The University of Illinois Daily Illini reports on Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s Wednesday night speech at the university.
Stein, “the Green Party’s leading candidate for the 2016 presidential election,” is “the only presidential candidate to visit the University this election cycle.” She said “she believes is that massive changes need to be made to America to make the world a better place.”
Stein said, “We need really deep systemic change. And a different way forward based on democracy, justice, and human rights, and a different kind of world that puts people, planet and peace over profit, instead of profit over everything else.”
Her speech “primarily focused on the issue of student loan debt. She pointed out that 43 million Americans are tied down by their student loans; in order to pay them off, many graduates need to work longer hours, giving them less time to pay attention to politics. Stein said it was crucial for these people to get out and vote in 2016.”
Jill 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.
The Illinois Green Party has launched an online petition calling for the resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, saying that “citizens of Chicago will no longer endure the corruption and lies emanating from the highest offices of the city. We deserve honest elected officials who protect and serve the public.”
The Illinois Green Party says the two officials “betrayed the public trust by suppressing the video recordings showing the shocking execution of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke. Emanuel sat on the video until forced to disclose it by court order, and Alvarez took no action to charge Van Dyke for 13 months — while Van Dyke continued to be employed by the City and Emanuel ran for re-election.”
The Chicago Tribune reports that two candidates, Warren Grimsley and Rob Sherman, will face off in a Green Party primary in the Illinois Fifth District U.S. House race on March 15. A third candidate, Richard Mayers, was removed from the ballot after a challenge by the Grimsley campaign.
Ken Menzel, general counsel for the Illinois State Board of Elections, “said the objection to Mayers was upheld because he is not a registered voter, which makes him ineligible as a candidate for any party.” Mayers, a white supremacist with a criminal record, has been a frequent candidate for office in Illinois.
Two-time Illinois Green Party gubernatorial nominee Rich Whitney delivered the keynote address at the Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, Friday evening.
Whitney said, “The Green Party, because we are free, we’re not prisoners of the corporate-minded thinking of the Democrats or the Republicans. We can embrace these sound public policy ideas and fight for them. I think that’s pretty huge. Also the positive side, we have our values. We have a political party based on unifying core principles and values to promote the common good.”
In 2006, Whitney received more than 361,000 votes, or 10.4% of the total, in a three-way race for governor. Four year later, he received just under 101,000 votes in a five-way race that was very close between the top two candidates.
Press release from the Illinois Green Party:
In light of reports that AFSCME union workers’ jobs hang in the
balance under Gov. Pat Quinn’s plan to cut state spending, the Illinois Green Party offers this suggestion to those who do get laid off: If and when that pink slip comes, don’t despair — consider
a run for public office.
In a press release received yesterday by Green Party Watch, Rich Whitney discussed the fundraising activities of Dan Hynes, a competitor in the race to be the next Governor of Illinois.
“We’ve had two governors in a row brought down by scandals that directly involved campaign contributions,” said Whitney, an attorney from Carbondale. “Despite these recent ethical scandals, Hynes continues the practice of taking large campaign donations from corporations and industries that as governor he may one day regulate.”
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