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2008 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Copyright Illinois Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 5 February 20081
National Convention delegation meeting: Monday 5 May 2008
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein1,318,234  64.66%104.0  56.22% 
Clinton, Hillary Rodham667,930  32.76%49.0  26.49% 
Edwards, John Reid39,719   1.95%  
Kucinich, Dennis J.4,234   0.21%  
Biden, Joseph Robinette "Joe", Jr.3,788   0.19%  
Richardson, William B. "Bill", III3,538   0.17%  
Dodd, Christopher J. "Chris"1,171   0.06%  
Uncommitted 32.0  17.30% 
(not voting)  185.0 100.00%
Total2,038,614 100.00%185.0 100.00%185.0 100.00%

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Tuesday 5 February 2008

polling hours: 6 AM local time (1200 UTC) to 7 PM local time (0100 UTC)

153 of 185 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Illinois Presidential Primary: 100 delegates allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 19 congressional districts; 53 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level.


Here is how we compute the delegate count (based on certified returns from an official source as of 11 March 2008):

  1. A candidate must receive 15% or more of the total popular vote to qualify for delegates. Discard votes cast for those candidates who do not qualify. Clinton and Obama have qualified for delegates.
  2. Allocate Congressional District delegates from the qualified vote in each district. Allocate Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates using the state-wide qualified vote.
  3. In each jurisdiction (CD and statewide):
    1. Total qualified vote = total votes cast for the qualifying candidates in the jurisdiction.
    2. Allocation = (delegates for the jurisdiction) (candidate's popular vote) (total qualified vote).
    3. Assign each candidate the WHOLE NUMBER of delegates.
    4. If delegates remain, allocate each of the remaining delegates to those candidates with the LARGEST REMAINDERS.


Unpledged delegates as of
29 January 2008: Clinton: 1, Obama: 18
24 February 2008: Obama: 19
29 February 2008: Obama: 20
8 March 2008: Obama: 21
15 March 2008: Obama: 22
22 March 2008: Obama: 24
30 March 2008: Obama: 25
7 May 2008: Obama: 28
4 June 2008: Obama: 29


Tuesday 5 February 2008: 153 of 185 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Illinois Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level.

  • 100 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 19 congressional districts.
    • CD 1: 8
    • CD 2: 8
    • CD 3: 6
    • CD 4: 4
    • CD 5: 6
    • CD 6: 4
    • CD 7: 8
    • CD 8: 4
    • CD 9: 6
    • CD 10: 5
    • CD 11: 5
    • CD 12: 5
    • CD 13: 5
    • CD 14: 4
    • CD 15: 4
    • CD 16: 4
    • CD 17: 5
    • CD 18: 4
    • CD 19: 5
  • In addition, 53 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 33 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 20 Pledged PLEOs

Monday 5 May 2008: State Convention

The remaining 32 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 29 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 15 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 13 Members of Congress (2 Senators and 11 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 0 Distinguished Party Leaders.
  • 3 Unpledged "add-on"s (selected during the State Convention).

These 32 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

Delegation to the National Convention

Illinois Delegation (as posted by, 18 August 2008)

