March News from the Illinois Green Party

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The following was posted on the Green Party’s website on February 27th, 2016:

The Illinois Green Party will hold its state convention/membership meeting in Chicago on Saturday, March 5, at Conference Chicago/University Center, 525 South State Street, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. See the details here. The convention will include party business, like electing our officers and delegates to the national Green Party, selecting candidates for Senate and Comptroller, and planning the upcoming petitioning campaign. Attendees will also hear from Green Party candidates, as well as speakers on social justice and ecological wisdom issues. The meeting will be followed by a fundraising dinner at the same venue. Join us to help bring Green Party values to the political system, to network with fellow Greens, and to have some fun.

Come Hear Presidential Candidate Jill Stein at Our 2016 State Convention Dinner!

Following what is certain to be an exciting meeting day, we really would like to see you at our membership dinner. And if you’ll be attending the dinner – then we really, really need for you to tell us in advance, so that we can give the caterers an accurate meal count.

After a busy day of work, we’ll set aside some time to network and relax. Between 5 and 6:30, join us at Buddy Guy’s Legends (located nearby at 700 South Wabash) for a pre-dinner social hour. (Cash bar.)

At 6:30, return to University Center for fun and fellowship at our membership fundraising dinner, including a keynote address by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, the winner of our presidential preference primary!

Former Green Party candidate for Governor Rich Whitney will be on hand as MC and the evening will include our first ever Houghton/Hughes Award, to honor a local activist for advancing Green values. To help raise funds for campaign 2016, we will also be having a silent auction, so please consider bringing along an item of value to donate.

For dinner, it will be a vegetarian and vegan-friendly “Taste of the Mediterranean” buffet.

Cost: $40 per person ($20 low income), payable during meeting hours (between 9 and 5) or at the door if you RSVP. Cash or check, please — no credit or debit cards.

Here’s the menu:

Grilled lemon-oregano chicken
Lemon penne pasta & vegetables (vegan)
Greek salad with lemon dill vinaigrette (vegan – feta on side)
Bruschetta with basil and tomato (vegan)
Yellow gazpacho (vegan)
Pita triangles (vegan)
House-made baklava
Please email your dinner reservation (right now, if you’d be so kind) to Scott Summers, at. Thanks.

It’s certain to be a wonderful day – and a rousing evening. We hope to see you there!

Meet Up With Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein in Springfield, Champaign-Urbana and /or Chicago This Week!

Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein, the Green Party’s 2012 Presidential Candidate and winner of this year’s ILGP Presidential Preference Voting with 87% of the vote, will be appearing at several events around Illinois leading up to the state convention in Chicago.

Wednesday, March 2, Champaign-Urbana

Dr. Stein will be appearing on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana beginning at 8 pm.

Thursday, March 3, Springfield

Dr. Stein will be presenting at the University of Illinois at Springfield, for the ECCE Speaker Series, on the subject of Working For Our Political Environment & Personal Health.

After her presentation, Dr. Stein will be attending a meet-and-greet in Springfield.

Friday, March 4, Chicago

Dr. Stein will attend a meet-and-greet in the party room at The Rail, 4709 N. Damen Avenue in Chicago, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, March 5, Chicago

Dr. Stein caps her whirlwind tour of Illinois at the ILGP’s convention, speaking on the Candidates’ panel during the afternoon and also as the keynote speaker at the ILGP’s fundraising dinner following the state convention, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Illinois Primary, March 15th: Please pick up a Green Party ballot in the 5th and 12th Congressional Districts!

Greens who presently reside in the 5th Congressional District (in Cook and DuPage counties, currently represented by Mike Quigley) or the 12th Congressional District (St. Clair, Jackson, Williamson, Jefferson and several other counties in Southern Illinois, currently represented by Mike Bost) are urged to pick up a Green Party ballot in the primary election on March 15th. Both are contested primaries, and you can help determine who our candidate shall be.

In the 5th Congressional District, the choice is between Warren “Grizz” Grimsley and Rob Sherman. Both are members of the Illinois Green Party.

In the 12th Congressional District, the choice is between our 2014 candidate Paula Bradshaw and newcomer Sadona Folkner. Paula initially filed as a “placeholder” candidate while local party chapters were scouting and speaking to other possible candidates. Sadona, not realizing that this plan had been adopted, also filed in order to maintain the ballot line. Since then, Paula has decided to run again, and Sadona recently notified local party chapters that she will no longer seek the party’s nomination. Paula’s website is in the process of being refurbished, but her Facebook page ishere.

We recognize that, with so much media attention being focused on the presidential contest of the two corporate parties, there is much pressure on, and temptation of, voters to vote in the Democratic or Republican presidential primary. However, in the 5th and 12th Congressional District, it is important for the Green Party to put our best feet forward. Please vote Green in the primary in these two districts!

We also take this opportunity to remind you that if you are thinking about running as a Green, for any office, anywhere in Illinois, in 2016, you must not cast a Democratic or Republican primary ballot, as this will disqualify you as a candidate. You should also let us know about it pretty soon!

Interested in running for office in 2016? Time is running out to decide!

If you have been thinking about running as a Green for county office or the Illinois General Assembly, time is running out to make your decision! Except in the 5th and 12th Congressional District races and the Chicago-area Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, we have to petition to get on the ballot. The petitioning period runs from March 29, 2016 through the filing deadline of June 27, 2016. The Illinois Green Party can help you, but you need to let us know of your plans! You should be discussing your plans with your local Green Party chapter or the ILGP Executive Committee right away. Interested persons who are not sure of who to contact should contact ILGP Secretary Rita Maniotis, at .

For more information on the offices up for election in 2016 and other details about filing and petitioning requirements, consult the 2016 candidates’ guide, here.
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