RULES OF THE DEMOCRATIC
STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
MEMBERSHIP AND OPEN PARTICIPATION
1. MEMBERSHIP OF DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF ILLINOIS
Any person qualified to vote in the next Democratic Primary and who supports the purposes of the Democratic Party of Illinois may participate fully in any party meetings and be elected to any party office, except where specifically provided to the contrary by the laws of the State of Illinois, or by these Rules.
2. OPEN PARTICIPATION IN DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF ILLINOIS
- All public meetings at all levels of the Democratic Party of Illinois are open to all members of the Democratic Party of Illinois regardless of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, economic status or philosophical persuasion.
(b) No test or membership in, nor any oaths of loyalty to, the Democratic Party of Illinois shall be required or used that have the effect of requiring prospective or current members of the Democratic Party to acquiesce in, condone or support discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, or economic status.
(c) The time and place for all meetings of the Democratic Party of Illinois shall be publicized fully and in such a 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. A minimum of ten days notice shall be given for all such meetings, except in those instances where the Chairman shall certify that an emergency exists. Each such notice shall include, wherever possible, a statement of the business to be transacted at such meeting.
(d) The Democratic Party of Illinois supports the broadest possible voter registration without discrimination on grounds of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, or economic status.
(e) The Democratic Party of Illinois shall 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 shall be done in such fashion that all prospective and current members of the Democratic Party of Illinois 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.
(f) The Democratic Party of Illinois shall 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 officers and representatives of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Such publication shall be done in a timely fashion so that all prospective candidates or applicants for any elected or appointed position within the Democratic Party of Illinois will have full and adequate opportunity to compete for office.
DEMOCRATIC STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
3. DEMOCRATIC STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
(a) A Democratic State Central Committee of Illinois is created hereby and pursuant to the laws of the State of Illinois. The Democratic State Central Committee of Illinois (the "Central Committee") is an agency of the Democratic Party with authority to take all appropriate action to promote the principles and programs of the Democratic Party.
(b) The principal duties and powers of the Central Committee include the following:
- To maintain state headquarters of the Democratic Party in Springfield, Illinois;
- To conduct the state campaign for the election of the presidential and vice‑ presidential nominees of the National Convention;
- To promote, and aid and assist in, the election of all candidates for public office on the ticket of the Democratic Party in all general elections in the State;
- To promote, encourage and sponsor: Party organization at every level; an adequate system of political research, preparation, distribution and communication of Party information in and through all available media; development and maintenance of proper public relations for the Party; cooperation and co‑ordination among all Party Committees, organizations, groups, public officials and members; enlistment and assignment of Party members as speakers for Party, non‑partisan and other meetings or programs; the performance and the discharge and fulfillment by the Party of its platform pledges and other commitments publicly made;
- To devise and execute ways and means of financing all activities and to cooperate and work with other segments of Party organization at national and local levels in the development of an integrated and coordinated finance plan for the Party;
- To plan, arrange, manage and conduct the State Convention, including, but not limited to, the following:
1. Fixing the time and site thereof,
2. All physical arrangements;
- Ensure proper credentialing of all duly appointed delegates;
- Arrangements for seating delegates, alternates, press, radio, television representatives and visitors;
- To adopt such resolutions and memorials as required to implement the platform of the State convention;
- To establish, maintain and sponsor such committees, groups, staffs or councils for the formulation of Party policy, as the Central Committee may consider wise and beneficial to the Party;
- To inaugurate, maintain and operate an organized plan of improvement of the Democratic Party; and
- To do any and all other things reasonably incidental to the performance and exercise of the duties imposed and powers conferred by State law or by the State Convention and in promoting the principles and programs of the Democratic Party.
CENTRAL COMMITTEE ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE
The Central Committee shall be composed as provided by law; with vacancies to be filled as provided by law and in accordance with the procedure set forth below;
(a) A vacancy occurs when a State Central Committeeman or Committeewoman dies or submits his or her written resignation to the Chairman, or upon any other disqualification provided by law.
