delegates will be as follows:
(1) Selection of the unpledged add-on delegates will occur at 1:00 p.m. on May 5, 2008 at State Party Headquarters, Springfield, Illinois, which is after the election of district delegates and alternates and prior to the selection of the pledged Party Leader and Elected Official delegates.
(2) These delegates will be selected by a committee of district level delegates, which is the same selecting body used to select the pledged Party Leader and Elected Official and/or At-Large delegates and alternates.
(3) The equal division and affirmative action provisions of Rule 10.A. apply to the selection of these unpledged add-on delegates.
(4) Individuals are nominated for these positions by the State Chair.
(5) The list from which the selecting body chooses the unpledged add-on delegates shall contain at least one for every unpledged add-on position to be filled.
(6) Unpledged add-on delegate candidates may be selected whether or not they previously filed a statement of candidacy for a delegate position or submitted a pledge of support for a presidential candidate.
c. Unpledged add-on delegates, selected pursuant to Rule 9.B., shall be certified in writing by the State Democratic Chair to the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee within three (3) days after the selection.
C. PLEDGED PARTY LEADER AND ELECTED OFFICIAL (PLEO) DELEGATES
1. Illinois is allotted 20 pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) delegates.
2. Pledged PLEO Delegate Filing Requirements
a. Individuals shall be eligible for the pledged Party Leader and Elected Official delegate positions according to the following priority: big city mayors and state-wide elected officials (to be given equal consideration); state legislative leaders, state legislators, and other state, county and local elected officials and party leaders.
b. An individual can qualify as a candidate for a position as a pledged PLEO delegate by filing a Statement of Candidacy and signed pledge of support with the State Party no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 14, 2008.
3. Presidential Candidate Right of Review
a. The State Democratic Chair shall convey to the presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), not later than April 16, 2008, a list of all persons who have filed for a party and elected official delegate pledged to that presidential candidate.
b. Each presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), must file with the State Democratic Chair, by 5:00 p.m. , a list of all such candidates he or she has approved, as long as approval is given to at least two names for every position to which the presidential candidate is entitled.
c. Failure to respond will be deemed approval of all delegate candidates submitted to the presidential candidate unless the presidential candidate or the authorized representative(s) signifies otherwise in writing to the State Democratic Chair not later than April 18, 2008.
d. The State Democratic Chair shall certify in writing to the Co-Chairs of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee whether each presidential candidate (including uncommitted status) has used their best efforts to ensure that their respective pledged PLEO delegate candidates meet the affirmative action and inclusion considerations and goals detailed in the Affirmative Action section of this Plan within three (3) business days of returning the list of approved pledged PLEO candidates as indicated in section III.C.3.b of this Plan.
4. Selection of Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates
a. The pledged PLEO slots shall be allocated among presidential preferences on the same basis as the at-large delegates.
b. Selection of the pledged PLEO delegates will occur at 1:30 p.m. on 05/05/08 at State Party Headquarters, Springfiled, Illinois, which is after the election of district-level delegates and alternates and the unpledged add-on delegates and prior to the selection of at-large delegates and alternates.
These delegates will be selected by a committee consisting of a quorum of the district-level delegates.
Alternates are not selected at the pledged Party Leader and Elected Official level. These alternates are combined with the at-large alternates and selected as one unit.
1. The State Democratic Chair shall certify in writing to the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee the election of the state’s pledged Party Leader and Elected Official delegates to the Democratic National Convention within three (3) days after their election.
D. AT-LARGE DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES
1. The state of Illinois is allotted 33 at-large delegates and 7 at-large alternates.
2. At-Large Delegate and Alternate Filing Requirements
a. Persons desiring to seek at-large delegate or alternate positions may file a Statement of Candidacy designating their presidential or uncommitted preference and a signed pledge of support for the presidential candidates (including uncommitted status) with the State Party by April 14, 2008 at 5:00p.m.
b. The statement of candidacy for at-large delegates and for at-large alternates will be the same. After the at-large delegates are elected by a committee consisting of a quorum of the district level delegates, those persons not chosen will then be considered candidates for at-large alternate positions unless they specify otherwise when filing.
3. Presidential Candidate Right of Review
a. The State Democratic Chair shall convey to the presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), not later than May 5, 2008, at 1:00 p.m., a list of all persons who have filed for delegate or alternate pledged to that presidential candidate.
b. Each presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), must then file with the State Democratic Chair, by May 5, 2008 at 2:00 p.m., a list of all such candidates he or she has approved, provided that, at a minimum, two (2) or more names remain for every national convention delegate or alternate position to which the presidential candidate is entitled.
c. Failure to respond will be deemed approval of all delegate candidates submitted to the presidential candidate unless the presidential candidate or the authorized representative(s) signifies otherwise in writing to the State Democratic Chair not later than May 5, 2008 at 2:00 p.m..
d. The State Democratic Chair shall certify in writing to the Co-Chairs of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee whether each presidential candidate (including uncommitted status) has used their best efforts to ensure that their respective at-large delegate candidates and at-large alternate candidates meet the affirmative action and inclusion considerations and goals detailed in the Affirmative Action section of this Plan within three (3) business days of returning the list of approved at-large delegate candidates and at-large alternate candidates as indicated in section III.D.3.b of this Plan.
4. Fair Reflection of Presidential Preference
a. At-large delegate and alternate positions shall be allocated among presidential preferences according to the state-wide primary vote.
b. Preferences which have not attained a 15% threshold on a state-wide basis shall not be entitled to any at-large delegates.
c. If no presidential preference reaches a 15% threshold, the threshold shall be the percentage of the statewide vote received by the front-runner, minus 10%.
