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1    AN ACT concerning elections.
 
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
 
4    Section 5. The Election Code is amended by changing Section
57-8 as follows:
 
6    (10 ILCS 5/7-8)  (from Ch. 46, par. 7-8)
7    Sec. 7-8. The State central committee shall be composed of
8one or two members from each congressional district in the
9State and shall be elected as follows:
10
State Central Committee
11    (a) Within 30 days after the effective date of this
12amendatory Act of 1983 the State central committee of each
13political party shall certify to the State Board of Elections
14which of the following alternatives it wishes to apply to the
15State central committee of that party.
16    Alternative A. In each congressional district at the
17general primary election held in 2014 and every 4 years
18thereafter, the male candidate receiving the highest number of
19votes of the party's male candidates for State central
20committeeman, and the female candidate receiving the highest
21number of votes of the party's female candidates for State
22central committeewoman, shall be declared elected State
23central committeeman and State central committeewoman from the

 

 

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1district. At the general primary election held in 2014 and
2every 4 years thereafter, if all of a party's candidates for
3State central committeemen or State central committeewomen
4from a congressional district are of the same sex, the
5candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall be
6declared elected a State central committeeman or State central
7committeewoman from the district, and, because of a failure to
8elect one male and one female to the committee, a vacancy shall
9be declared to exist in the office of the second member of the
10State central committee from the district. This vacancy shall
11be filled by appointment by the congressional committee of the
12political party, and the person appointed to fill the vacancy
13shall be a resident of the congressional district and of the
14sex opposite that of the committeeman or committeewoman elected
15at the general primary election. Each congressional committee
16shall make this appointment by voting on the basis set forth in
17paragraph (e) of this Section.
18    To qualify as a candidate for election or appointment as a
19State central committeeman or committeewoman, a person must
20have voted in 3 of the 4 most recent primary elections of the
21political party operating under this Alternative A.
22    Whenever At the primary in 1970 and at the general primary
23election held every 4 years thereafter, each primary elector
24may vote for one candidate of his party for member of the State
25central committee for the congressional district in which he
26resides. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes

 

 

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1shall be declared elected State central committeeman from the
2district. A political party may, in lieu of the foregoing, by a
3majority vote of delegates at any State convention of such
4party, determine to thereafter elect the State central
5committeemen in the manner following:
6    At the county convention held by such political party State
7central committeemen shall be elected in the same manner as
8provided in this Article for the election of officers of the
9county central committee, and such election shall follow the
10election of officers of the county central committee. Each
11elected ward, township or precinct committeeman shall cast as
12his vote one vote for each ballot voted in his ward, township,
13part of a township or precinct in the last preceding primary
14election of his political party. In the case of a county lying
15partially within one congressional district and partially
16within another congressional district, each ward, township or
17precinct committeeman shall vote only with respect to the
18congressional district in which his ward, township, part of a
19township or precinct is located. In the case of a congressional
20district which encompasses more than one county, each ward,
21township or precinct committeeman residing within the
22congressional district shall cast as his vote one vote for each
23ballot voted in his ward, township, part of a township or
24precinct in the last preceding primary election of his
25political party for one candidate of his party for member of
26the State central committee for the congressional district in

 

 

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1which he resides and the Chairman of the county central
2committee shall report the results of the election to the State
3Board of Elections. The State Board of Elections shall certify
4the candidate receiving the highest number of votes elected
5State central committeeman for that congressional district.
6    The State central committee shall adopt rules to provide
7for and govern the procedures to be followed in the election of
8members of the State central committee.
9    After the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st
10General Assembly, whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of
11Chairman of a State central committee, or at the end of the
12term of office of Chairman, the State central committee of each
13political party that has selected Alternative A shall elect a
14Chairman who shall not be required to be a member of the State
15Central Committee. The Chairman shall be a registered voter in
16this State and of the same political party as the State central
17committee.
18    Alternative B. Each congressional committee shall, within
1930 days after the adoption of this alternative, appoint a
20person of the sex opposite that of the incumbent member for
21that congressional district to serve as an additional member of
22the State central committee until his or her successor is
23elected at the general primary election in 1986. Each
24congressional committee shall make this appointment by voting
25on the basis set forth in paragraph (e) of this Section. In
26each congressional district at the general primary election

 

 

