Republicans File Illinois Delegate Slates

Three to five thousand signatures were required for Democratic and Republican presidential candidates to appear on the March 15, 2016 presidential preference ballot. In addition, candidates for delegate and alternate delegate were required to file petition signatures.  Campaigns could begin circulating petitions on October 8, 2015, and the filing period was January 4-6, 2016.

President of the United States
Signature Requirements

Not less than 3,000 nor more than 5,000 primary electors of his/her party (10 ILCS 5/7-11)

1% of the number of voters who voted at the next preceding statewide general election, or 25,000, whichever is less (10 ILCS 5/10-3)

1% of the number of voters who voted at the next preceding statewide general election, or 25,000, whichever is less (10 ILCS 5/10-2)

Filing Dates

ESTABLISHED PARTIES (10 ILCS 5/7-11 and the approved plans of the respective established political parties)
January 4 – January 6, 2016
Circulation begins October 8, 2015

June 20 - 27, 2016
Circulation begins March 29, 2016

June 20 - 27, 2016
Circulation begins March 29, 2016

Delegate and Alternate Delegate
Signature Requirements

Democratic: 500 (Delegate Selection Rules For the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Rule 14.C.)

Republican: At least the number of signatures equal to 0.5% of the qualified primary electors of his or her party in his or her congressional district (10 ILCS 5/7-10(b))

500 289
500 548
500 145
500 455
500 899
500 179
500 475
500 514
500 563
500 533
500 756
500 739
500 861
500 987
500 804
500 598
500 1,014

Filing Dates
January 4 – January 6, 2016 Circulation begins October 8, 2015

- press releases from some of the campaigns (alpha) -

Jeb 2016
January 4, 2016

Jeb Bush files full slate of Illinois delegates, alternate delegates and 2X required signatures

Today, at 8 a.m., representatives of our campaign filed ballot access petitions for a full slate of 54 Illinois delegates and 54 alternate delegates and a ballot access petition for Jeb Bush's presidential candidacy.  

The delegates and our campaign gathered more than two times the required number of signatures. In addition, the campaign is submitting 5,000 signatures in support of Jeb Bush's candidacy, the maximum permitted under the law. 

Altogether we submitted more than 30,000 signatures in order to qualify for the state's March 15, 2016 primary ballot. The filing window closes on January 6. Gov Bush filed at 8:00 a.m., the deadline to enter the lottery for the ballot placement, which is January 15 at 2:00 pm.

“I am proud of the strong ground organization we have built in Illinois and across the country for the long haul. Thank you to the committed supporters for their hard work, I am looking forward to competing hard in Illinois on March 15,” said Jeb Bush. (also see Jeb’s tweet)

This is another show of organizational strength on the ground by the campaign and its many volunteers, staff and supporters. See the full delegate slate and a story from Crain’s Chicago Business below.