d. If a presidential candidate is no longer a candidate at the time of selection of the at-large delegates, then those at-large slots that would have been allocated to the candidate will be proportionally divided among the remaining preferences entitled to an allocation.
e. If a given presidential preference is entitled to one or more delegate positions but would not otherwise be entitled to an alternate position, that preference shall be allotted one at- large alternate position.
5. Selection of At-Large Delegates and Alternates
a. The selection of the at-large delegates and alternates will occur at 3:00 p.m. on May 5, 2008 at State Party Headquarters, Springfield, Illinois, which is after all unpledged delegates and pledged Party Leader and Elected Official delegates have been selected.
b. These delegates and alternates will be selected by a committee consisting of a quorum of the district-level delegates.
c. Priority of Consideration
(1) In the selection of the at-large delegation priority of consideration shall be given to African Americans, Hispanics, Native Ameri¬cans, Asian/Pacific Americans and women.
(2) In order to continue the Democratic Party’s ongoing efforts to include groups historically under-represented in the Democratic Party’s affairs and to assist in the achievement of full participation by these groups, priority of consideration shall be given other groups by virtue of race/ethnicity, age, sexual orientation or disability.
(3) The election of at-large delegates and alternates shall be used, if necessary, to achieve the equal division of positions between men and women, and may be used to achieve the representation goals established in the Affirmative Action section of this Plan.
(4) Delegates and alternates are to be considered separate groups for this purpose.
6. The State Democratic Chair shall certify in writing to the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee the election of the state’s at-large delegates and alternates to the Democratic National Convention within three (3) days after their election.
E. REPLACEMENT OF DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES
1. A pledged delegate or alternate may be replaced according to the following guidelines:
a. Permanent Replacement of a Delegate:
(1) A permanent replacement occurs when a delegate resigns or dies prior to or during the national convention and the alternate replaces the delegate for the remainder of the National Convention.
(2) Any alternate permanently replacing a delegate shall be of the same presidential preference (including uncommitted status) and sex of the delegate he/she replaces, and to the extent possible shall be from the same political subdivision within the state as the delegate.
(a) In the case where the presidential candidate has only one alternate, that alternate shall become the certified delegate.
(b) If a presidential candidate has only one alternate, and that alternate permanently replaces a delegate of the opposite sex, thereby causing the delegation to no longer be equally divided, the delegation shall not be considered in violation of Rule 6.C. In such a case, not withstanding Rule 18.D.(2), the State Party Committee shall, at the time of a subsequent permanent replacement, replace a delegate with a person of the opposite sex, in order to return the delegation to equal division of men and women.
b. Temporary Replacement of a Delegate:
(1) A temporary replacement occurs when a delegate is to be absent for a limited period of time during the convention and an alternate temporarily acts in the delegate’s place.
(2) Any alternate who temporarily replaces a delegate must be of the same presidential preference (including uncommitted status) as the delegate he/she replaces, and to the extent possible shall be of the same sex and from the same political subdivision within the state as the delegate.
c. The following system will be used to select permanent and temporary replacements of delegates:
(1) The delegate chooses the alternate.
(2) If the delegate is unavailable to choose the alternate, the delegation chooses the alternate.
(3) Where circumstances prevent either of the above alternatives, the Delegation Chair will choose the alternate in a manner so as to protect the interests of presidential candidates, delegates and alternates.
d. Certification of Replacements
(1) Any alternate who permanently replaces a delegate shall be certified in writing to the Secretary of the DNC by the State Democratic Chair.
(2) Permanent replacement of a delegate (as specified above) by an alternate and replacement of a vacant alternate position shall be certified in writing by the Illinois’s Democratic Chair to the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee within three (3) days after the replacement is selected.
(3) Certification of permanent replacements will be accepted by the Secretary up to 48 hours before the first official session of the Convention is scheduled to convene.
(4) In the case where a pledged delegate is permanently replaced after 48 hours before the time the first session is scheduled to convene or, in the case where a pledged delegate is not on the floor of the Convention Hall at the time a roll call vote is taken, an alternate may be designated (as specified above) to cast the delegate’s vote. In such case, the Delegation Chair shall indicate the name of the alternate casting the respective delegate’s vote on the delegation tally sheet
e. A vacant alternate position shall be filled by the delegation. The replacement shall be of the same presidential preference (or uncommitted status), of the same sex and, to the extent possible, from the same political subdivision as the alternate being replaced.
2. Unpledged delegates shall not be entitled to a replacement, nor shall the state be entitled to a replacement, except under the following circumstances:
a. Members of Congress and the Democratic Governor shall not be entitled to name a replacement. In the event of changes or vacancies in the state’s Congressional Delegation, following the official confirmation and prior to the commencement of the National Convention, the DNC Secretary shall recognize only such changes as have been officially recognized by the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives or the Democratic Conference of the U.S. Senate. In the event of a change or vacancy in the state’s office of Governor, the DNC shall recognize only such changes as have been officially recognized by the Democratic Governors’ Association.
b. Members of the Democratic National Committee and unpledged add-on delegates shall not be entitled to a replacement, nor shall the state be entitled to a replacement, except in the case of death of such delegates. In the case where the state’s DNC membership changes following the DNC Secretary’s official confirmation, but prior to the commencement of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, acknowledgment by the Secretary of the new DNC member certification shall constitute verification of the corresponding change of unpledged delegates.
c. Unpledged distinguished Party Leader delegates allocated to the state pursuant to Rule 8.A.(5), shall not be entitled to name a replacement, nor shall the state be entitled to name a replacement.
d. In no case may an alternate cast a vote for an unpledged delegate.