Pledged District3169100
Pledged PLEO71320
Pledged At-Large112233
Total Pledged49104153
Alternate Pledged District01919
Alternate Pledged PLEO000
Alternate Pledged At-Large257
Total Alternates22426
Unpledged  31
Credentials Committee  8
Platform Committee  9
Rules Committee  9
Pages  5
Pledged District 1ObamaHon. Roland W. BurrisChicago, IL
Pledged District 1ObamaLula FordChicago, IL
Pledged District 1ObamaAlan KingChicago, IL
Pledged District 1ObamaFreddrenna LyleChicago, IL
Pledged District 1ObamaAbner MikvaChicago, IL
Pledged District 1ObamaHon. Toni PreckwinkleChicago, IL
Pledged District 1ObamaHon. Kwame RaoulChicago, IL
Pledged District 1ObamaCarolyn RushChicago, IL
Pledged District 2ObamaHon. Carrie AustinChicago, IL
Pledged District 2ObamaAnthony BealeChicago, IL
Pledged District 2ObamaMichael EaddyChicago, IL
Pledged District 2ObamaLeslie HaristonChicago, IL
Pledged District 2ObamaCheryle JacksonChicago, IL
Pledged District 2ObamaHon. Sandi JacksonChicago, IL
Pledged District 2ObamaHon. James MeeksChicago, IL
Pledged District 2ObamaBill Williams, Jr.Chicago, IL
Pledged District 3ClintonMartin ArteagaChicago, IL
Pledged District 3ClintonColleen BurnsChicago, IL
Pledged District 3ObamaHon. John DaleyChicago, IL
Pledged District 3ObamaHon. Lisa HernandezCicero, IL
Pledged District 3ClintonSheila MurphyChicago, IL
Pledged District 3ObamaArthur VelasquezPalos Hills, IL
Pledged District 4ObamaLeticia DelgadilloChicago, IL
Pledged District 4ObamaHon. Miguel DelValleChicago, IL
Pledged District 4ClintonHon. Diana LopezChicago, IL
Pledged District 4ClintonHon. Marty SandovalChicago, IL
Pledged District 5ClintonMatthew BeaudetChicago, IL
Pledged District 5ClintonDarryl DePriestChicago, IL
Pledged District 5ObamaHon. Margaret LaurinoChicago, IL
Pledged District 5ObamaSylvia MartinezChicago, IL
Pledged District 5ClintonLinda MurphyChicago, IL
Pledged District 5ObamaHon. Mike QuigleyChicago, IL
Pledged District 6ClintonJoan BrennanElk Grove Village, IL
Pledged District 6ObamaMark DemichWheaton, IL
Pledged District 6ObamaGayl FerraroLombard, IL
Pledged District 6ClintonBrian J. McPartlinMt. Prospect, IL
Pledged District 7ObamaByron Brasier, Sr.Chicago, IL
Pledged District 7ObamaHon. Deborah GrahamChicago, IL
Pledged District 7ObamaHon. Mattie HunterChicago, IL
Pledged District 7ObamaBill McNaryChicago, IL
Pledged District 7ObamaAmalia RiojaRiver Forest, IL
Pledged District 7ObamaHon. Ed SmithChicago, IL
Pledged District 7ClintonHon. Daniel SolisChicago, IL
Pledged District 7ObamaHon. Karen YarbroughMaywood, IL
Pledged District 8ClintonMellody GomezRound Lake, IL
Pledged District 8ObamaPatricia Montanez-GomezDeer Park, IL
Pledged District 8ObamaRon PowellMundelein, IL
Pledged District 8ClintonScott A. ZiomekPalatine, IL
Pledged District 9ObamaJesus AlvarezSkokie, IL
Pledged District 9ObamaSelma D'SouzaDesPlaines, IL
Pledged District 9ObamaDebra ShoreEvanston, IL
Pledged District 9ClintonBernard StoneChicago, IL
Pledged District 9ObamaHon. Tom TunneyChicago, IL
Pledged District 9ClintonElaine WeissEvanston, IL
Pledged District 10ClintonMichael M. ConwayGlencoe, IL
Pledged District 10ObamaBill CrowleyGlenview, IL
Pledged District 10ClintonVoda J. EbelingArlington Heights, IL
Pledged District 10ObamaHon. Terry LinkWaukegan, IL
Pledged District 10ObamaAudrey NixonChicago, IL
Pledged District 11ObamaAlice E. ArgyelanBourbonnais, IL
Pledged District 11ObamaHon. Debbie HalvorsonCrete, IL
Pledged District 11ClintonLuella KelloggMorris, IL
Pledged District 11ClintonHon. Mike MatejkaBloomington, IL
Pledged District 11ObamaLawrence WalshElwood, IL
Pledged District 12ObamaBarb BrownChester, IL
Pledged District 12ObamaHon. James ClayborneBelleville, IL
Pledged District 12ObamaHon. William HaineAlton, IL
Pledged District 12ClintonRoger PooleSmithton, IL
Pledged District 12ClintonKathy WestDuQuoin, IL
Pledged District 13ObamaNancy S. ChenNaperville, IL
Pledged District 13ClintonEmilia DiMencoHindsdale, IL
Pledged District 13ObamaRick MerrillLisle, IL
Pledged District 13ClintonRaghu NayakOak Brook, IL
Pledged District 13ObamaCynthia RodriguezLockport, IL
Pledged District 14ClintonAlex ArroyoAurora, IL
Pledged District 14ObamaHon. Linda Chapa LaViaAurora, IL
Pledged District 14ObamaMark GuethleNorth Aurora, IL
Pledged District 14ObamaLinda Ramirez SliwinksiCarpentersville, IL
Pledged District 15ObamaHon. Michael FrerichsChampaign, IL
Pledged District 15ObamaGina JacksonChampaign, IL
Pledged District 15ObamaScott KairDanville, IL
Pledged District 15ClintonGerri KirchnerUrbana, IL
Pledged District 16ClintonBarb GiolittoRockford, IL