Jeb Bush's Illinois Delegate Slate

Jeffrey S Arseneau
Kirstie Ann Brenson
Alexandra Dumezich
Patrick E. Rea
Timothy J. Rudis
Kathleen R. Rudis
Todd E. Arseneau
Michael Bossert
Jamie Boyd
Timothy Bukowski
Darren C Collier
Jeff Keast
G. Joel Baise
Ian Brenson
Scott Mc Pherson
Ben Noble
George Offord
Colleen Grant Schumann
Ramiro Gonzalez
Maureen Lydon
Louis J Rodriguez
Jesus E. Solorio
Joseph Urani
Walter Zarnecki
John M Dorgan
Amy S Findlay
Ron Gidwitz
Chris Nybo
Angelo "Skip" Saviano
R Stratford Shields
Betsy Baker
Stephen L Davis
Kirk W Dillard
Gary A Grasso
Gwen S Henry
Karen S McConnaughay
Carol Smith Donovan
Evan Andrew Feigenbaum
Gregory J Hart
Mark S Hosty
Kathleen A. Thomas
Brian Timpone
Rodney S. Craig
Laura Fitzpatrick
Paul B Hinds
Matthew Pike
Lauren Shiliga
Lori Solyom
Mary Childers
Tyrone Fahner
Dan Peterson
Adam M Robinson
Muneer Ahmad Satter
Katherine Dold White
Louis G Atsaves
Bob Crawford
Lawrence W Falbe
Aaron L Lawlor
Alexander D Stuart
Reeve B Waud
John Aguilar
Gregory W. Baise
Jay Bergman
Roger C Claar
Robert J Schillerstrom
Sheldon L Watts
Magen Brumleve
Gloria M Campos
Zachary S. Donahue
George W Obernagel III
Bruce Rodely
Amy E Sholar
Adam M Brown
Heidy P Carruthers
Martin Davis
Gordy Hulten
Bruce Kettelkamp
Jerrold Stocks
Tom Cross
Andrew M Faville
Gerard J Keating
Paul D Lencioni
Burton D. Minor
Gary T Rabine
Allen P Adomite
David A. Albin
Robert V Fox
Gregory J Knott
Jean Myers
Lu Ann Walker
Lauren H Johnson
Adam D Kinzinger
David Matthew Nelson
Susan M Rezin
Susan Thornton
Lori A Werden
Andrea Anderson
Michael Dittmar
C Clinton Elmore
William "Bill" Hadley
Todd Schlichting
Gary Snyder
David L Bender
Bill Brady
Jim Edgar
William L Kempiners
Connie Nord
Raymond Poe

Chris Christie for President
January 4, 2l016

For Immediate Release:                                                
Monday, January 4, 2016

Christie First To File For Illinois Primary

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Today, Governor Christie’s campaign was first to file to be on the ballot in Illinois with over 22,000 signatures and a full slate of 108 delegates and alternates from all 18 Congressional Districts.

“I am incredibly grateful for the thousands of hours of work by our volunteers and staff to get us on the ballot in Illinois,” said Governor Christie. “Over the next few months, I will continue to work hard to directly engage voters in town hall meetings and along the campaign trail to candidly discuss the tough issues our country faces including, ensuring our national security, facing our looming entitlement crisis and tackling the addiction epidemic.”

The campaign submitted 5,000 signatures to place Governor Christie’s name on the statewide ballot, the maximum allowed under state law. In addition, the campaign submitted over 17,000 signatures on behalf of 108 delegates and alternates pledged to support Governor Christie from each of Illinois’ 18 Congressional districts. On March 15, voters across Illinois will cast their votes for Presidential candidates and pledged delegates to attend the Republican National Convention to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18 to 21, 2016. Illinois is widely considered to be the toughest state in the country to gain access to the ballot as a Presidential candidate in terms of signature and delegate requirements.

In addition to Illinois, Governor Christie is already on the ballot in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Wyoming, as well as participating in the US territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Cruz for President
January 7, 2016

Cruz For President Announces Illinois Leadership Team

HOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced his 46-person Illinois Leadership Team that will help direct his strong grassroots organization and bring his consistent, conservative message to voters throughout the Prairie State. On Monday January 4, 2016 the Cruz for President campaign filed a full slate of delegates and alternates in all 18 Illinois Congressional Districts.

"I'm honored and grateful to have the support of these strong conservatives across Illinois,” said Cruz. "This group of elected officials, Republican chairmen, grassroots activists, Tea Party leaders, evangelicals and pastors represents conservatives in every part of the state, and they are capable of producing one of the best ground games in the country."

"I'm delighted that such a distinguished group of conservatives from across the state has come together under the leadership of Ted Cruz," said Illinois Co-Chairman Chris Cleveland. "Senator Cruz is far and away the best choice for conservatives in Illinois."