SECTION IV
CONVENTION STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
A. INTRODUCTION
1. Illinois has been allocated 7 members on each of the three standing committees for the 2008 Democratic National Convention (Credentials, Platform and Rules), for a total of 21 members.
2. Members of the Convention Standing Committees need not be delegates or alternates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
3. These members will be selected in accordance with the procedures indicated below.
B. PERMANENT STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
1. Selection Meeting
a. The members of the standing committees shall be elected by a quorum of Illinois’s National Convention delegates, at a meeting to be held on May 5, 2008 at 3:00 p.m.
b. All members of the delegation shall receive adequate notice of the time, date and place of the meeting to select the standing committee members.
2. Allocation of Members
a. The members of the standing committees allocated to Illinois shall proportionately represent the presidential preference of all candidates (including uncommitted status) receiving the threshold percentage used in the state’s delegation to calculate the at-large apportionment pursuant to Rule 13.E. of the Delegate Selection Rules.
b. The presidential preference of each candidate receiving the applicable percentage or more within the delegation shall be multiplied by the total number of standing committee positions allocated to Illinois. If the result of such multiplication does not equal 0.455 or above, the presidential preference in question is not entitled to representation on the standing committee. If the result of such multiplication is 0.455 but less then 1.455, the presidential preference is entitled to one (1) position. Those preferences securing more than 1.455 but less then 2.455 are entitled to two (2) positions, etc.
c. Where the application of this formula results in the total allocation exceeding the total number of committee positions, the presidential candidate whose original figure of representation is farthest from its eventual rounded-off total shall be denied that one (1) additional position. Where the application of this formula results in the total allocation falling short of the total number of committee positions, the presidential candidate whose original figure of representation is closest to the next rounding level shall be allotted an additional committee position.
d. Standing committee positions allocated to a presidential candidate shall be proportionately allocated, to the extent practicable, to each of the three standing committees. When such allocation results in an unequal distribution of standing committee positions by candidate preference, a drawing shall be conducted to distribute the additional positions.
3. Presidential Candidate Right of Review
a. Each presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), shall be given adequate notice of the date, time and location of the meeting of the state’s delegation authorized to elect standing committee members.
b. Each presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), must submit to the State Democratic Chair, by April 16, 2008, a minimum of one (1) name for each slot awarded to that candidate for members of each committee. The delegation shall select the standing committee members submitted by the presidential candidates (including uncommitted status). Presidential candidates shall not be required to submit the name of more than one person for each slot awarded to such candidate for members of standing committees.
4. Selection Procedure to Achieve Equal Division
a. Presidential candidates (including uncommitted status) shall use their best efforts to ensure that their respective delegation of standing committee members shall achieve Illinois’s affirmative action goals and that their respective members are equally divided between men and women..
b. Each position on each standing committee shall be assigned by gender. For example, the first position on the Credentials Committee of the presidential candidate with the most standing committee positions shall be designated for a male, the second position for a female, and the remaining positions shall be designated in like fashion, alternating between males and females. Positions for presidential candidates on each committee shall be ranked according to the total number of standing positions allocated to each such candidate. After positions on the Credentials Committee are designated by sex, the designation shall continue with the Platform Committee, then the Rules Committee.
(1) A separate election shall be conducted for membership on each standing committee.
(2) The membership of the standing committees shall be as equally divided as possible under the state allocation; if the number is even, the membership shall be equally divided between men and women; if the number is odd, the variance between men and women may not exceed one (1), and the advantaged gender must not remain constant for the three standing committees.
(3) The positions allocated to each presidential candidate on each committee shall be voted on separately, and the winners shall be the highest vote-getter(s) of the appropriate sex.
5. Certification and Substitution
a. The State Democratic Chair shall certify the standing committee members in writing to the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee within three (3) days after their selection.
b. No substitutions will be permitted in the case of standing committee members, except in the case of resignation or death. Substitutions must be made in accordance with the rules and the election procedures specified in this section, and must be certified in writing to the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee within three (3) days after the substitute member is selected.
SECTION V
THE DELEGATION
A. ILLINOIS will select one (1) person to serve as Delegation Chair and 05 to serve as Convention Pages.
B. DELEGATION CHAIR
1. Selection Meeting
a. The Delegation Chair shall be selected by a quorum of the state’s National Convention Delegates, at a meeting to be held on May 5, 2008 at 3:30 p.m.
b. All members of the delegation shall receive timely notice of the time, date and place of the meeting to select the Delegation Chair.
2. The State Democratic Chair shall certify the Delegation Chair in writing to the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee within three (3) days after his or her selection.
C. CONVENTION PAGES
1. Five (05) individuals will be selected to serve as Illinois’s Convention Pages by the State Democratic Chair in consultation with the members of the Democratic National Committee from the state. This selection will take place May 5, 2008 in Springfield, Illinois
2. The Convention Pages shall be as evenly divided between men and women as possible under the state allocation and shall reflect as much as possible, the Affirmative Action guidelines in the Affirmative Action Plan.
