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Alternative parties criticize Illinois ballot access disparities


Green Party Watch, April 4th, 2016:

Central Illinois WJBC Radio 1230 reports on its website that alternative parties in Illinois “are pointing out the large disparities” in ballot access between them and the Democrats and Republicans. A Libertarian candidate for state comptroller said she “has to get at least five times more signatures than her Republican and Democrat opponents, which is 25,000 signatures — a big undertaking.”

Rich Whitney, two-time Green Party candidate for governor, “said the process for new parties is like the Greek myth of Sisyphus. ‘It’s like rolling that boulder up the hill and then it rolls back down over you and you have to start over again,’ Whitney said.” He said the state’s “system is extremely unfair for parties other than Democrats and the GOP.”

Mark Wachtler: Greens and Libertarians choose Statewide Candidates

Mark Wachtler published the following article at the Illinois Herald:

March 17, 2016. Springfield, IL (ONN) While Illinois Republicans and Democrats were voting for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the state’s opposition political parties were busy themselves. Both the Illinois Green Party and the Illinois Libertarian Party held state conventions to choose their own challengers to the two establishment parties this November. Showing how popular the Greens and Libertarians are becoming in Illinois, both had contested races and each had a surprise victor.

Jill Stein won the Illinois Green Party Primary for the 2016 Presidential nomination.

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Sherman, Bradshaw win contested Illinois Green U.S. House primaries


Green Party Watch: Results are in from the two contested Green Party U.S. House primaries in Illinois Tuesday. Continue reading

Gp.org: March News from the Illinois Green Party

Illinois Green Party banner

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.
Illinois Green Party




Mark Wachtler: Chicago Greens have contested Primary, sort of

By Mark Wachtler at the Illinois Herald:

February 27, 2016. Chicago. (ONN) North side Chicago residents, as well as many of the surrounding suburbs, will be offered a rare choice for the March 15 Primary Election. Voters will have three political party ballots to choose from instead of the typical two. That’s because the Green Party of Chicago has not only achieved major party status in the 5th Congressional District, but it has a contested Primary for its seat in Congress.

Warren Grimsley, Green Party candidate for Congress in the 5th District.

Major Party Status in CD-5

Two years ago, Green Party candidate Nancy Wade – who we endorsed at the Illinois Herald – garnered enough votes in her bid for Congress to qualify the Illinois Greens as a major party in her 5th US Congressional District. CD-5 covers much of the far north and northwest sides of Chicago, as well as many of the surrounding north, northwest, and western suburbs. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) currently represents the District in the US House.

Thanks to Wade’s success, and the accompanying major party status, Green Party candidates need only collect a few dozen petition signatures to place a candidate on the ballot. Other independents and third party candidates must still collect roughly 15,000. The best part, at least for the Greens, is that every Primary voter in the 5th Congressional District will be offered three ballots when they enter their polling place – Democrat, Republican, and Green. That kind of official recognition and state-funded promotion is worth its weight in gold.

2016 Contested Green Primary

At the beginning of the 2016 Primary season, it appeared there may be four candidates vying for the Green Party nomination for Congress in IL CD-5. But 2012 and 2014 nominee Nancy Wade declined to run again. Candidate Richard Mayers was challenged and had his name removed from the March 15 ballot. That leaves two candidates, and one of those doesn’t even live in the District and isn’t eligible to hold the office.

The last man standing, literally, is Warren Grimsley of Chicago. Rob Sherman, a local Green Party leader and the man infamously credited with kicking a host of third party Presidential candidates off the 2012 Illinois Ballot, is also still listed. But as the Chicago Sun Times pointed out in its own endorsement of Grimsley this week, Rob Sherman doesn’t live in the District.

Warren Grimsley for Congress

If Warren Grimsley’s Primary campaign is any indication, he is going to be a formidable opponent against incumbent Congressman Mike Quigley. There are currently no Republicans listed on the ballot for the office. But the Illinois GOP may insert a new candidate in time for the November General Election just as it did two years ago. Otherwise, the Green’s Grimsley may find himself in the enviable position of a one-on-one race with a fairly unpopular US Representative.

“Citizens, the time has come for an insurgency against the status quo in Washington,” Warren Grimsley says on his campaign website, “Our system is failing. Politicians today answer not to the people that elected them, but to corporations or other big money players. We must demand that our voices be heard, our protests seen and our sacred votes honored. We must rally to show solidarity. To support progress, vote Green.”

Possibly the most contemptuous issue in the campaign will be Rep. Quigley’s support for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP trade deal, according to its opponents, will continue transferring American jobs to third world countries for cheaper labor, sometimes even slave labor. It will also transfer some of America’s sovereignty to a world body made up of corporations overseeing the rules of the TPP agreement.

Without mentioning his opponent by name, Warren Grimsley says, “As you know, fast-track authority for the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) has passed the Congress, giving President Obama authority to present a complicated, previously secret agreement to Congress for its up or down vote. No amendments to the agreement will be allowed. The current puppet for the one percent who is in office in the 5th District is in favor of the poisonous TPP.”

The Illinois Herald energetically endorses Warren Grimsley over Rob Sherman in the March 15th Green Party Primary.

For more information on Warren Grimsley, the Green Party candidate for Congress in Illinois CD-5, visit his campaign website at Grizz2016.com. For information on the Illinois Green Party, visitILGP.org.

Jill Stein easily wins Illinois Green Party presidential preference vote

Green Party Watch, February 21st:
CJ9J5jiUAAEO4RLJill Stein has easily won the Illinois Green Party presidential preference vote, with nearly 87% of the total votes cast. The voting was as follows: Stein 119 (86.9%), William P. Kreml 5 (3.6%), Kent Mesplay 2 (1.5%), Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry 1 (0.7%), Darryl Cherney 0 (0.0%), uncommitted 10 (7.3%).

According to the Illinois Greens, the voting serves as the state party’s internal primary election for its presidential nominee and determines the makeup of the ILGP delegation to the 2016 Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention” in August. The Illinois delegation will consist of 20 Stein delegates, two uncommitted delegates, and one delegate pledged to Kreml.

About the Illinois Green Party, from Wikipedia:

The Illinois Green Party is a statewide political party in Illinois.

The party is state affiliate of the Green Party of the United States. Its stated mission and purpose are to advance the Ten Key Values of the Green Party in Illinois through political means and to support individual members and the formation of Green Party locals.

In 2006, the party ran its first statewide candidates led by Rich Whitney, candidate for Illinois Governor, who received 361,336 votes for 10% of the total vote, making the Green Party one of only three legally established, statewide political parties in Illinois, in addition to the Democratic and Republican parties. Though after the 2010 election the Illinois Green Party lost their established party status, because none of their candidates for statewide office broke the 5% threshold, which determines established parties in Illinois.

There are currently 12 local chapters affiliated with the party,[1] as well as ten members holding elected office in the state.[2]

At the 2007 Green National Meeting the Illinois Green Party submitted a Proposal to host the 2008 Green Party National Convention. [2] Greens from four cities had submitted proposals for the 2008 convention but in the end The National Committee chose Chicago.[3]

As an established party it was entitled to a presidential primary, if at least two candidates qualify for that primary.

In 2007, Illinois law required all candidates in the presidential primary to submit 3,000 signatures by November.[4] On November 5, 2007 the deadline for candidate petitions to run in the Green presidential primary, four Greens filed Cynthia McKinney, Kent Mesplay,Jared Ball and Howie Hawkins. (Hawkins was believed to be a stand-in for Ralph Nader).[5] Only eight state affiliates of the Green Party held presidential primaries in 2008 (other states nominated by caucus or convention).