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Illinois Green Party E-Newsletter (May 3, 2009)

ILLINOIS GREEN PARTY E-NEWSLETTER
May 3, 2009 – Volume 056

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COMPLETE RESULTS OF APRIL ELECTIONS – THREE GREENS ELECTED & MORE
NEW ILGP OFFICERS CHOSEN, 2010 ELECTION PLAN DISCUSSED IN MAHOMET
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– CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE
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1. RECAP OF APRIL 2009 CONSOLIDATED ELECTIONS
– Three Greens Elected
– Other Strong Performances
– Complete Results

2. HOUSE BILL 723: UPDATES AND MORE BACKGROUND

3. ILGP OFFICERS ELECTED, 2010 DISCUSSED AT MAHOMET MEETING

4. GREEN PARTY NEWS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY

5. LAVENDER CAUCUS, DEKALB COUNTY LOCAL FORMING

6. BECOME AN ILLINOIS GREEN PARTY SUSTAINING DONOR TODAY

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1. RECAP OF APRIL 2009 CONSOLIDATED ELECTIONS
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Green candidates established new high-water marks for partisan
races in Illinois, and three Green candidates were elected to
nonpartisan office on April 7.

– Three Greens Elected

JON MURRAY was reelected to the Village Board in Mount Morris
(Ogle County). This will be Jon’s second term.

ROBERT BRAAM was reelected to the Library Board in Manhattan
(Will County). Robert originally won election as a write-in
candidate for a short term in 2007; this will be his first full
term.

BRUCE SAMUELS was elected to the Library Board in Oak Park (Cook
County). The 3,757 votes Bruce received were the highest of any
Green candidate anywhere in Illinois in 2009.

– Other Notable Performances

MATT REICHEL received 6.6% of the vote in the Special Election
for 5th Congress (Cook County). In November 2008, Alan Auguston
received 4.0% of the vote, so Matt’s showing represents a
substantial improvement.

MARK MALLON received 39.3% of the vote for City Council in
Urbana (Champaign County). This is the best-ever showing by
percentage for any Green candidate in a partisan office in
Illinois. Mark was within 40 votes of winning.

VALERIA DENSMORE received 31.4% of the vote for Rich Township
Clerk (Cook County). No Green candidate had previously run in a
partisan race in southern Cook County for anything smaller than
countywide office, so Val’s showing is especially impressive.

JOSHUA RODGERS received 17.0% of the vote for Mayor of Robinson
(Crawford County). Joshua was the first Green candidate for any
office in a 75-mile radius around Robinson. As a first-time
candidate relatively isolated from other Greens, Joshua did very
well.

FRANK WEDIG received 16.0% of the vote for Dorr Township Trustee
(McHenry County). With five candidates running, 16.0% of all
votes is very strong, and suggests that Greens could strongly
challenge the entrenched Republican leadership in McHenry County.

– Complete Results

* – Winner
# – Partisan race; candidate appeared on the ballot as a Green.

Note: For cumulative races (with multiple candidates elected),
percentage reflects the percentage of all votes cast, not the
percentage of voters who voted for the candidate. Performance in
cumulative races is therefore stronger than it might first seem.
Results are from local election authority websites and may not
include provisional or absentee votes.

Candidate – Office (County)
Place (# of candidates, # of seats elected) – Votes – % of all votes

Mark Mallon – Urbana City Council Ward 2 (Champaign) #
2nd (2,1) – 75 – 39.3%

Gary Storm – Urbana City Council Ward 7 (Champaign) #
3rd (3,1) – 48 – 13.1%

Durl Kruse – Urbana Mayor (Champaign) #
3rd (4,1) – 200 – 10.2%

Matt Reichel – U.S. Congress, 5th District (Cook)
3rd (3,1) – 2902 – 6.6%

Mike Drennan – Evanston City Council Ward 9 (Cook)
3rd (3,1) – 154 – 12.8%

Valeria Densmore – Rich Township Clerk (Cook) #
2nd (2,1) – 2623 – 31.4%

Paul Jasinevicius – Rich Township Highway Commissioner (Cook) #
2nd (2,1) – 2017 – 23.7%

Paul Jasinevicius – Park Forest Village Trustee (Cook)
4th (5,3) – 522 – 15.9%

Paul Jasinevicius – Rich Township HS District 227 School Trustee (Cook)
(9,4) – 2261 – 9.9%