3. The State Democratic Chair shall certify the individuals to serve as Illinois’s Convention Pages in writing to the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee within three (3) days after the selection.
SECTION VI
GENERAL PROVISIONS AND PROCEDURAL GUARANTEES
A. The ILLINOIS Democratic Party reaffirms its commitment to an open party by incorporating the ‘six basic elements’ as listed below. These provisions demonstrate the intention of the Democratic Party to ensure a full opportunity for all minority group members to participate in the delegate selection process.
1. All public meetings at all levels of the Democratic Party in Illinois should be open to all members of the Democratic Party regardless of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, economic status or physical disability (hereinafter collectively referred to as “status”).
2. No test for membership in, nor any oaths of loyalty to the Democratic Party in Illinois should be required or used which has the effect of requiring prospective or current members of the Democratic Party to acquiesce in, condone or support discrimination based on “status.”
3. The time and place for all public meetings of the Democratic Party in Illinois on all levels should be publicized fully and in such manner as to assure timely notice to all interested persons. Such meetings must be held in places accessible to all Party members and large enough to accommodate all interested persons.
4. The Democratic Party in Illinois, on all levels, should support the broadest possible registration without discrimination based on “status.”
5. The Democratic Party in Illinois should publicize fully and in such a manner as to assure notice to all interested parties a full description of the legal and practical procedures for selection of Democratic Party officers and representatives on all levels. Publication of these procedures should be done in such fashion that all prospective and current members of each State Democratic Party will be fully and adequately informed of the pertinent procedures in time to participate in each selection procedure at all levels of the Democratic Party organization.
6. The Democratic Party in Illinois should publicize fully and in such a manner as to assure notice to all interested parties, a complete description of the legal and practical qualifications of all positions as officers and representatives of the State Democratic Party. Such publication should be done in timely fashion so that all prospective candidates or applicants for any elected of appointed position within each State Democratic Party will have full and adequate opportunity to compete for office.
B. Discrimination on the basis of ‘status’ in the conduct of Democratic Party affairs is prohibited. (Rule 5.B.)
C. ILLINOIS’S delegation shall be equally divided between delegate men and delegate women, and alternate men and alternate women. Such goal applies to the entire delegation, which includes all pledged delegates and alternates and all unpledged delegates. Delegates and alternates shall be considered separate groups for purposes of achieving equal division.
D. All delegate and alternate candidates must be identified as to presidential preference or uncommitted status at all levels which determine presidential preference.
E. No delegate at any level of the delegate selection process shall be mandated by law or Party rules to vote contrary to that person’s presidential choice as expressed at the time the delegate is elected.
F. Delegates elected to the national convention pledged to a presidential candidate shall in all good conscience reflect the sentiments of those who elected them.
G. All delegates, alternates and standing committee members must be bona fide Democrats who have the interests, welfare and success of the Democratic Party of the United States at heart, who subscribe to the substance, intent and principles of the Charter and Bylaws of the Democratic Party of the United States, and who will participate in the Convention in good faith.
H. Fifty percent (50%) of the members of any Party body above the first level of the delegate selection process shall constitute a quorum for any business pertaining to the selection of National Convention delegates, alternates, standing committee members, and other official Convention participants.
I. An accredited participant in a caucus, convention or committee meeting, after having appeared at such meeting and having established credentials, may register a non-transferable proxy with another duly accredited participant at that meeting (except where an accredited alternate is present and eligible to serve as a replacement), provided that no individual may hold more than three (3) proxies at one time.
J. The unit rule, or any rule or practice whereby all members of a Party unit or delegation may be required to cast their votes in accordance with the will of a majority of the body, shall not be used at any stage of the delegate selection process.
K. Any individual or group of Democrats may sponsor or endorse a slate of candidates for convention delegates. But no slate may, by virtue of such endorsement, receive a preferential place on a delegate selection ballot or be publicly identified on the ballot as the official Democratic Party organization slate, and all slates must meet identical qualifying requirements for appearing on a ballot at all levels of the delegate selection process.
L. All steps in the delegate selection process, including the filing of presidential candidates, must take place within the calendar year of the Democratic National Convention, except with respect to the implementation of the Affirmative Action Plan.
M. In electing and certifying delegates and alternates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Illinois thereby undertakes to assure all Democratic voters in the state full, timely and equal opportunity to participate in the delegate selection process and in all Party affairs and to implement affirmative action programs toward that end, and that the delegates and alternates to the Convention shall be selected in accordance with the Delegate Selection Rules for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and that the voters in the state will have the opportunity to cast their election ballots for the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees selected by said Convention, and for electors pledged formally and in good conscience to the election of these Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees, under the label and designation of the Democratic Party of the United States, and that the delegates certified will not publicly support or campaign for any candidate for President or Vice President other than the nominees for the Democratic National Convention.