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1held in 1986 and every 4 years thereafter, the male candidate
2receiving the highest number of votes of the party's male
3candidates for State central committeeman, and the female
4candidate receiving the highest number of votes of the party's
5female candidates for State central committeewoman, shall be
6declared elected State central committeeman and State central
7committeewoman from the district. At the general primary
8election held in 1986 and every 4 years thereafter, if all a
9party's candidates for State central committeemen or State
10central committeewomen from a congressional district are of the
11same sex, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes
12shall be declared elected a State central committeeman or State
13central committeewoman from the district, and, because of a
14failure to elect one male and one female to the committee, a
15vacancy shall be declared to exist in the office of the second
16member of the State central committee from the district. This
17vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the congressional
18committee of the political party, and the person appointed to
19fill the vacancy shall be a resident of the congressional
20district and of the sex opposite that of the committeeman or
21committeewoman elected at the general primary election. Each
22congressional committee shall make this appointment by voting
23on the basis set forth in paragraph (e) of this Section.
24    The Chairman of a State central committee composed as
25provided in this Alternative B must be selected from the
26committee's members.

 

 

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1    Except as provided for in Alternative A with respect to the
2selection of the Chairman of the State central committee, under
3both of the foregoing alternatives, the State central committee
4of each political party shall be composed of members elected or
5appointed from the several congressional districts of the
6State, and of no other person or persons whomsoever. The
7members of the State central committee shall, within 41 days
8after each quadrennial election of the full committee, meet in
9the city of Springfield and organize by electing a chairman,
10and may at such time elect such officers from among their own
11number (or otherwise), as they may deem necessary or expedient.
12The outgoing chairman of the State central committee of the
13party shall, 10 days before the meeting, notify each member of
14the State central committee elected at the primary of the time
15and place of such meeting. In the organization and proceedings
16of the State central committee, each State central committeeman
17and State central committeewoman shall have one vote for each
18ballot voted in his or her congressional district by the
19primary electors of his or her party at the primary election
20immediately preceding the meeting of the State central
21committee. Whenever a vacancy occurs in the State central
22committee of any political party, the vacancy shall be filled
23by appointment of the chairmen of the county central committees
24of the political party of the counties located within the
25congressional district in which the vacancy occurs and, if
26applicable, the ward and township committeemen of the political

 

 

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1party in counties of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants located
2within the congressional district. If the congressional
3district in which the vacancy occurs lies wholly within a
4county of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants, the ward and township
5committeemen of the political party in that congressional
6district shall vote to fill the vacancy. In voting to fill the
7vacancy, each chairman of a county central committee and each
8ward and township committeeman in counties of 2,000,000 or more
9inhabitants shall have one vote for each ballot voted in each
10precinct of the congressional district in which the vacancy
11exists of his or her county, township, or ward cast by the
12primary electors of his or her party at the primary election
13immediately preceding the meeting to fill the vacancy in the
14State central committee. The person appointed to fill the
15vacancy shall be a resident of the congressional district in
16which the vacancy occurs, shall be a qualified voter, and, in a
17committee composed as provided in Alternative B, shall be of
18the same sex as his or her predecessor. A political party may,
19by a majority vote of the delegates of any State convention of
20such party, determine to return to the election of State
21central committeeman and State central committeewoman by the
22vote of primary electors. Any action taken by a political party
23at a State convention in accordance with this Section shall be
24reported to the State Board of Elections by the chairman and
25secretary of such convention within 10 days after such action.
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1Act of the 97th General Assembly apply to State central
2committees elected at or after the 2014 general primary.
3
Ward, Township and Precinct Committeemen
4    (b) At the primary in 1972 and at the general primary
5election every 4 years thereafter, each primary elector in
6cities having a population of 200,000 or over may vote for one
7candidate of his party in his ward for ward committeeman. Each
8candidate for ward committeeman must be a resident of and in
9the ward where he seeks to be elected ward committeeman. The
10one having the highest number of votes shall be such ward
11committeeman of such party for such ward. At the primary
12election in 1970 and at the general primary election every 4
13years thereafter, each primary elector in counties containing a
14population of 2,000,000 or more, outside of cities containing a
15population of 200,000 or more, may vote for one candidate of
16his party for township committeeman. Each candidate for
17township committeeman must be a resident of and in the township
18or part of a township (which lies outside of a city having a
19population of 200,000 or more, in counties containing a
20population of 2,000,000 or more), and in which township or part
21of a township he seeks to be elected township committeeman. The
22one having the highest number of votes shall be such township
23committeeman of such party for such township or part of a
24township. At the primary in 1970 and at the general primary
25election every 2 years thereafter, each primary elector, except
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1for one candidate of his party in his precinct for precinct
2committeeman. Each candidate for precinct committeeman must be
3a bona fide resident of the precinct where he seeks to be
4elected precinct committeeman. The one having the highest
5number of votes shall be such precinct committeeman of such
6party for such precinct. The official returns of the primary
7shall show the name of the committeeman of each political
8party.
9    Terms of Committeemen. All precinct committeemen elected
10under the provisions of this Article shall continue as such
11committeemen until the date of the primary to be held in the
12second year after their election. Except as otherwise provided
13in this Section for certain State central committeemen who have
142 year terms, all State central committeemen, township
15committeemen and ward committeemen shall continue as such
16committeemen until the date of primary to be held in the fourth
17year after their election. However, a vacancy exists in the
18office of precinct committeeman when a precinct committeeman
19ceases to reside in the precinct in which he was elected and
20such precinct committeeman shall thereafter neither have nor
21exercise any rights, powers or duties as committeeman in that
22precinct, even if a successor has not been elected or
23appointed.
24    (c) The Multi-Township Central Committee shall consist of
25the precinct committeemen of such party, in the multi-township
26assessing district formed pursuant to Section 2-10 of the