Julie Samuels – Oak Park Village Trustee (Cook)
5th (6,3) – 2226 – 12.8%

Bruce Samuels – Oak Park Library Trustee (Cook)
* 1st (5,4) – 3757 – 21.5%

Dave Simone – Northbrook Village Board (Cook)
5th (6,3) – 1658 – 8.8%

Joshua Rodgers – Robinson Mayor (Crawford)
2nd (2,1) – 211 – 17.0%

Steve Alesch – Winfield Township Trustee (DuPage) #
6th (6,4) – 1359 – 9.0%

Chris Meredith – Watseka City Council Ward 1 (Iroquois)
3rd (3,1) – 27 – 10.1%

Paula Bradshaw – Carbondale Township Trustee (Jackson) #
5th (6,4) – 608 – 14.8%

Dan Kairis – Elgin Township Supervisor (Kane) #
3rd (3,1) – 631 – 8.19%

Julie Schmitt – Elgin Township Trustee (Kane) #
9th (11,4) – 917 – 2.97%

Bradley Kairis – Elgin Township Trustee (Kane) #
11th (11,4) – 588 – 1.91%

Dan Todd – Elgin Township Trustee (Kane) #
10th (11,4) – 716 – 2.32%

Frank Wedig – Dorr Township Trustee (McHenry) #
5th (5,4) – 837 – 16.03%

Jon Murray – Mount Morris Village Board (for reelection) (Ogle)
* 2nd (3,3) – 485 – 34.0%

Bob Braam – Manhattan Library Trustee (for reelection) (Will)
* 2nd (3,4) – 1302 – 30.8%

Jesus Correa VII – Rockford Mayor (Winnebago) #
4th (4,1) – 394 – 1.8%

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2. HOUSE BILL 723: UPDATES AND MORE BACKGROUND
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There are currently three “established” parties under Illinois
law: Green, Democratic, and Republican. When an established
party has no candidates run in a partisan primary for a given
office, that party has the ability to place a candidate directly
on the general election ballot. The process is called “slating”
and involves a body of elected and appointed committeepersons
selecting a candidate. The practice of “slating” has been used
in Illinois for decades, but for most of that time, there were
only two established parties.

House Bill 723 passed the Illinois House on April 2. As passed,
HB723 would effectively end the practice of slating, by requiring
a slated candidate to collect the same extremely large number of
signatures as independent candidates, but in only 60 days at the
end of winter.

On April 28, HB723 received a hearing in the Senate Elections
Committee. The bill was reported out of committee on an 8-1
vote, but, as a result of the testimony of Greens, the bill was
reported out on the caveat that it would have to be amended on
the Senate floor to change the post-slating signature requirement
to match the primary petition requirements instead of the
independent requirements. Sen. Dale Righter (R-55) was the lone
No vote on the bill.

Rob Sherman, Dan Kairis, Charlie Howe, and Andy Finko appeared to
testify. At first only one witness was going to be allowed, but
Sen. Dan Rutherford (R-53) intervened and so Rob, Dan, and Andy
were able to testify. During Dan’s testimony, the Senate sponsor
of the bill, Terry Link (D-30), interrupted and, according to
Andy, “proceeded to attack [the Green Party] very directly, and
basically admitted the legislation was written by the legislature
and for the legislature, because of the Green Party’s slating,
rather than getting signatures like ‘the rest of us do.'” Sen.
Link also apparently kept insisting that the signature
requirements in the bill were equivalent to established party
requirements, until Sen. Rutherford finally read the actual text
of the bill aloud.

The exact language of a new amendment to the bill is not yet
available, but it is likely the language will be introduced in
the next week and that the Senate will take action on it. If the
bill is amended on the Senate floor and then passed through the
Senate, it will need to be returned to the House for a
concurrence vote, so it may be some time before the bill actually
works its way through the General Assembly.

The Illinois Green Party is planning to get a copy of the
transcript and/or an audio recording of the hearing and to issue
a more detailed analysis of incumbency rates and slating numbers
in the near future. Future Action Alerts on this bill are
likely and Greens will be strongly encouraged to help get this
bill defeated.

Some assistance with the research on incumbency and slating
figures would be very helpful in fighting this bill and on
furthering the Green Party’s work to help bring real reform to
Illinois. If you are familiar with the State Board of Elections
candidate database and comfortable doing some spreadsheet or
relational database analysis, and would like to participate in
this research, please email Phil Huckelberry at
phil.huckelberry@ilgp.org.

Greens and others throughout Illinois owe a debt of gratitude to
Rob Sherman, Dan Kairis, Charlie Howe, and Andy Finko. Without
their long drives to Springfield on April 28, this very bad bill
would have passed out of committee as was. Forcing an amendment
on the bill is itself a significant victory, and hopefully there
is now the opportunity to defeat it outright.

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3. ILGP OFFICERS ELECTED, 2010 DISCUSSED AT MAHOMET MEETING
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The Illinois Green Party held its 2009 Spring Membership Meeting
on April 18 in rural Mahomet (Champaign County). Elections were
held for some internal offices, and the meeting focused largely
on discussions for preparing for the 2010 election cycle and
strengthening party infrastructure.

Officers elected:
Phil Huckelberry, Chair
David Black, Secretary
Jack Ailey, Treasurer
AJ Segneri, Membership Steward

Green National Committee delegates elected:
Tom Abram
Michael Drennan
Phil Huckelberry
Hector Sabelli
David Sacks

Green National Committee alternate delegates elected:
Steve Alesch
Charlie Howe
Dan Kairis
Walter Pituc
Susan Rodgers
Marc Sanson
Joel Tamraz

The next ILGP Membership Meeting will be held July 17-19 in
Champaign. Details are being finalized. It is expected that at
this meeting the Illinois Green Party will conduct a series of
endorsement votes to determine an endorsed slate of statewide
candidates for the 2010 elections, with petitioning for that
slate to begin in early August 2009. In upcoming weeks ILGP
members should receive a Call for Candidates and further
information about this very important state meeting.

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4. GREEN PARTY NEWS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY
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See all GPUS releases at: http://www.gp.org/press.php

NATIONAL – 2009.04.07
The Green Party endorses International Seeds Day on April 26,
calls for the repeal of Order 81 making Iraqi farmers dependent
on US firms

http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=201

NATIONAL – 2009.04.10
District Court rules on Green’s constitutional challenge to the
manipulation of presidential elections

http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=202

NATIONAL – 2009.04.15
‘Green Generation': Green Party events and news for Earth Day
2009, with a focus on water

http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=203

NATIONAL – 2009.04.16
Green Party to Obama: US must participate in Durban 2
international antiracism summit

http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=204

NATIONAL – 2009.04.29
Greens: Justice Dept. must appoint a special prosecutor to
investigate and prosecute Bush officials who OK’d torture

http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=209

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5. LAVENDER CAUCUS, DEKALB COUNTY LOCAL FORMING
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A new effort is underway to form a Lavender Caucus within the
Illinois Green Party. The Green Party’s national Lavender Caucus
is a caucus for self-identifying members of the GLBTIQ community.
The Black Caucus and Women’s Caucus are also established at the
national level, and at the state level an Illinois Young Greens
group has previously been formed. Generally speaking, caucuses
are intended to provide greater representation for groups of
people organized on non-ideological bases which have been
traditionally underrepresented in society or within the party.

For more information on the forming Illinois Lavender Caucus,
contact AJ Segneri at aj.segneri@gmail.com or Gini Lester at
lvlginnl@gmail.com.

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Illinois Green Party local groups are organized on a geographic
basis, with groups inside Cook County organized along township
or city community lines, and groups outside Cook County organized
along county or multi-county lines. There are currently 24
affiliated Green Party local organizations in Illinois. Illinois
Green Party members are generally assigned to the appropriate
local organization and should be receiving regular contact from
their local.

On April 30, a group met in DeKalb to discuss structuring a
DeKalb County organization. A followup meeting will be held on
May 15 at the American National Bank multipurpose room in DeKalb.

If you would like more information about the new organizing in
DeKalb County, or if you would like to know what your current
local organization is, email AJ Segneri, ILGP Membership Steward,
at aj.segneri@gmail.com.

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6. BECOME AN ILLINOIS GREEN PARTY SUSTAINING DONOR TODAY
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The Illinois Green Party strongly encourages its members to sign
up to be monthly sustaining donors. The monthly sustainer
program starts at only $5 a month, and when you’re signed up as a
sustainer, your membership automatically renews on a monthly
basis, and you help ILGP maintain a consistent income stream over
the year.

There are two ways you can become a monthly sustainer. ILGP has
an automatic credit card or checking account deduction program
set up via PayPal – you just need to have a PayPal account to
participate. Go to this page to sign up:

http://ilgp.org/groups/finance/sustaining-member

We also have some members who are using auto bill pay features of
their personal checking accounts to have their banks cut monthly
checks to ILGP. This method carries the additional advantage of
saving on credit card processing fees.

We can also set it up so that multiple ILGP members in the same
house can be on the same sustainer account, starting at $10 a
month. If you want your sustaining membership to apply to other
family members, just let us know.

If you have any questions about the monthly sustainer program,
contact AJ Segneri, ILGP Membership Steward, at
membership@ilgp.org.

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– ILGP CONTACT INFORMATION
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Illinois Green Party
P.O. Box 471278
Chicago, IL 60647

http://www.ilgp.org

ILGP Voicemail: 312-924-1803

Phil Huckelberry, Chair
chair@ilgp.org

Julie Samuels, Vice-Chair
vice-chair@ilgp.org

David Black, Secretary
secretary@ilgp.org

Jack Ailey, Treasurer
treasurer@ilgp.org

AJ Segneri, Membership Steward
membership@ilgp.org

For submissions, suggestions, and any administrative questions,
email newsletter@ilgp.org

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Ronald Hardy

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