SECTION VII
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, OUTREACH AND INCLUSION PLAN
A. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND ORGANIZATION
1. Purpose and Objectives
a. In order that the Democratic Party at all levels be an open Party which includes rather than excludes people from participation, a program of effective affirmative action is hereby adopted by Illinois.
b. Discrimination on the basis of “status” in the conduct of Democratic Party affairs is prohibited.
c. All public meetings at all levels of the Democratic Party in Illinois should be open to all members of the Democratic Party regardless of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, economic status or physical disability (hereinafter collectively referred to as “status”).
d. Consistent with the Democratic Party’s commitment to including historically under-represented in the Democratic Party’s affairs, by virtue of race/ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or disability, Illinois has developed Party outreach programs. Such programs include recruitment, education and training, in order to achieve full participation by such groups and diversity in the delegate selection process and at all levels of Party affairs for 2008.
e. In order to encourage full participation by all Democrats in the delegate selection process and in all Party affairs, the Illinois Democratic Party has adopted and will imple¬ment programs with specific goals and timetables for African Ameri¬cans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian/Pacific Americans and women.
(1) The goal of the programs shall be to encourage participation in the delegate selection process and in Party organizations at all levels by the aforementioned groups as indicated by their presence in the Democratic electorate.
(2) This goal shall not be accomplished either directly or indirectly by the Party’s imposition of mandatory quotas at any level of the delegate selection process or in any other Party affairs.
f. In order to achieve full participation of other groups that may be under-represented in Party affairs, including members of the LGBT community and people with disabilities, the Illinois Democratic Party has adopted and will implement Inclusion Programs.
2. Organizational Structure
a. An Affirmative Action Committee shall be appointed by the State Democratic Chair on March 1, 2007.
b. The Committee shall consist of members from each delegate district representing the Democratic constituency groups set forth in the Introduction to the Affirmative Action Plan. Attached as Exhibit 1 is a list of the members of the Affirmative Action Committee.
c. The Affirmative Action Committee shall be responsible for:
(1) Reviewing the proposed Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans and making recommendations to the State Democratic Chair.
(2) Reviewing the proposed Inclusion Programs and making recommendations to the State Democratic Chair.
(3) Directing the implementation of all requirements of the Affirmative Action section of this Plan.
(4) Implementing a financial assistance program for delegates and alternates.
(5) Ensuring, on behalf of the State Party Committee, that district lines used in the delegate selection process are not gerrymandered to discriminate against African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian/Pacific Americans and women.
d. Financial and staff support for the Affirmative Action Committee shall be provided by the State Party Committee to the greatest extent feasible, including, but not limited to, making available on a priority basis, the State Party staff and volunteers and covering all reasonable costs incurred in carrying out this Plan.
3. Implementation of the Affirmative Action Plan shall begin on August 15, 2007, with the distribution of the press kits, and will continue through the end of the delegate selection process.
B. EFFORTS TO EDUCATE ON THE DELEGATE SELECTION PROCESS
1. Well publicized educational workshops will be conducted in each of the delegate districts beginning in September 2007. These workshops will be designed to encourage participation in the delegate selection process, including apprising potential delegate candidates of the availability of financial assistance. These workshops will be held in places which are easily accessible to persons with physical disabilities. The times, dates, places and rules for the conduct of all education workshops, meetings and other events involved in the delegate selection process shall be effectively publicized by the party organization and include mailings to various organizations representative of the Democratic voting populace.
2. A speakers bureau of volunteers from the Affirmative Action Committee comprised of individuals who are fully familiar with the process, will be organized to appear before groups as needed, to provide information concerning the process.
3. The State Party’s education efforts will include outreach to community leaders within the Democratic Party’s constituencies and making sure that information about the delegate selection process is available to Democratic clubs and Party caucuses representing specific constituencies.
4. The State Party will publish and make available at no cost: a clear and concise explanation of how Democratic voters can participate in the delegate selection process; an explanation of how, where and when persons can register to vote; and delegate district maps. As well, the State Party shall also make available copies of the State Party Rules, the Delegate Selection Plan (and its attachments), the Affirmative Action Plan, and relevant state statutes at no cost. Copies of documents related to the state’s delegate selection process will be prepared and the Affirmative Action Committee will distribute them in the various delegate districts not later than August 1, 2007
5. The State Party shall take all feasible steps to encourage persons to register and to vote as Democrats and will seek to ensure simple and easy registration procedures.
C. EFFORTS TO PUBLICIZE THE DELEGATE SELECTION PROCESS
1. Special attention shall be directed at publicizing the delegate selection process in the state. Such publicity shall include information on eligibility to vote and how to become a candidate for delegate, the time and location of each stage of the delegate selection process and where to get additional information. The foregoing information will also be published in the State Party newspaper. The Party organization, official, candidate, or member calling a meeting or scheduling an event, shall effectively publicize the role that such meeting or event plays in the selection of delegates and alternates to the Democratic National Convention.
2. Newspapers, radio and television will be utilized to inform the general public how, when and where to participate in the delegate selection process. Specifically, this information should provide details as to how to qualify to run as a delegate candidate. Special effort shall be directed to the major daily newspapers, radio and television stations by the State Democratic Chair, Affirmative Action Committee members and staff. Regular releases during the delegate selection process to all other media sources, weekly newspapers, and wire services should complete timely coverage. Attached as Exhibit 2 is a list of media outlets to which this information will be directed, including (a) major media, (b) minority media and (c) specialty media outlets.
3. A priority effort shall be directed at publicity among the Democratic Party’s constituencies.
a. Information about the delegate selection process will be provided to minority newspapers and radio stations, ethnic press, Native American, Asian/Pacific American, Spanish-speaking and other non-English press, radio stations and publications, and women’s organizations, student newspapers, gay and lesbian press, disability press, and any other specialty media in the state that is likely to reach the Democratic constituency groups set forth in the Introduction of this Affirmative Action Plan.
b. The State Party shall be responsible for the implementation of this publicity effort. For purposes of providing adequate notice of the delegate selection process, the times, dates, places and rules for the conduct of meetings and conventions, if any, shall be effectively publicized, bilingually where necessary, to encourage the participation of minority groups.
4. Not later than August 15, 2007, a press kit shall be made and provided to each daily and weekly newspaper as well as to the electronic media. The press kit will include:
a. a summary of all pertinent rules related to the state’s delegate selection process;
b. a map of delegate districts and how many delegates will be elected within each district;
c. a summary explaining the operation and importance of the 2008 Convention; and
d. materials designed to encourage participation by prospective delegate candidates.
D. REPRESENTATION GOALS
1. The State Party has determined the demographic composition of African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asian/Pacific Americans in the state’s Democratic electorate based upon data from the 2000 cursus. These constituency percentages shall be established as goals for representation in the state’s convention delegation.
2. The State Party has determined the demographic composition of members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities, and youth in the state’s Democratic electorate and furthermore, the State Party has chosen to establish these percentages as goals for representation in the state’s convention delegation.
African Americans Hispanics Native Americans Asian/Pacific Ameri¬cans LGBT Americans People with
Disabilities Youth
% in Democratic Electorate 21.14 17.22 0.28 4.76 5.4 3.1 15.0
Numeric Goals for Delegation 39 32 1 9 10 6 28
3. In determining the percentage of each group, the total statewide population has been increased by a factor of 1.40 to give effect to the impact of each voting group in Democratic Primary elections. These constituency percentages shall be established goals for representation in the state’s convention delegation.