 

 

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1Property Tax Code and shall be organized for the purposes set
2forth in Section 45-25 of the Township Code. In the
3organization and proceedings of the Multi-Township Central
4Committee each precinct committeeman shall have one vote for
5each ballot voted in his precinct by the primary electors of
6his party at the primary at which he was elected.
7
County Central Committee
8    (d) The county central committee of each political party in
9each county shall consist of the various township committeemen,
10precinct committeemen and ward committeemen, if any, of such
11party in the county. In the organization and proceedings of the
12county central committee, each precinct committeeman shall
13have one vote for each ballot voted in his precinct by the
14primary electors of his party at the primary at which he was
15elected; each township committeeman shall have one vote for
16each ballot voted in his township or part of a township as the
17case may be by the primary electors of his party at the primary
18election for the nomination of candidates for election to the
19General Assembly immediately preceding the meeting of the
20county central committee; and in the organization and
21proceedings of the county central committee, each ward
22committeeman shall have one vote for each ballot voted in his
23ward by the primary electors of his party at the primary
24election for the nomination of candidates for election to the
25General Assembly immediately preceding the meeting of the
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1
Cook County Board of Review Election District Committee
2    (d-1) Each board of review election district committee of
3each political party in Cook County shall consist of the
4various township committeemen and ward committeemen, if any, of
5that party in the portions of the county composing the board of
6review election district. In the organization and proceedings
7of each of the 3 election district committees, each township
8committeeman shall have one vote for each ballot voted in his
9or her township or part of a township, as the case may be, by
10the primary electors of his or her party at the primary
11election immediately preceding the meeting of the board of
12review election district committee; and in the organization and
13proceedings of each of the 3 election district committees, each
14ward committeeman shall have one vote for each ballot voted in
15his or her ward or part of that ward, as the case may be, by the
16primary electors of his or her party at the primary election
17immediately preceding the meeting of the board of review
18election district committee.
19
Congressional Committee
20    (e) The congressional committee of each party in each
21congressional district shall be composed of the chairmen of the
22county central committees of the counties composing the
23congressional district, except that in congressional districts
24wholly within the territorial limits of one county, the
25precinct committeemen, township committeemen and ward
26committeemen, if any, of the party representing the precincts

 

 

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1within the limits of the congressional district, shall compose
2the congressional committee. The A State central committeeman
3and committeewoman in each district shall be members a member
4and the co-chairpersons chairman or, when a district has 2
5State central committeemen, a co-chairman of the congressional
6committee, but shall not have the right to vote except in case
7of a tie.
8    In the organization and proceedings of congressional
9committees composed of precinct committeemen or township
10committeemen or ward committeemen, or any combination thereof,
11each precinct committeeman shall have one vote for each ballot
12voted in his precinct by the primary electors of his party at
13the primary at which he was elected, each township committeeman
14shall have one vote for each ballot voted in his township or
15part of a township as the case may be by the primary electors
16of his party at the primary election immediately preceding the
17meeting of the congressional committee, and each ward
18committeeman shall have one vote for each ballot voted in each
19precinct of his ward located in such congressional district by
20the primary electors of his party at the primary election
21immediately preceding the meeting of the congressional
22committee; and in the organization and proceedings of
23congressional committees composed of the chairmen of the county
24central committees of the counties within such district, each
25chairman of such county central committee shall have one vote
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1his party at the primary election immediately preceding the
2meeting of the congressional committee.
3
Judicial District Committee
4    (f) The judicial district committee of each political party
5in each judicial district shall be composed of the chairman of
6the county central committees of the counties composing the
7judicial district.
8    In the organization and proceedings of judicial district
9committees composed of the chairmen of the county central
10committees of the counties within such district, each chairman
11of such county central committee shall have one vote for each
12ballot voted in his county by the primary electors of his party
13at the primary election immediately preceding the meeting of
14the judicial district committee.
15
Circuit Court Committee
16    (g) The circuit court committee of each political party in
17each judicial circuit outside Cook County shall be composed of
18the chairmen of the county central committees of the counties
19composing the judicial circuit.
20    In the organization and proceedings of circuit court
21committees, each chairman of a county central committee shall
22have one vote for each ballot voted in his county by the
23primary electors of his party at the primary election
24immediately preceding the meeting of the circuit court
25committee.
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Judicial Subcircuit Committee