Pledged District 16ObamaHon. Charles JeffersonRockford, IL
Pledged District 16ObamaSunil PuriRockford, IL
Pledged District 16ObamaMary TuiteRockford, IL
Pledged District 17ObamaDennis AhernMoline, IL
Pledged District 17ObamaBonnie L. HarrisGalesburg, IL
Pledged District 17ObamaHon. Denny JacobsEast Moline, IL
Pledged District 17ClintonVirgil MayberryRock Island, IL
Pledged District 17ClintonChristine WinickGalesburg, IL
Pledged District 18ObamaMargaret KoehlerPeoria, IL
Pledged District 18ClintonRobert MarkhamPeoria, IL
Pledged District 18ObamaJackie PettyPeoria, IL
Pledged District 18ObamaHon. John SullivanRushville, IL
Pledged District 19ClintonSue Ann BuchananAlton, IL
Pledged District 19ClintonGary DuncanWoodlawn, IL
Pledged District 19ObamaScherrie GiamancoMt. Vernon, IL
Pledged District 19ObamaPatti J. HahnCentralia, IL
Pledged District 19ObamaHon. Brandon PhelpsHarrisburg, IL
Pledged PLEOObamaTom BalanoffHghland Park, IL
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Victory BellRockford, IL
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Joe BerriosChicago, IL
Pledged PLEOObamaEd BurkeChicago, IL
Pledged PLEOClintonGeorge CardenasChicago, IL
Pledged PLEOObamaMichael CarriganSpringfield, IL
Pledged PLEOClintonKevin ConlonWilmette, IL
Pledged PLEOClintonJack FranksMarengo, IL
Pledged PLEOObamaDennis GannonChicago, IL
Pledged PLEOObamaAlexi GiannouliasChicago, IL
Pledged PLEOObamaJulie HamosEvanston, IL
Pledged PLEOObamaDan HynesChicago, IL
Pledged PLEOClintonSylvia LeonbergerAurora, IL
Pledged PLEOObamaLisa MadiganChicago, IL
Pledged PLEOClintonShirley McCombsPetersburg, IL
Pledged PLEOObamaHarry OstermanChicago, IL
Pledged PLEOClintonHon. Alice PalmerChicago, IL
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Pat QuinnChicago, IL
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Cynthia SotoChicago, IL
Pledged PLEOObamaHon. Jesse WhiteChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeClintonValerie AlexanderChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaAnita AlvarezRiverForest, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaMichael BauerChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeClintonRichard BoykinOak Park, IL
Pledged At-LargeClintonGay BruhnAurora, IL
Pledged At-LargeClintonDelmarie CobbChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaPam CullertonChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeClintonLynn CutlerChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaNoele De LeonChampaign, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaTammy DuckworthHoffman Estates, IL
Pledged At-LargeClintonRaj FernandoChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaNellie GroveSpringfield, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaSoraida GutierrezChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaCindy HoulihanSpringfield, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaLorrie JonesChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaAnn KalayilChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaRobin KellyMatteson, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaJane MazzottiTaylorville, IL
Pledged At-LargeClintonCarmen J. MoraChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaDavid MunarChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaNorma NunezTaylor Ridge, IL
Pledged At-LargeClintonKevin O'KeefeChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeClintonJ.B. PritzkerChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaKappy L. ScatesShawneetown, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaSheila SimonCarbondale, IL
Pledged At-LargeClintonMaya SolisChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaMarilyn StewartMatteson, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaHenry TamarinChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaTina TchenChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaMartha E. ToviasDowners Grove, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaLauren VerdichChicago, IL
Pledged At-LargeObamaAnne WednerWinnetka, IL
Pledged At-LargeClintonTim WrightChicago, IL
Alternate Pledged DistrictObamaKim LightfordMaywood, IL
Alternate Pledged District 1ObamaGreta IversChicago, IL
Alternate Pledged District 2ObamaSalim AinurridinHazel Crest, IL
Alternate Pledged District 3ObamaMaria VazquezChicago, IL
Alternate Pledged District 4ObamaBilly OcasioChicago, IL
Alternate Pledged District 5ObamaJackie KaplanChicago, IL
Alternate Pledged District 6ObamaRonald A. StavoeMt. Prospect, IL
Alternate Pledged District 8ObamaKenneth R. BoydChicago, IL
Alternate Pledged District 9ObamaNaisy DolarChicago, IL