The Cruz for President Illinois Leadership Team includes the following:

State Senator Tim Bivins (45th District) – Former Sheriff Lee County
State Senator Chapin Rose (51st District)
Chris Cleveland – Chairman, Chicago Republican Party
Nicholas Kammer – Conservative Activist

Leadership Team
Sharee S. Langenstein, Esq. – Eagle Forum National Issues Chairman for Religious Liberty; Delegate, Republican National Platform Committee
H. Lee Newcom – Former President of URF of Illinois; former McLean County Recorder; former McLean County Board member; former Executive Director of IL Christian Coalition
Blair Garber – IL Republican Party State Central Committeeman
Jan Klaas – Republican State Central Committee; Deputy for 16th Congressional District; Former Chairman Winnebago County Republican Central Committee
Steve Orlando – Federation of Illinois Young Republicans; Chairman, Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Illinois
Gretchen Fritz – Will County Republican Central Committee
Pastor Stephen Nyberg – Pankeyville Baptist Church
Karen Hayes – Illinois Family Institute, Board Member
Kevin McGrane – Palatine Township Republican Organization, President
Raquel Mitchell – Wheatland Township Trustee
C. Steven Tucker – Chicago Tea Party
Don Castella – Former Vernon Township Republican Chairman
Chuck Kern – Supervisor, Wheatland Township, Will County
Bradley Wulfsohn – Northshore Tea Party Leader
Clifford Lindemann – Jefferson County Board Member; Republican Central Committee Member
Jim Fisher – McLean County Tea Party Board Member
Patrick Harlan – President Knox County Tea Party
Sandy Dragoo – Founder and Coordinator of the Springfield, Illinois Tea Party Group
Robert Boharic – Retired Circuit Court Judge
James Kammer – Retired physician a, former Examiner for American Board of Ophthalmology
Pastor Mark Minor – 2012 GOP State Senate Candidate (59th District)
Yvonne Bolton – Hispanic Community Leader & Former GOP State Rep. Candidate
Steve Balich – Will County Board, Co Founder of the Will County Tea Party Alliance and Homer Lockport Tea Party
Doug Scheflow – Kane County Board Member
Sherry Hellmuth – DeKalb County Republican Central Committee; Board Member for the DeKalb County IL Tea Party; Treasurer for the Illinois Conservatives PAC
Michael Hildebrand – Kankakee County Board
Michael Flynn – Conservative Activist
Deborah R. Leininger – State Director, Concerned Women for America of Illinois
Tony Peraica – Former Cook County Commissioner
David Smith – Illinois Family Institute
Jill Dolan – Board of Directors, Republican Women of Park Ridge; Conservative Activist
Audrey Tancos – President of Bremen Township Republican Organization; Past President of United Southland Republican Women
Kathleen Valente – Illinois Family Institute
Steve Coven – LaSalle County Tea Party
Jasmine Velasco Hauser – Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Secretary
Hilary Till – Women’s Republican Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, Vice-President
Steve Rooney – McHenry Township Republican Central Committee Chairman
David Hullinger – Grassroots Conservative Activist
Gary Stittgen – Lake Villa Township Republican Club, President
Loren Heal – Grassroots Activist
Linda Dotson – Former Stephenson County Board Member; former Chairman of Stephenson County Tea Party; Upper Northwestern Illinois Republican Women
Pastor Lance Davis – New Zion Covenant Church


...and from 3 1/2 months earlier, on Sept. 12, 2015 this email was posted on Cal Skinner's McHenry County Blog

Nick Kammer from near Champaign is a volunteer for the Ted Cruz for President campaign.

He has sent the following:

The Ted Cruz campaign in Illinois is actively recruiting qualified candidates for potential Delegate and Alternate Delegate positions to the Republican National Convention.

Anyone supporting Sen. Ted Cruz for President who is a committed conservative and is involved in the community or has run for or held public office is invited to inquire by sending an email to with your name, contact info, and Congressional District number or Congressman’s name of where you live.

We will add you to our initial list, which will be winnowed down and finalized in the near future.

We are doing this, because Sen. Cruz’s support is quite broad and deep and we want to give all qualified candidates an opportunity to submit their interest without missing good people.