4. When selecting the at-large portion of the delegation, the demographic composition of the other delegates (district-level, pledged PLEO, and unpledged) shall be compared with the State Party’s goals in order to achieve an at-large selection process which helps to bring about a representative balance.
5. Use of the at-large delegation to achieve the affirmative action goals established by this Plan does not obviate the need for the State Party to conduct outreach activities such as recruitment, education and training.
E. OBLIGATIONS OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO MAXIMIZE PARTICIPATION
1. Presidential candidates shall assist the Illinois Democratic Party in meeting the demographic representation goals reflected in the Affirmative Action Plan.
2. Each presidential candidate must submit a written statement to the State Democratic Chair by September 1, 2007 which indicates the specific steps he or she will take to encourage full participation in Illinois’s delegate selection process, including, but not limited to, procedures by which persons may file as candidates for delegate or alternate.
3. Each presidential candidate must submit demographic information with respect to all candidates for delegate and alternate pledged to them. Such information shall be submitted in conjunction with the list of names approved for consideration as delegate and alternate candidates pledged to the presidential candidate.
4. Presidential candidates (including uncommitted status) shall use their best effort to ensure that their respective delegations within the state’s delegate, alternate and standing committee delegations shall achieve the affirmative action goals reflected in the Affirmative Action Plan and that the respective delegations of each presidential candidate shall be equally divided between men and women. Furthermore, presidential candidates shall use their best efforts at the district level to approve delegate and alternate candidates who meet applicable equal division and affirmative action considera¬tions in order to achieve the affirmative action goals and equal division for their respective delegations.
F. INCLUSION PROGRAMS
1. In order to achieve full participation of other groups that may be under-represented in Party affairs, including members of the LGBT community and people with disabilities, the Illinois Democratic Party has adopted and will implement Inclusion Programs.
2. The State Party has taken reasonable steps to determine the composition of members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities, and youth in the state’s Democratic electorate, including a review of the most recent census data, and a review of election returns since the most recent census.
3. In securing this level of full participation, the State Party will conduct the education and publicity outreach efforts outlined in Sections B and C of this Section respectively.
4. The State Party will make accommodations to facilitate greater participation by people with disabilities. These accommodations will include notices and outreach in the LBGT, Disabled and Youth communities working through university and young democrat organizations and encouraging each presidential candidate to approve delegate candidates from the affected groups. In addition, the State Party shall conduct participation seminars targeting the LBGT, disabled and youth communities as part of its outreach program.
SECTION VIII
CHALLENGES
A. JURISDICTION & STANDING
1. Challenges related to the delegate selection process are governed by the Regulations of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee for the 2008 Democratic National Convention (Regs., Sec. 3.), and the “Rules of Procedure of the Credentials Committee of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.”
2. Under Rule 20.B. of the 2008 Delegate Selection Rules, the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee has jurisdiction over challenges pertaining to the submission, non-implementation and violation of state Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans.
3. The Rules and Bylaws Committee has jurisdiction to hear and decide any challenge provided it is initiated before the 56th day preceding the date of the commencement of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
4. Challenges to the credentials of delegates and alternates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention initiated on or after the 56th day preceding the date of commencement of the Democratic National Convention shall be processed in accordance with the “Rules of Procedure of the Credentials Committee of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.”
5. Any challenge to the credentials of a standing committee member shall be considered and resolved by the affected standing committee in accordance with Appendix A of the Call for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The Rules and Bylaws Committee shall have jurisdiction over challenges brought before the 56th day preceding the date of the commencement of the Democratic National Convention.
6. Copies of the Regulations of the Rules and Bylaws Committee and/or the Call for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, including the Rules of Procedure of the Credentials Committee (Appendix A), shall be made available by the State Party upon reasonable request.
7. Any group of fifteen Democrats with standing to challenge as defined in Reg. 3.2 or the Call (Appendix A, Sec. 2.A.), may bring a challenge to this Plan or to the implementation of this Plan, including its Affirmative Action provisions.
B. CHALLENGES TO THE STATUS OF THE STATE PARTY AND CHALLENGES TO THE PLAN
1. A challenge to the status of the State Party Committee as the body entitled to sponsor a delegation from that state shall be filed with the Rules and Bylaws Committee not later than thirty (30) calendar days prior to the initiation of the state’s delegate selection process.
2. A challenge to the state’s Delegate Selection Plan shall be filed with the Chair of the Illinois Democratic Party and the Co-Chairs of the Rules and Bylaws Committee within fifteen (15) calendar days after the adoption of the Plan by the State Party.
3. A challenge to a Plan must be brought in conformity with the Rules and the Regs., which should be consulted for a detailed explanation of challenge procedures.
C. CHALLENGES TO IMPLEMENTATION
1. A challenge may be brought alleging that a specific requirement of an approved Plan has not been properly implemented. Jurisdiction over all challenges initiated in a timely fashion shall reside with either the Rules and Bylaws Committee or the Credentials Committee of the National Convention (See Section VII.A. above). However, the Rules and Bylaws Committee may provide advice, assistance or interpretations of the Delegate Selection Rules at any stage of the delegate selection process.
2. An implementation challenge brought before the Rules and Bylaws Committee is initiated by filing a written challenge with the State Party Committee and with the Rules and Bylaws Committee not later then fifteen (15) days after the alleged violation occurred. The State Party has twenty-one (21) days to render a decision. Within ten (10) days of the decision, any party to the challenge may appeal it to the Rules and Bylaws Committee. If in fact, the State Party renders no decision, any party to the challenge may request the Rules and Bylaws Committee to process it. The request must be made within ten (10) days after expiration of the above twenty-one (21) day period.
3. Performance under an approved Affirmative Action Plan and composition of the con¬vention delegation shall be considered relevant evidence in the challenge to any state delegation. If a State Party has adopted and implemented an approved affirmative action program, the State Party shall not be subject to challenge based solely on delegation composition or primary results. (Rule 6.B.) The procedures are the same for challenges alleging failure to properly implement the Affirmative Action section of a Plan, except that such challenges must be filed not later than thirty (30) days prior to the initiation of the state’s delegate selection process.
4. Depending on the appropriate jurisdiction (see Section VIII.A. above), implementation challenges must be brought in conformity with the Regulations of the Rules and Bylaws Committee or the Rules of Procedure of the Credentials Committee, which should be consulted for a detailed explanation of challenge procedures.
SECTION IX
SUMMARY OF PLAN
A. SELECTION OF DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES
Illinois will use a proportional representation system based on the results of the Primary apportioning its delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
The “first determining step” of Illinois’s delegate selection process will occur on February 5, 2005, with a Primary.
Delegates and alternates will be selected as summarized on the following chart:

