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— Democratic Party

Delegates Appear on the Ballot

Democratic primary voters vote not only for their presidential preference, but also for delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
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About this office

The president oversees the federal executive branch, approves new laws, submits a budget each year to Congress, leads U.S. foreign policy, and is the commander in chief of the armed forces.

Delegates Appear on the Ballot

Democratic primary voters vote not only for their presidential preference, but also for delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

Delegates do not appear on Voter’s Edge, but they will appear on the Democratic primary ballot. Delegates state on the ballot which candidate they support, but they are not bound to that candidate. Instead, they are awarded to candidates proportionally based on the results of the presidential preference vote; presidential candidates must earn at least 15% of the preference vote to be awarded any delegates. Voters elect 102 of Illinois's 181 Democratic delegates.

The remainder of Illinois's Democratic delegates are apportioned as follows: 20 are pledged party leaders and elected officials selected by the state delegation, 34 are pledged at-large delegates (as well as 13 at-large alternates) also selected by the state delegation, and 25 are unpledged party leaders and elected officials.

Candidates Who Have Suspended Their Campaigns

The following candidates have suspended their campaigns and do not appear on Voter's Edge, but will still be on the Illinois Democratic primary ballot:

Martin J. O'Malley

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Bernie Sanders

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Willie L. Wilson

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Larry (Lawrence) Cohen

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Experience

Experience

Profession:Elected Official
Senator, U.S. Senate — Elected position (2007–current)
Member, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (1991–2007)
Mayor, City of Burlington — Elected position (1981–1989)
Director, American People's Historical Society (1979–1981)
Carpenter / documentary filmmaker / researcher, Self-employed (1964–1971)

Education

University of Chicago B.A., political science (1964)

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $233,320,630

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of United States Department of Defense
$427,031
2
Employees of Google
$406,109
3
Employees of Microsoft
$183,511
4
Employees of Kaiser Permanente
$181,410
5
Employees of Apple
$153,398

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By State:

California 22.11%
New York 9.07%
Washington 6.15%
Massachusetts 5.17%
Other 57.50%
22.11%9.07%57.50%

By Size:

Large contributions (42.28%)
Small contributions (57.72%)
42.28%57.72%

By Type:

From organizations (0.08%)
From individuals (99.92%)
99.92%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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Democratic
Businessperson
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Experience

Profession:Businessperson
Founder, Willie Wilson Productions (1987–current)
Founder, Chairman, CEO, Omar Medical Supplies (1997–current)
Founder, Chairman, CEO, Gemini Electronics (1997–2003)

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $1,090,490

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Willie Wilson
$1,055,100
2
Employees of McDonald's
$3,700
3
Employees of Omar Medical Supplies
$2,988
4
Employees of Holy Temple Cathedral
$2,075
5
Employees of Greater Tebernacle Mb Church
$1,350

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By State:

Illinois 99.67%
Indiana 0.11%
Texas 0.09%
Wisconsin 0.09%
Other 0.04%
99.67%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.39%)
Small contributions (0.61%)
99.39%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
Democratic
Attorney & Government Official
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Experience

Profession:Attorney & Government Official
Secretary of State, United States of America — Appointed position (2009–2013)
Senator, U.S. Senate — Elected position (2001–2009)
Attorney, Rose Law Firm (1977–1992)
Lecturer, University of Arkansas School of Law (1979–1980)
Assistant professor and director of legal aid clinic, University of Arkansas School of Law (1974–1977)
Impeachment Inquiry Staff, U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee (1974–1974)
Staffer, Children's Defense Fund (1973–1974)

Education

Yale Law School J.D. (1973)
Wellesley College B.A., political science (1969)

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $569,688,246

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Google
$1,499,373
2
Employees of United States Department of Defense
$890,009
3
Employees of U.S. Government
$845,880
4
Employees of Harvard University
$780,161
5
Employees of Microsoft
$758,396

More information about contributions

By State:

California 21.44%
New York 15.19%
Texas 5.13%
Florida 4.96%
Other 53.28%
21.44%15.19%53.28%

By Size:

Large contributions (81.47%)
Small contributions (18.53%)
81.47%18.53%

By Type:

From organizations (0.53%)
From individuals (99.47%)
99.47%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Candidate Contact Info

Email press@hillaryclinton.com
Democratic
Businessperson
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Experience

Profession:Businessperson

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $8,075,960

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of Roque De La Fuente
$8,058,838
2
Employees of National Enterprises Inc
$2,700
3
Employees of Volkswagon of Oakland
$2,000
4
Employees of Suncoast Financial
$1,000
5
Employees of Rising Beyond, Inc.
$450

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By State:

California 99.97%
Florida 0.01%
Illinois 0.01%
Pennsylvania 0.01%
Other 0.00%
99.97%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.95%)
Small contributions (0.05%)
99.95%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Candidate Contact Info

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