If you are interested in general volunteer work, please sign up at the national site:

Thank you, and God bless America.
Cruz for Illinois

Kasich for America
January 6, 2016


Kasich for America Files Full Slate of Illinois Delegates & Alternates


Today Governor John Kasich's presidential campaign filed a full slate of delegates and alternates in Illinois. 
Said Governor Kasich, "Our ground operation is solid in Illinois. I'm grateful to every person on our slate for their willingness to share their expertise and work to spread our message. These individuals truly understand the voters of Illinois and will be an incredible asset to us going forward."
Gov. Kasich is running for President to help Americans restore our nation, live in safety and pass on prosperity to those who come after us—and he’s got the experience to help us do it. He was reelected last year by a 30-point margin after working with his fellow Ohioans to turn an $8 billion shortfall into a $2 billion surplus, cut taxes $5 billion and create more than 300,000 new private sector jobs.  As chair of the Budget Committee in Congress he led the effort to balance the federal budget for the first time in a generation and served 18 years on the House Armed Services Committee where he helped enact President Reagan's national security agenda.  He has also had a successful career as an investment banker, New York Times best-selling author and at FOX News.  He and his wife Karen have twin teenage daughters and live in their home outside Columbus. You can learn more about him at


Marco Rubio for President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         Alex Conant/Brooke Sammon
January 6, 2016                                                    

Rubio Qualifies for Illinois Ballot With 100% Volunteer Effort Collecting Signatures 

Today, the Marco Rubio for President campaign filed for the statewide ballot and delegate slates in Illinois.

With the help of over 400 volunteers in Illinois collecting signatures, Marco qualified for the ballot without having to pay anyone to collect a single signature. Unlike other campaigns, 100 percent of Marco Rubio for President's ballot access signature efforts have been volunteer based. It's a sign of organizational strength and thriftiness that will get Marco on every ballot using only volunteers.

“I am proud and honored today to stand as a delegate for Senator Marco Rubio. He represents the best and brightest of what America has to offer,” said Congressman LaHood, one of Marco's Co-Chairs in Illinois. “Senator Rubio’s uplifting plan to create good paying 21st Century jobs will ensure more people are able to achieve the American Dream. Marco is a transformational leader, with a bold vision for a New American Century. I am proud to be a part of his team, and I look forward to representing him as a delegate.”

"It tells the story that some 400 volunteers secured Marco Rubio's place on the Illinois primary ballot. He is a candidate who can unite Republicans and inspire the next generation of conservative leadership in America," said Sen. Mike Connelly, one of Marco's Co-Chairs in Illinois.

Joining Congressman LaHood and State Senator Connelly, the Rubio delegate list is packed with solid conservative leadership credentials. Across the state, legislators, mayors, county officials, community activists, and grassroots leaders are joining together to help Rubio win the Illinois race.

With the help of volunteers knocking on doors, collecting signatures, and sharing Marco's optimistic message for our country, Marco has now qualified for the ballot in 46 states, and is on track to be on the ballot in every state and territory. 


Donald J. Trump for President
January 4, 2016

Donald J. Trump Files to be on the Ballot in Illinois

New York, NY) January 4th, 2016 – Today Donald J. Trump for President Inc. announced the campaign has officially filed to be on the ballot of the March 15, 2016 Illinois Republican Presidential Primary. Mr. Trump’s campaign also filed a full slate of delegates for the Republican National Convention which will take place in Cleveland July 18-21, 2016. 

Mr. Trump stated, “It is my honor to be on the ballot in Illinois and to file a full slate of delegates. We have received tremendous support from so many people in Illinois, we are leading in all the polls and have had the largest crowds. With the support of the people of Illinois, and around the country, we will Make America Great Again.”

Mr. Trump has a definitive lead in all national and state polls where most recently he was leading in Illinois by a wide, double digit margin.

Tonight, Mr. Trump will campaign in Massachusetts before heading to New Hampshire, Vermont, South Carolina, and Iowa later in the week.