Alternate Pledged District 10ObamaHarvey WinebergChicago, IL
Alternate Pledged District 11ObamaKathy TervenBloomington, IL
Alternate Pledged District 12ObamaAlan PirtleColumbia, IL
Alternate Pledged District 13ObamaPatricia McLaughlinOrland Park, IL
Alternate Pledged District 14ObamaFred CasillasRock Falls, IL
Alternate Pledged District 15ObamaCarolyn B. HodgeParis, IL
Alternate Pledged District 16ObamaGeorge GualrappFreeport, IL
Alternate Pledged District 17ObamaHon. Deanne DemuzioCarlinville, IL
Alternate Pledged District 18ObamaGeneral ParkerPeoria, IL
Alternate Pledged District 19ObamaAnn L. BlackfordOlney, IL
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonRocco ClapsVilla Park, IL
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaJacqueline CollinsChicago, IL
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaClarisol DuqueChicago, IL
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Don HarmonOak Park, IL
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaHon. Jay HoffmanCollinsville, IL
Alternate Pledged At-LargeClintonMary KennellyChicago, IL
Alternate Pledged At-LargeObamaDennis WilliamsGurnee, IL
Delegation Vice Chair
 Hon. Constance HowardChicago, IL
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Michael MadiganSpringfield, IL
Unpledged Hon. Todd H. StrogerChicago, IL
Unpledged Add-On Sue CarpentierChicago, IL
Unpledged Add-On Barbara CurrieChicago, IL
Unpledged Add-On
Delegation Chair
 Hon. Richard DaleyChicago, IL
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Melissa BeanWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Jerry CostelloBelleville, IL
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Danny K. DavisWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Rahm EmanuelChicago, IL
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Bill FosterWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Luis GutierrezChicago, IL
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Phil HareWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr.Washington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Daniel LipinskiWashington, DC
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Bobby RushChicago, IL
Unpledged Congressman Hon. Janice SchakowskyWashington, DC
Unpledged DNC Member Willie BarrowChicago, IL
Unpledged DNC Member Margaret BlackshereNiles, IL
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Thomas C. HynesChicago, IL
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Emil Jones, Jr.Springfield, IL
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Iris Y. MartinezChicago, IL
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Steve PowellRosemont, IL
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. John RednourDuQuoin, IL
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Carol RonenChicago, IL
Unpledged DNC Member Edward M. SmithSpringfield, IL
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Darlena Williams-BurnettChicago, IL
Unpledged DNC Member Hon. Margie WoodsJoliet, IL
Unpledged Governor Hon. Rod BlagojevichSpringfield, IL
Unpledged Senator Hon. Richard DurbinWashington, DC
Unpledged Senator Hon. Barack ObamaWashington, DC
Credentials CommitteeClintonPatsy BowlesBloomington, IL
Credentials CommitteeObamaJacky GrimshawChicago, IL
Credentials CommitteeObamaMarilyn KatzChicago, IL
Credentials Committee Fred Lebad 
Credentials CommitteeObamaDianne MeeksCarbondale, IL
Credentials Committee Malik MujahidBridgeview, IL
Credentials CommitteeObamaRick MunozChicago, IL
Credentials CommitteeObamaBob RivkinChicago, IL
Platform CommitteeObamaHenry BayerChicago, IL
Platform CommitteeObamaEd GeppertBelleville, IL
Platform CommitteeObamaCinda KlicknaRochester, IL
Platform CommitteeClintonJoan MurphyCrestwood, IL
Platform CommitteeObamaRenae OgletreeChicago, IL
Platform CommitteeClintonBob RemerChicago, IL
Platform Committee Smita ShahChicago, IL
Platform CommitteeClintonMary SmithLansing, IL
Platform Committee Reginald WeaverWashington, DC
Rules CommitteeClintonJon BungeWinnetka, IL
Rules Committee Kevin ConlonChicago, IL
Rules Committee Hon. Sandi JacksonChicago, IL
Rules CommitteeObamaMike KreloffNorthfield, IL
Rules CommitteeObamaLaura C. LiuChicago, IL
Rules CommitteeObamaCourtney NottageGlenview, IL
Rules CommitteeClintonKaren PittengerChicago, IL
Rules CommitteeObamaJesse H. RuizChicago, IL
Rules CommitteeObamaHon. Latasha R. ThomasChicago, IL
Page April BurgosSpringfield, IL
Page Lee CrawfordSpringfield, IL
Page Joe GarciaSpringfield, IL
Page Andrew MadiganSpringfield, IL
Page Sarah StanfillSpringfield, IL