(b) Within thirty (30) days of the death of a State Central Committeeman or Committeewoman or the Chairman's receipt of a letter of resignation of a State Central Committeeman or Committeewoman, the remaining State Central Committeeman or Committeewoman, as the case may be, from the Congressional District where the vacancy occurs is responsible for scheduling and giving at least five (5) days written notice to the Congressional Committee that a meeting is to be held to nominate and elect a new State Central Committeeman or Committeewoman. The meeting must be held no later than sixty (60) days after the death or resignation creating the vacancy;
(c) In the event that the remaining State Central Committeeman or Committeewoman fails to schedule and give notice of a meeting to fill the vacancy within the time provided in paragraph (b) above, then such meeting may be scheduled and called by the Chairman with five (5) days notice to the Congressional Committee upon the collection of signatures of Congressional Committee members representing at least twenty‑five percent (25%) of the Congressional District's total weighted vote;
(d) The necessary quorum for holding a meeting to nominate and elect a new State Central Committeman or Committeewoman shall be twenty‑five percent (25%) of the Congressional District's total weighted vote;
(e) For purposes of voting to fill a vacancy, Congressional Committee members shall vote a weighted vote as provided by law;
(f) A majority of the total weighted vote cast at the meeting is necessary to elect a new State Central Committeeman or Committeewoman.
(a) The Officers of the Central Committee shall be a Chairman, a Vice‑Chair, and a Secretary, all of whom shall be members of the Central Committee and designated by the Chairman. The Chairman shall also appoint a Treasurer of the Central Committee. The person designated Treasurer may also hold the office of Secretary. In such case, the officer so designated shall be the "Secretary‑Treasurer."
(b) The Chairman shall fill any vacancies which may occur in any office created by subsection (a) of paragraph 5. In the case of a vacancy in the office of Chairman, the Vice‑Chair shall succeed to the office of Chairman until the Committee elects a successor to complete the term.
6. DUTIES OF THE CHAIRMAN
The Chairman is chief executive officer of the Central Committee and has full authority to exercise the executive powers of the Central Committee. The Chairman may appoint and dismiss any and all personnel or staff of the Central Committee. The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Central Committee and decide all points of order at such meetings. The Chairman shall serve ex‑officio on all committees of the Central Committee with the right to vote. The Chairman shall report from time to time, but not less often than annually, on the various programs and activities of the Central Committee.
7. DUTIES OF THE VICE‑CHAIR
The Vice‑Chair shall be ex‑officio members of all committees with the right to vote, and shall have such additional powers as may be assigned by the Chairman. The Vice‑Chair shall exercise the powers of the Chairman in the Chairman's absence at any properly convened meeting of the Central Committee.
8. DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY
The Secretary shall be an ex‑officio member of all committees with the right to vote, and shall have such additional powers as may be assigned by the Chairman. The Secretary shall keep minutes of meetings of the Central Committee and promptly distribute the minutes of Committee members, conduct roll call votes at Central Committee meetings, and generally perform the duties and responsibilities of the Secretary.
9. DUTIES OF THE TREASURER
The Treasurer shall safely keep all funds of the Central Committee and shall keep a detailed account of all contributions, other receipts and disbursements. The Treasurer shall also be responsible for the preparation and filing of all campaign disclosure reports required by State and Federal Law. The Treasurer shall also have such additional powers as may be assigned by the Chairman.
10. STANDING COMMITTEES
(a) The Chairman shall have the authority to establish standing committees of the Central Committee. The Chairman may establish a committee by filing a written notice with the Secretary. A copy of any such notice shall be forwarded to each member of the Central Committee. In establishing committees, the Chairman shall determine the number of appointments for each committee.
(b) The chairs of the committees of the Central Committee and the membership of such committees shall be members of the Central Committee appointed by the State Chairman.
11. COMMITTEE REPLACEMENTS
A committee member may be temporarily replaced on a committee if he or she is absent due to illness or if the member is otherwise unavailable. The State Chairman shall appoint all temporary replacements.
12. COMMITTEE VOTING
In all proceedings of committees of the Central Committee, each committee member shall be entitled to one vote.
13. FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS
The Central Committee shall meet at least once each calendar year.
14. CALL OF MEETINGS ‑ NOTICE
Meetings of the Central Committee shall be called by the Chairman. The Chairman shall give at least 10 days notice to each member of the Central Committee of its next meeting, including an agenda of matters to be considered. However, shorter notice may be given by the Chairman where he certifies that an emergency exists. Public notice of all meetings shall also be given. The public may attend all meetings.