Type
Dele¬gates
Alter¬nates
Date of Selection
Selecting Body

Filing Requirements and Deadlines

District-Level Dele¬gates
District-Level Alternates 100 19 02/05/08
02/05/07
Selecting Body: Elected at Presidential Preference Primary. File nominating papers between October 29 and November 5, 2007.

Unpledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates* 29 n/a n/a
Automatic by virtue of respective public or Party office as provided in Rule 8.A. of the 2008 Delegate Selection Rules.

Unpledged Add-on
Delegates** 3 n/a 05/05/08
Selecting Body: State Delegation
Nominated by State Party Chair and selected May 5, 2008.

Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEOs) 20 *** 05/05/08
Selecting Body: State Delegation
File Statement of Candidacy with State Party by April 14, 2008.

At-Large Dele¬gates
At-Large Alternates 33 7 05/05/08
05/05/08
Selecting Body: State Delegation
File Statement of Candidacy with State Party by April 14, 2008.

TOTAL Delegates and Alternates 185 26

* Unpledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) delegates includes the following categories, if applicable, who legally reside in the state: the Democratic National Committee Members, the Democratic President, the Democratic Vice President, all Democratic Members of Congress, the Democratic Governor, and any other Distinguished Party Leader as specified in Rule 9.A. of the 2008 Delegate Selection Rules. The exact number of Unpledged PLEO Delegates is subject to change due to possible deaths, resignations, elections or special elections.
** Unpledged Add-on delegates refers to those delegates chosen according to Rule 9.B. of the 2008 Delegate Selection Rules.
*** Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) alternates are selected with the At-Large alternates.
B. SELECTION OF STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS (FOR THE CREDENTIALS, PLATFORM AND RULES COMMITTEES)
Standing committee members will be selected by the state’s National Convention delegates as summarized below:


Members Per Committee
Total Members
Selection Date
Filing Requirements and Deadlines
07 21 05/05/08 Nominated by Presidential Candidates by April 16, 2008.

C. SELECTION OF DELEGATION CHAIR AND CONVENTION PAGES
The Delegation Chair will be selected by the National Convention Delegates on May 5, 2008.
05 Convention Pages will be selected by the State Democratic Chair on May 5, 2008.
D. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FILING DEADLINE
Presidential candidates must file their nominating papers with the Illinois State Board of Elections between October 29 and November 5, 2007.
Presidential candidates must certify the name of their authorized representative(s) to the State Democratic Chair by October 15, 2007.
E. TIMETABLE

