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UPDATE X2: IL GOP At-Large Delegate Committee Blocks Conservatives




PEORIA – While the IL GOP Platform Committee was in heated discussion over the party's posted positions on social issues, in another room at the Peoria Civics Center, IL GOP Committee members picked through a list of 100 Republicans that applied to represent the state at the Republican National Convention in June.

The committee, led by one-time IL GOP Chairman and Capitol lobbyist Jack Dorgan, manuevered an unexpected nomination process that favored the first nominated with the help of other leadership – including the new Cook County GOP Chairman Sean Morrison. (See photo above) 

Over 100 persons applied to be considered for at-large delegates, and the committee privately discussed eliminating 67 applicants before the meeting started. Pleased that they were able to whittle the list down to 33, Chairman Dorgan then called for nominations.

The first be nominated was Stephanie Holderfield, who won 50 percent plus of the committee's votes. Then committee member Jay Reyes nominated 10 candidates, leaving few open slots for the 12-person at large delegate slate. Those observing considered it unfair for the nominations to be voted upon in that manner – and now there's an effort to take the slate to the delegates Saturday. 

The winning delegates the committee chose to recommend for the 2016 at-large delegate slate include:

  • Judy Diekelman (2nd CD)
  • Jack Dorgan (5th CD)
  • Aaron Del Mar (6th CD)
  • Marc Levine (9th CD)
  • Todd Ricketts (9th CD)
  • Reeve Waud (10th CD)
  • Roger C. Claar (11th CD)
  • Fred Floreth (13th CD)
  • John Anthony (14th CD)
  • Stephanie Holderfield (15th CD)
  • John Cabello (16th CD)
  • Sandra Yeh (18th CD)

John Anthony and John Cabello are state representatives (with generally conservative voting records), Todd Ricketts and Reeve Waud are IL GOP big donors, Judy Diekelman, Jack Dorgan, Aaron Del Mar, Marc Levine and Roger Claar have been or are township committeemen and and a few are state central committeemen. 

Of the many that applied, few conservative Republicans made the final list of twelve that the committee is recommending to state convention delegates on Saturday.

But conservatives are not sitting still on this, one Republican told IR. There's an effort to petition committee members and delegation heads to take the slate recommendations to the delegates for a vote. 


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  1. When Illinois GOP insiders fight over who gets what party position the image of bald men fighting over a comb comes quickly to mind. They don’t really know why they want to control the party. They only know that they want to control it.

  2. I attended most of the 2012 Illinois Republican Convention. Jack Dorgan, the member of the State Central Committee, from the 9th District (at that time), read a list of people who were approved (by a committee) for at-large delegates and alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention. The list included many moderates, including ex-Gov. Thompson, ex-Gov. Edgar, then-Comptroller Topinka, Sen. Radogno, then-Rep. Cross, Rep. Durkin, and Ron Gidwitz. Someone made a motion that all nominees, on the list, be approved. Someone seconded the motion. Dorgan said, “All in favor,” and some people said, “Aye.” He said, “All opposed,” and a lot of people yelled, “Nay.” I think that about twice as many people said, “Nay” as “Aye,” but Dorgan said, “Motion passes.” About 20 people, including me, yelled, “Count the votes” and “Vote in writing,” but Dorgan ignored us. He sat down, and Chairman Brady walked to the podium and said that he didn’t need to count any votes.
    I hope that, tomorrow, if conservatives know that few conservatives are on that list, those conservatives will yell that they disapprove until the list is changed and includes mostly conservatives.

  3. Not a chance in Hades the very liberal/progressive Illinois GOP leadership allows the bastardization of process they just ramrodded down the throats of Illinois voters to be undone.
    The description you provided of 2012 sounds EXACTLY like the recent Nevada Dem convention.

  4. Jessica, who are all of the party leaders who should be removed?
    Anon, Aaron Del Mar wasn’t a Kasich delegate. He was a Kasich delegate candidate. He didn’t become a Kasich delegate. If he won that race, he wouldn’t have applied to be an at-large delegate.