 

 

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1    (g-1) The judicial subcircuit committee of each political
2party in each judicial subcircuit in a judicial circuit divided
3into subcircuits shall be composed of (i) the ward and township
4committeemen of the townships and wards composing the judicial
5subcircuit in Cook County and (ii) the precinct committeemen of
6the precincts composing the judicial subcircuit in any county
7other than Cook County.
8    In the organization and proceedings of each judicial
9subcircuit committee, each township committeeman shall have
10one vote for each ballot voted in his township or part of a
11township, as the case may be, in the judicial subcircuit by the
12primary electors of his party at the primary election
13immediately preceding the meeting of the judicial subcircuit
14committee; each precinct committeeman shall have one vote for
15each ballot voted in his precinct or part of a precinct, as the
16case may be, in the judicial subcircuit by the primary electors
17of his party at the primary election immediately preceding the
18meeting of the judicial subcircuit committee; and each ward
19committeeman shall have one vote for each ballot voted in his
20ward or part of a ward, as the case may be, in the judicial
21subcircuit by the primary electors of his party at the primary
22election immediately preceding the meeting of the judicial
23subcircuit committee.
24
Municipal Central Committee
25    (h) The municipal central committee of each political party
26shall be composed of the precinct, township or ward

 

 

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1committeemen, as the case may be, of such party representing
2the precincts or wards, embraced in such city, incorporated
3town or village. The voting strength of each precinct, township
4or ward committeeman on the municipal central committee shall
5be the same as his voting strength on the county central
6committee.
7    For political parties, other than a statewide political
8party, established only within a municipality or township, the
9municipal or township managing committee shall be composed of
10the party officers of the local established party. The party
11officers of a local established party shall be as follows: the
12chairman and secretary of the caucus for those municipalities
13and townships authorized by statute to nominate candidates by
14caucus shall serve as party officers for the purpose of filling
15vacancies in nomination under Section 7-61; for municipalities
16and townships authorized by statute or ordinance to nominate
17candidates by petition and primary election, the party officers
18shall be the party's candidates who are nominated at the
19primary. If no party primary was held because of the provisions
20of Section 7-5, vacancies in nomination shall be filled by the
21party's remaining candidates who shall serve as the party's
22officers.
23
Powers
24    (i) Each committee and its officers shall have the powers
25usually exercised by such committees and by the officers
26thereof, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Article.

 

 

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1The several committees herein provided for shall not have power
2to delegate any of their powers, or functions to any other
3person, officer or committee, but this shall not be construed
4to prevent a committee from appointing from its own membership
5proper and necessary subcommittees.
6    (j) The State central committee of a political party which
7elects it members by Alternative B under paragraph (a) of this
8Section shall adopt a plan to give effect to the delegate
9selection rules of the national political party and file a copy
10of such plan with the State Board of Elections when approved by
11a national political party.
12    (k) For the purpose of the designation of a proxy by a
13Congressional Committee to vote in place of an absent State
14central committeeman or committeewoman at meetings of the State
15central committee of a political party which elects its members
16by Alternative B under paragraph (a) of this Section, the proxy
17shall be appointed by the vote of the ward and township
18committeemen, if any, of the wards and townships which lie
19entirely or partially within the Congressional District from
20which the absent State central committeeman or committeewoman
21was elected and the vote of the chairmen of the county central
22committees of those counties which lie entirely or partially
23within that Congressional District and in which there are no
24ward or township committeemen. When voting for such proxy the
25county chairman, ward committeeman or township committeeman,
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1his county, ward or township, or portion thereof within the
2Congressional District, by the primary electors of his party at
3the primary at which he was elected. However, the absent State
4central committeeman or committeewoman may designate a proxy
5when permitted by the rules of a political party which elects
6its members by Alternative B under paragraph (a) of this
7Section.
8    Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, a person is
9ineligible to hold the position of committeeperson in any
10committee established pursuant to this Section if he or she is
11statutorily ineligible to vote in a general election because of
12conviction of a felony. When a committeeperson is convicted of
13a felony, the position occupied by that committeeperson shall
14automatically become vacant.
15(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05; 95-6, eff. 6-20-07; 95-699,
16eff. 11-9-07.)
 
17    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
18becoming law.