Date
Activity

2007
March 1,
Delegate Selection Affirmative Action Committee members are appointed by the State Chair.
March & April
Affirmative Action Committee meets to draft proposed Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans.
April 30
Proposed Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans are tentatively approved for public comment by State Party Committee.
April 30
Public comments are solicited on the proposed Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans. Press releases are mailed announcing the public comment period.
April 30
Period for public comment on state Plan is concluded. Responses are compiled for review by the State Party Committee.
May 5
State Party Committee reviews public comments and adopts revised Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans for submission to DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee. Press releases are mailed announcing the approval of the Plan.
May 6
Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans are forwarded to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee.
July 15
Presidential candidate petition forms are available from the State Party Committee Headquarters. Delegate and alternate candidates may obtain the statement of candidacy and pledge of support forms and filing instructions from State Party Committee Headquarters, in person, by mail, or from State Party’s web site at www.ildems.com.
August 15
State Party begins implementation of the Affirmative Action Plan. Press kits, as described in the Affirmative Action Plan, are sent to all state media.
September 1
Deadline for each announced presidential candidate to submit a statement specifying steps the candidate will take to encourage full participation in the delegate selection process. (Individuals who announce their candidacy after this date must provide this full participation statement to the State Party not later than 30 days after their announcement.)
October 15
Presidential candidate deadline for certifying the name(s) of their authorized representative(s) to the State Party.
October 29 First day for presidential and delegate candidates to file nominating petitions with the State Board of Elections
November 5
Presidential candidate deadline for filing nominating petitions with the State Board of Elections and a copy to the State Party. District-level delegate and alternate deadline for filing the statement of candidacy, nominating petitions, and pledge of support forms with the State Board of Elections, and a copy of the statement of candidacy and the pledge of support forms with the State Party.
November 7
State Party provides list of district-level delegate and alternate candidates to the respective Presidential candidates.
November 9
Presidential candidates provide list of approved district-level delegate and alternate candidates to State Party.
February 5
Presidential preference primary.
March 5
State Board of Elections certifies results of primary; pre-slated district-level delegates and alternates are allocated according to presidential preference.
March 8
State Party certifies elected district-level delegates and alternates to the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee.
April 14
Pledged PLEO and at-large delegate or alternate candidate deadline for filing the statement of candidacy and pledge of support forms with State Party.
April 16
State Party provides list of PLEO and at-large delegate and alternate candidates to the respective Presidential candidates.
April 18
Presidential candidates provide approved list of pledged PLEO delegate candidates to State Party.
May 5
State Delegation convenes. Unpledged add-on and pledged PLEO delegates selected. Following selection of PLEO delegates, presidential candidates provide approved list of at-large delegate and alternate candidates to State Party. State Delegation selects at-large delegates and alternates. Presidential candidates submit lists of candidates for standing committee members to State Party.
May 5 National Convention delegation meeting. Delegate select National Convention standing committee members and delegation chair. State Chair names convention pages.
May 7 State Party certifies remainder of elected delegates and alternates (Unpledged add-on, PLEOs, and at-large), along with standing committee members, delegation chair, and convention pages.
EXHIBITS TO THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN
A. MEMBERS OF THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION COMMITTEE
[List each member of the Affirmative Action Committee and indicate relevant demographic data about each member (i.e. African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian/Pacific American or White, Female or Male, and any other applicable Democratic constituency group as set forth in the Introduction to the Affirmative Action Plan).]
B. MEDIA OUTLETS TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE DELEGATE SELECTION PROCESS
1. Major Daily Newspapers, Radio and Television Stations
[List the other non-minority media sources, weekly newspapers, and wire services that will receive regular releases during the delegate selection process as part of the State Party’s outreach efforts.]
2. Other “Non-Minority” Media Outlets
[List the other non-minority media sources, weekly newspapers, and wire services that will receive regular releases during the delegate selection process as part of the State Party’s outreach efforts.]
3. Constituency and Specialty Media Outlets and Targeted Groups
[List minority newspapers and radio stations, ethnic press, Native American, Asian/Pacific American, Spanish-speaking and other non-English press, radio stations and publications, women’s organizations, student newspapers, gay and lesbian press, disability press, and any other specialty media and community organizations in the state that is likely to reach the Demo¬cratic constituencies set forth in the Introduction to the Affirmative Action Plan. This list should also specify the constituencies these media outlets will target as a priority effort to effectively publicize (bilingually where necessary) information about the delegate selection process.]
ATTACHMENTS TO THE DELEGATE SELECTION PLAN
[As specified in Reg. 2.2, the following documentation must accompany the state’s Delegate Selection Plan at the time it is formally submitted to the Rules and Bylaws Committee.]
1. A summary of the process for selecting delegates, alternates, standing committee members, the delegation chair and convention pages, along with related deadlines. [It is recommended that this information be incorporated as part of the state’s Delegate Selection Plan - see Section IX. of the Model Plan.] (Reg. 2.2.A.)
2. A timetable reflecting all significant dates in the state’s delegate selection process. [It is recommended that this information be incorporated as part of the state’s Delegate Selection Plan - see Section I. of the Model Plan.] (Reg. 2.2.B.)
3. A statement from the State Democratic Chair certifying the Plan as submitted to the RBC was approved by the State Party Committee. (Reg. 2.2.C.)
4. A copy of the press release distributed by the State Party Committee announcing its adoption of the Plan and summarizing the major components of the Plan. (Reg. 2.2.D.)
5. A statement from the State Democratic Chair certifying compliance with Rule 1.C. which requires a 30 day public comment period prior to the adoption of the Plan by the State Party. (Reg. 2.2.E.)
6. Copies of all written public comments on the Plan [Include information identifying each person and/or organization making the comment and where appropriate, a description of the person or group so represented, if such information has been provided or is available to the State Party.] (Reg. 2.2.F.)
7. A blank copy of forms to be filed with the state or the State Party by delegate candidates. (Reg. 2.2.G.)
8. A statement from the Chair of the Affirmative Action Committee certifying compliance with Rule 6.F., which requires that the Affirmative Action Committee has reviewed the proposed Affirmative Action outreach plan (Reg. 2.2.H.)
9. Copies of all state statutes reasonably related to the Delegate Selection Process [For example, include any and all state statutory requirements related to: ballot access for presidential candidates; filing requirements for delegate and alternate candidates; timing of the presidential primary, caucuses, and/or the state convention; participation in the state’s presidential primary or caucuses, including Party registration or enrollment provisions; and any other stipulations made by the state regarding the selection process or the role of National Convention delegates.] (Reg. 2.2.I.)
10. A copy of all qualifying forms to be filed with the state or the State Party by presidential candidates. (Reg. 2.2.J.)


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Obama's action in challenging the nominating petitions of the then State Senator Alice Palmer was an act of disrespect and personal greed against the person who tutored him in State government. It was always the machine that was challenging petitions as a way of taking the choice away from the voters. Obama is no different then his machine partners such as Daley, Stroger, Blago, Giannoulis, the indicted Rezko, Senate President Emil Jones who frustrates voting on ethics legislation, and others. He is silent on the widespread corruption in Chicago, Cook County and Illinois and is part and parcel of the bad government situation that we are facing. Alice Palmer was a widely respected independent Democrat that stands in strong contrast to the Obama politics and who upheld the tradition of the seat held by so many years by the respected Senator Dick Newhouse. Obama is a highly ambitious hustler who will say whatever he has to say and ally himself with whoever to reach his personal goals. Eventually most of the Illinois voters will see him for what he is and his rock star will soon to fade.

'Obama is a highly ambitious hustler who will say whatever he has to say and ally himself with whoever to reach his personal goals. Eventually most of the Illinois voters will see him for what he is and his rock star will soon to fade.'

"Find" 'Obama,' "Replace" 'Hillary Clinton.' "Find" 'Illinois,' "replace" 'New York.'

Otherwise, my sentiments exactly. Given the old IVI-IPO endorsements from Obama, as well as his home seat, I'm a little skeptical that he's actually as much of a machine politician as Wallace argues. Further, I'd much rather have a 'pawn' of Mayor Daley in office than a pawn of the military-industrial complex:

"The US arms industry is backing Hillary Clinton for President and has all but abandoned its traditional allies in the Republican party. Mrs Clinton has also emerged as Wall Street's favourite. Investment bankers have opened their wallets in unprecedented numbers for the New York senator over the past three months and, in the process, dumped their earlier favourite, Barack Obama."

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