Congressional Districts  

Illinois has 102 counties and 19 congressional districts: 71 counties are wholly within a given congressional district and 31 counties are divided among more than one congressional district.

UNDIVIDED COUNTIES (wholly within one Congressional District):

  • CD # 11: Grundy, Kankakee and LaSalle
  • CD # 12: Alexander, Franklin, Jackson, Monroe, Perry, Pulaski, Randolph, St.Clair and Union
  • CD # 14: Kane, Kendall and Lee
  • CD # 15: Champaign, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Moultrie, Piatt and Vermilion
  • CD # 16: Boone, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago
  • CD # 17: Calhoun, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Macoupin, McDonough, Mercer, Rock Island and Warren
  • CD # 18: Brown, Cass, Logan, Marshall, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Peoria, Putnam, Schuyler, Scott, Stark and Tazewell
  • CD # 19: Bond, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Pope, Richland, Washington and Wayne

DIVIDED COUNTIES (split between more than one Congressional District):

  • Adams: CDs 17 & 18
  • Bureau: CDs 11, 14 & 18
  • Christian: CDs 19 & 17
  • Cook: CDs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 13 [CDs # 1, # 2, # 3, # 4, # 5, # 7 and # 9 are wholly within Cook County]
  • DeKalb: CDs 14 & 16
  • DuPage: CDs 6, 13 & 14
  • Edwards: CDs 15 & 19
  • Fayette: CDs 17 & 19
  • Gallatin: CDs 15 & 19
  • Greene: CDs 17 & 19
  • Henry: CDs 14 & 17
  • Jersey: CDs 17 & 19
  • Knox: CDs 17 & 18
  • Lake: CDs 8 & 10
  • Lawrence: CDs 15 & 19
  • Livingston: CDs 11 & 15
  • Macon: CDs 15, 17 & 18
  • Madison: CDs 12 & 19
  • McHenry: CDs 8 & 16
  • McLean: CDs 11 & 15
  • Montgomery: CDs 17 & 19
  • Pike: CDs 17 & 18
  • Saline: CDs 15 & 19
  • Sangamon: CDs 17 & 19
  • Shelby: CDs 17 & 19
  • Wabash: CDs 15 & 19
  • White: CDs 15 & 19
  • Whiteside: CDs 14, 16 & 17
  • Will: CDs 11 & 13
  • Williamson: CDs 12 & 19
  • Woodford: CDs 11 & 18

1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.


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