15. SPECIAL MEETINGS
A special meeting of the Central Committee may be called by the Chairman, or by at least 25% of the membership, by giving at least 5 days written notice to the entire membership designating the time and place at which the special meeting will be held and an agenda of matters to be considered.
16. ROSTER OF MEMBERS
The Chairman shall maintain a current roster of the membership of the Central Committee indicating their addresses. Copies of the roster shall be made available to the members of Central Committee upon request.
(a) Proxy voting at Central Committee meetings shall be allowed as provided in this subparagraph on the following questions: 1) the election of officers of the Central Committee; 2) endorsement of Democratic candidates for statewide office, 3) filling a vacancy in nomination in any Statewide office, and 4) the selection of delegates and alternate delegates to the Democratic National Convention. When any of the foregoing matters will be considered at a meeting of the Central Committee proxy voting shall be permitted only if a member of the Central Committee is ill or if the illness or death of a family member of the member of the Central Committee precludes the member from personally attending the Central Committee meeting. In such event, a person appointed by the appropriate congressional committee may serve as a proxy for the absent member and shall have the right to cast the weighted vote of the absent member on all matters, including the determination of a quorum. The appointment of a proxy under this subparagraph shall be in writing signed by the members of the appropriate congressional committee whose combined weighted vote comprises a majority of the total Democratic weighted vote for the congressional district, as provided by law.
(b) If none of the matters set forth in subparagraph (a) of this Rule will be considered at a meeting of the Central Committee, a member of the Central Committee unable to attend the meeting for any reason may be represented by a proxy who shall have the right to cast the weighted vote of the absent member on all matters, including the determination of a quorum. Appointment of a proxy by an absent member pursuant to this subparagraph (b) shall be in writing signed by the absent member. Another member of the Central Committee may be appointed as a proxy for an absent member under this subparagraph (b).
(c) Documents evidencing the appointment of a proxy under subparagraphs (a) or (b) shall be filed with the Secretary before proxy voting may be exercised. Such documents may be examined by any member upon request. Proxy documents may be transmitted by facsimile.
A quorum shall be required for any action by the Central Committee. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the Members determined by weighted vote. Proxies shall be counted in the determination of a quorum as provided in subparagraph (a) and (b) of Rule 17.
At meetings of the Central Committee, each member shall cast a weighted number of votes as provided by law. Except as otherwise provided in State law or these Rules, all questions shall be determined by a majority of all weighted votes cast on the question. Votes on all matters shall be by open roll call if any member so requests.
20. ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER
Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall govern in all proceedings of the Central Committee to the extent applicable and where not otherwise inconsistent with these Rules.
21. STATE LAW CONTROLS
If in any instance there is a conflict between these Rules and State law, State law shall control.
22. ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT
The Chairman shall obtain an annual audit of the funds of the Central Committee by a Certified Public Accountant and make available a full financial statement including income and expenditures to the members of the Central Committee.
23. TREASURER REPORTS
The Treasurer shall report semi‑annually to the Chairman on the financial condition of the Central Committee, including statements on income and expenditures, debts and obligations.
24. BANK ACCOUNTS
All checks drawn upon the accounts of the Central Committee shall bear the signature of one or both of the following officers: Chair, or his designee, or Treasurer.
ENDORSEMENT OF STATEWIDE CANDIDATES
25. PUBLIC HEARINGS
The Central Committee shall hold public hearings (at least one in Cook County and one outside Cook County) at which persons who wish the endorsement of the Committee for nomination to statewide office may present themselves to the Committee.
26. PRESENTATIONS BY CANDIDATES
The order for the hearings shall be persons seeking endorsement for offices of. a) United States Senator, b) Governor, c) Lieutenant Governor, d) Attorney General, e) Secretary of State, f) Comptroller and g) Treasurer. Within each category, the Chairman shall call the order of appearance. If a person appears after the appropriate order has been called, the Chairman may change the order. Any person who wishes endorsement for Senator or Governor may speak for as long as ten minutes. Any person who wishes endorsement for any other office may speak for as long as five minutes. Any member of the Committee may question the person seeking endorsement, if appropriate.
