The following press release was emailed to the IPR Google group email list:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – INDEPENDENT POLITICAL REPORT EXCLUSIVE
March 25, 2016
CONTACT: John Broux, Public Relations
JAKE LEONARD ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR 95TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT SEAT
SPRINGFIELD, IL, March 25, 2016 – During a radio appearance earlier today on News/Talk 970 WMAY in Springfield, Jake Leonard, 29, officially declared his candidacy for state representative in Illinois’ 95th Representative District, which covers all of Montgomery County and portions of Christian, Macoupin and Madison counties. Continue reading
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.
The following video, taken at the Libertarian Party of Illinois convention in Springfield and uploaded to YouTube on March 11th, is a presidential debate between candidates seeking the Libertarian Party nomination:
From DuPage Libertarians:
While the media might be focused on the antics of Clinton, Trump, and Sanders, parties like the Libertarian Party are quietly gathering their supporters and prepping their candidates. One such group is the Libertarian Party of Illinois which will host their annual State Convention on March 11-12th, 2016 in Springfield, IL. Continue reading
By Mark Wachtler
February 21, 2016. Addison, IL. (ONN) While Republicans and Democrats are preparing for their March Primaries here in Illinois, the state’s Libertarians are already on the campaign trail for the November General Election. One of those is Claire Ball, Libertarian Party candidate for Illinois Comptroller. Not only does she appear more qualified than her likely Democrat and GOP opponents, but Ball would bring an anti-corruption, non-partisan approach to Illinois’ near-bankrupt finances.
Claire Ball, Libertarian Party candidate for Illinois Comptroller.
Claire Ball was born in Evanston, Illinois and works as an accountant for one of the nation’s largest cell phone companies. Unlike the rest of her potential November opponents, Ball has a Masters Degree in finance and accounting. The Illinois Herald recently sat down with Claire for an interview about her campaign for Illinois Comptroller. We’d like to thank her for her time and consideration in answering some of our questions and telling Illinois Herald readers a little more about herself.
Illinois Herald: Why are you running for Illinois Comptroller?
Claire Ball: Fiscal responsibility, Integrity, and Transparency(FIT) are the foundation of state financial security, which fosters new jobs and economic growth. Illinois taxpayers deserve a FIT Illinois. As a professional accountant with a Master’s degree in accounting, I am uniquely qualified to bring FIT to Illinois’ finances.
Read the rest of the interview at the Illinois Herald.
From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News, February 12th (via LP.org):
On February 12, U.S. District Court Judge Andrea R. Wood issued a one-page order, granting the Illinois Libertarian Party’s motion for summary judgment that the Illinois full-slate law is unconstitutional. The decision will be issued later. The minute entry says, “For the reasons stated in the Memorandum Opinion and Order to follow, Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment is granted and Defendants’ motion for summary judgment is denied.”
The full-slate law was passed in 1931. It was probably passed to thwart the Communist Party, which had a very popular activist named Claude Lightfoot, a leader of Chicago’s African-American community. He received 33,337 votes for State Representative in 1932, not enough to win, but a strong showing. At the time Illinois used cumulative voting for State House elections. Each district elected three candidates. Each party was permitted to run either one, two, or three candidates. Voters each had three votes, and they could give one vote to each of three candidates, or they could accumulate their votes to give two votes to one person and one to another; or they could give all three votes to a single candidate. Illinois had been using this system since 1870.
The law passed in 1931 said a previously unqualified party (such as the Communist Party, which was never a qualified party in Illinois because it could never get 5% for any statewide race) had to run three candidates for State House, thus preventing such a party from taking advantage of cumulative voting to the fullest extent. The law barred the Communist Party from running just one candidate for State House in a district; it had to run three candidates in any district it contested. Of course voters were still free to give all three of their votes to the most popular Communist and ignore the other two. But the state had a straight-ticket device at the time, and voters who used the straight-ticket device for the Communist Party were splitting their three votes among all three Communist candidates, thus lessening the support for the one candidate that the party hoped might win.
Illinois stopped using cumulative voting in 1982, but the full-slate law remained on the books. It forced newly-qualifying parties to run a full slate of statewide candidates, whether they wanted to or not. For example, in midterm years, it forced such parties to run for Attorney General, if they wanted to run for Governor, even though the party might not have a qualified candidate for Attorney General (only attorneys can run for that position). In county partisan elections, it forced parties that wanted to run for any countywide executive positions to run for State’s Attorney.