Illinois’ Presidential Delegate Rules & Media Accommodations at the Republican National Convention

Illinois’ Delegate Selection Rules

Background: The Illinois Republican Presidential Primary Election is Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Under rules adopted at the 2012 Republican National Convention, and further subsequently amended by the Republican National Committee, Illinois will send 69 Delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, from July 18 – 21, 2016.

Illinois is not a “winner take all” Presidential primary state. Illinois is a hybrid state including both “winner take all” at-large delegates and Congressional District delegates elected directly by voters on the presidential primary ballot.

Delegate Selection Breakdown:

  • 69 Total Delegates
    • RNC Members from Illinois: 3 Delegates
      • 3 Delegates for RNC Members from Illinois – State Chairman, Republican, National Committeeman, Republican National Committeewoman
      • RNC Members from Illinois are bound to the winner of the statewide presidential preference vote
    • At-Large Delegates: 12 Delegates – Winner Take All
      • 12 At-large Delegates are chosen at the Illinois Republican State Convention
      • At-large Delegates are bound to the winner of the statewide presidential preference vote at the Republican General Primary Election on March 15, 2016
    • Congressional District Delegates: 54 Delegates – Directly Elected
      • 54 Delegates are chosen directly by voters at the Republican General Primary Election on March 15, 2016, by Congressional District
      • 3 Delegates are elected directly from each of Illinois’ 18 Congressional Districts (totaling 54 Delegates by Congressional District)

Presidential Primary Voters in Illinois Vote Twice: Republican Primary voters in Illinois will vote twice for President in the Republican General Primary Election on March 15, 2016.

  • Voters can vote in the presidential preference vote (i.e. the statewide “beauty contest”), the winner of which will receive all 12 At-Large Delegates and the votes of the 3 RNC Members from Illinois.
  • Voters will also vote directly for up to 3 Congressional District Delegates. Each
    Congressional District Delegate will have the name of their preferred
    presidential candidate next to their name on the ballot, or the Congressional District Delegate may be “uncommitted” on the ballot. Each Congressional District Delegate is bound to vote for the presidential candidate that he or she filed a “statement of preference” to support with the Illinois State Board of Elections, unless released by their preferred presidential candidate prior to voting (i.e. their preferred presidential candidate is not in the race at the convention).

More Information: For more information about Illinois’ Delegate Selection Rules, go to the following link:

Media Accommodations & Transportation at RNC

The Illinois Republican Party will have a delegation at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 18 – 21, 2016.  Members of the media from Illinois have the opportunity to stay at the Illinois Delegation hotel and purchase an Illinois service pass, which includes transportation and access to Illinois Delegation activities and events. While we do not have details of the exact location of the hotel or activities, we anticipate limited space. Please contact Barret Kedzior at by March 11, 2016, if you are interested in staying at the Illinois Delegation hotel or participating in the activities and events.

Members of the media can also obtain accommodations directly from the RNC Committee on Arrangements, but those accommodations will not be with the Illinois Delegation. The deadline to request media housing through the Committee on Arrangements is March 1, 2016. For those accommodations, go to the following link:

For general media inquiries related to the Republican National Convention, please contact the GOP Convention directly at The deadline for applying for credentials to the Republican National Convention is April 1, 2016.  

For general information about press opportunities at the Republican National Convention, go to the following link: