Rich Whitney to travel Illinois by bike and train

Rich Whitney, Illinois Green Party candidate for governor, will travel across Illinois by bike and train in a “Sustainable Transportation Tour” from Thursday 20 May to Friday 28 May. Details and schedule below:

Sustainable Transportation Tour

Green Party candidate Rich Whitney will be traveling across the state by bike and train. He’ll be joined at points by local candidates and other Green supporters. Please contact lynne [at] whitneyforgov [dot] org if you want to join or help promote the events. Also, see Rich’s sustainable transportation policy.

(pre-tour) May 19th: Rich will join the Chicago Ride of Silence at 6:30 pm, Daley Plaza.

DAY ONE: Thursday, May 20th
10:30 am Press Conference at James R.Thompson Center at 100 West Randolph Street, Chicago opposing eminent domain at Peotone prior to FAA approval/disapproval of an airport. STAND (Shut This Airport Nightmare Down) is organizing the press conference and demonstration. Featured speakers are Rich Whitney, Green Party candidate for governor; Brian Cann, Will Township Supervisor; Jim Tobin, President of National Taxpayers United of Illinois and George Oschenfeld, Green Party candidate for State Representative, 79th district.

Logan Square campaign office @ 3044 W. Fullerton Avenue.
Mr Whitney will be joined by several supporters, including Jeremy Karpen, Green Party candidate for State Representative, District 39 and Jack Ailey, Green Party candidate for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Continue Reading


Whitney for Governor April newsletter

From Rich Whitney for Governor of Illinois:

It’s been a whirlwind of activity the last several months as Rich has traveled the state, holding joint events with green candidates, doing media interviews and talking with thousands of voters.

We  wanted to send these weekly e-newsletters to keep you informed & involved with the campaign.

On Wednesday, Rich and green candidates Dan Kairis, Scott Summers and Jack Ailey attended the huge rally in Springfield calling for comprehensive budget reform. Afterwards, Rich headed north to Crest Hill to speak to nearly 100 members of AFT Local 604. This weekend, he’s speaking to the Executive Board of UPI Local 4100 in Chicago. Continue Reading


Illinois: Kairis Defeats Democratic Party Machine

Sent in today (Dan Kairis website)

Dan Kairis, long-time resident of South Elgin, IL and Green Party candidate for the 14th Congressional District, defeated the Democratic Party’s attempt to remove him from the February 2, 2010 primary election ballot. Kairis was represented by Andy Finko, an attorney who helped a number of other Green Party candidates during the ballot challenge process.

The objections were filed in the name of Jean Cattron, an Elgin Democratic Precinct committeeperson, though Ms. Cattron did not appear at any electoral board proceedings. Despite Cattron’s absence from the process, her attorney claimed that she swore, under oath, that a number of Kairis’ signatures were either not genuine or had other deficiencies.

A binder check, in which petition signatures are checked with voter registration cards, was the deciding factor in Kairis’ victory. Of the signatures that Cattron claimed were deficient, twenty objections were overturned, including the objections to the signatures of Kairis’ son, brother and mother. Although Kairis had more than enough signatures, his attorney, Andy Finko, filed a brief and affidavits that would have overturned an additional seven objections in the event that Cattron’s attorney escalated the challenge to an evidentiary hearing. In all, Kairis obtained sixteen affidavits from people who signed his nominating petitions, confirming that they were in fact the actual people that signed the original documents.
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McKinney Campaigns in Illinois Oct. 28-29

Cynthia McKinney’s Power to the People Campaign hits Illinois with just a week to go before the election, returning to where her campaign kicked off at the Green Party National Convention in July. Illinois, which is running a record 54 candidates from Congress down to local races, has demonstrated its Green voting potential after Green Party Gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney took over 10% of the vote in 2006.

McKinney will campaign in Chicago, Naperville, Springfield, and Alton, alongside Illinois Green Party candidates for Congress. See the below press release for details.
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