27. ENDORSEMENT MEETING
After the final hearing, the Committee may meet promptly in public to make its endorsement of one person for each statewide office. Any member of the Committee may nominate a person for endorsement. No second is necessary. The Committee shall consider its endorsements in this order: a) United States Senator, b) Governor, c) Lieutenant Governor, d) Attorney General, e) Secretary of State, f) Comptroller and g) Treasurer. Each member of the Committee shall cast the appropriate weighted vote for endorsement. A person is endorsed if the person receives sixty percent (60%) of the total weighted votes on the question.
28. CALL FOR CONVENTION
The Chairman shall issue a call for the Democratic State Convention as provided by law. The Democratic State Convention shall be held as required by law, provided that the Chairman may convene the convention in perfunctory session and recess the convention until the call of the chair.
29. DELEGATE SELECTION
(a) Delegates to the Democratic State Convention from counties other than Cook shall be selected by the various county chairmen as provided by law. In Cook County, the various ward and township committeemen shall select delegates to the Democratic State Convention in the manner provided by law. Each county shall be entitled to the number of delegates to the Democratic State Convention as provided by law. The Secretary shall determine the number of delegates each county is entitled to, assemble a list of the names of the delegates to the State Convention, by county, and in the case of Cook County, by ward and township, and transmit this list to the Chairman no later than 3 weeks prior to the date of the convention. All duly appointed delegates shall be issued credentials prior to the convening of the State Convention.
(b) Alternate delegates may be appointed to replace delegates unable to attend the State Convention. An alternate delegate shall be issued credentials upon a certificate signed by the appropriate appointing authority which states: (1) the name of the delegate being replaced; and (2) the name, address, telephone number, county, ward, township, and congressional district of the alternate delegate.
30. DEMOCRATIC PARTY PLATFORM
(a) If the Democratic State Convention adopts a party platform, it shall do so as provided in these Rules.
(b) As soon as practicable, the Central Committee may hold public hearings throughout the State to solicit the views of Democratic public officials, candidates and other members of the Democratic Party. Public notice of such hearings shall be given. After such hearings, the Central Committee may draft a Democratic Party Platform for consideration at the Democratic State Convention. The Secretary shall cause a copy of the platform, if any, to be mailed to each delegate to the State Convention at least two weeks prior to the date of the convention.
(c) The delegates of the State Convention shall consider the adoption of a Democratic Party Platform submitted pursuant to subparagraph (b) of this Rule. Amendments to the proposed Democratic Party Platform submitted pursuant to subparagraph (b) of this Rule must be in writing and filed with the Chairman at least 7 days prior to the date of the convention. The Democratic Party Platform submitted to the State Convention by the Central Committee may be amended only upon the affirmative vote of 2/3 of the total number of delegates eligible to participate at the State Convention. However, an amendment to the proposed platform offered by the Central Committee may be filed with the Chairman at any time prior to the convening of the convention and such amendment may be adopted upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the total number of delegates eligible to participate at the State Convention. The Chairman shall provide each delegate with a copy of each proposed amendment at the State Convention.
(d) A Democratic Party Platform shall be adopted by the State Convention upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the total number of delegates eligible to participate at the State Convention.
(e) If the Democratic State Convention adopts a Platform as provided in this Rule 30, the Democratic State Central Committee shall not produce, publish or distribute any material, whether written, oral or visual, advocating a position or viewpoint contrary to those set forth in the party platform. This prohibition will remain in effect for the entire time that the party platform is in effect.
31. VOTING AT THE STATE CONVENTION
(a) On any question to be voted upon at the State Convention, the Chairman shall recognize each county chairman or ward or township committeemen or their designee who shall announce: a) the number of such delegates voting in favor of the question before the convention; and b) the number of such delegates voting against the question before the convention. The Secretary shall tabulate the votes cast on the question and the Chairman shall announce the result of the vote.
(b) With leave of the convention, any question may be voted upon by voice vote.
SUSPENSION OR AMENDMENT OF RULES
32. SUSPENSION OF RULES
No rule may be suspended except upon the affirmative vote of two‑thirds (2/3) of the Central Committee's total weighted votes.
33. AMENDMENT OF RULES
No rule may be amended unless (a) it receives the affirmative votes of 2/3 of the Central Committee's total weighted votes on the question; or (b) each member has received a copy of the proposed amendment at least (30) days prior to the vote thereon, and the question receives the affirmative votes of the majority of the Central Committee's total weighted vote.
Effective April, 2002