Posts Tagged ‘Illinois’

Chicago Green Party endorses Fioretti for Mayor

Posted in Local Elections on February 3rd, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p bob fiorettiFrom Progress Illinois:

The Green Party of Chicago has endorsed Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) in the mayor’s race.

“Chicago has been subject to persistent political abuse, from the shuttering of dozens of schools to the siphoning of tax dollars off to private interests,” Phil Huckelberry, chair of the Green Party of Chicago, said in a statement. “Bob Fioretti has been at the forefront of standing up to these abuses, and he takes it further and backs it up with real ideas for moving the city forward.”

See the Chicago Green Party’s statement on the endorsement here.

The Green Party of Chicago has also made endorsements in the following ward races: read more »

Illinois Greens endorse local candidates for 2015

Posted in Local Elections on January 12th, 2015 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

illinoisgreenpartyThe Illinois Green Party has issued its first round of endorsements for Spring 2015 local elections.

Here is a list of Green candidates from the ILGP website:

Alberto Bocanegra for Chicago City Council, 15th Ward
Rita Maniotis for Morton High School District 201 Board, Cook County
Matthew Walsh for Plainfield CSD 202 Board, Will County
Steve Alesch for Warrenville Park District, DuPage County (incumbent)
Nicholas Strauch for Palatine Park District, Cook County
David Black for Rock Valley College Board, Winnebago and Boone Counties
Scott Summers for McHenry County College Board, McHenry County

More endorsements from the Chicago Green Party site: read more »

Green for Greens: Nancy Wade and Paula Bradshaw for Congress (IL)

Posted in Congressional Campaigns on October 27th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Green For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

p rich whitney debate protestFor years, the two-party establishment has attacked Green Parties around the country for daring to offer voters another choice, but perhaps nowhere has the crackdown been more intense than Illinois. After Green gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney earned over 10% in 2006 running against Democratic incumbent Rod Blagojevich (who soon afterward went to federal prison for massive corruption), the IL Democratic machine pulled out all the stops to fight off the Green surge with a combination of dirty tricks and discriminatory ballot access laws. In 2014, although the Greens submitted nearly 30,000 signatures to qualify their statewide slate, the IL Democrats took advantage of the state’s notoriously anti-democratic ballot access laws to kick the Greens off the ballot.

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Nancy Wade

Yet the Illinois Greens persevere in their quest to rid their state of corrupt machine politics and return the reins of government to the people. This resilient spirit is embodied by Nancy Wade and Paula Bradshaw, who are both making their second run for Congress.

A Spanish teacher and longtime community activist, Nancy Wade is running in Illinois’ 5th district (Chicago and DuPage County) on a bold progressive platform that includes taxing the 1% to pay for mass job creation, Medicare for All, overturning Citizens United, slashing military spending and ending the MidEast wars. In 2012, Nancy Wade earned 5.7% of the vote in the same race.

Contribute to Nancy Wade for Congress now!

Paula Bradshaw - Green Party candidate for Illinois CD 12

Paula Bradshaw – Green Party candidate for Illinois CD 12

Paula Bradshaw of Carbondale (in Southern IL) comes from an active family: her husband is Rich Whitney, IL Green candidate for governor in 2006 and 2010, and her daughter Jessica Bradshaw became the first Green elected to Carbondale City Council in 2012. Paula Bradshaw’s campaign is centered around the Green New Deal platform of creating millions of family-supporting jobs in the transition to a sustainable society. In 2012, Paula Bradshaw earned 5.6% of the vote in the same race.

Contribute to Paula Bradshaw for Congress now!

Despite the efforts of powerful political elites to suppress the Illinois Green Party, these strong women are bringing the Green message of peace, justice, democracy and ecology to thousands of new voters. Show your support for their courageous efforts by making a contribution to their campaigns today!

Greens to Obama: War is not the way

Posted in Peace & Non-Violence on September 12th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

NancyWadeFrom the Green Party US:

Earlier this week, President Obama announced his plans to increase airstrikes and arm Syrian rebels in an attempt to control Iraq. The Green Party has called on the President to resist this next step and on Congress to revoke its ‘blank check’ for war. Green candidates for Congress added to the chorus of voices calling to resist this escalation.

Nancy Wade, Green candidate for U.S. House in Illinois’ 5th District: “Congress has abdicated its Constitutional responsibilities by handing the Executive branch virtually unlimited authority to wage war on the scale and in the fashion of its choosing. This has resulted in catastrophic and costly crimes against humanity such as we have seen in Iraq and Libya, and as we see continuing in an increasing number of countries…” read more »

Illinois Green Party Governor and Sec. of State candidates to run as write-ins

Posted in Ballot Access, State Wide Elections on September 9th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

scott-summersThe Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Two Illinois Green Party candidates who were on a statewide slate that was knocked off the ballot last month will run as write-in candidates this November.

Scott K. Summers will run for governor as a write-in, and Sheldon Schafer will run for secretary of state. read more »

Illinois Green Party hiring petitioners to finish ballot access drive

Posted in Ballot Access on June 19th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p omar lopez rosa clementeThe Illinois Green Party is collecting signatures through June 22nd to get their statewide candidates on the ballot, including Omar Lopez for US Senate and Scott Summers for Governor. From the Illinois Green Party:

The technical requirement to get our slate of candidate on the ballot is 25,000 signatures from registered voters, but because of the punitive and anti-democratic election laws in Illinois, we require a significant overage of signatures. Our goal is 40,000 signatures by Sunday, June 22nd. With everyone’s help, this is possible. Plus, if you need motivation, we can pay you.

The Illinois Green Party has been hiring paid petitioners to help us with our ballot drive. Two of our unpaid volunteers, Rita Maniotis and Sheldon Schafer, have collected over 2,000 signatures each. Scott Summers, our candidate for Governor, has personally collected over 1,000. Dozens of other volunteers have freely given up their evenings, weekends, and time away from their families to put the Green Party on the ballot in 2014.

In order to respect that level of effort from our volunteers, so that their efforts are not in vain, the Illinois Green Party allocated significant money to ensure we get on the ballot this year. We are currently hiring petitioners read more »

Upcoming Green Party conventions in Illinois, Colorado, and Oregon

Posted in State Party News on March 14th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

The Green Parties of Illinois, Colorado, and Oregon are holding 2014 state conventions in the coming weeks. Details:green party earthflower

From the Illinois Green Party:

The ILGP will hold its state membership meeting this coming Saturday, March 15, at the Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway Homewood, IL, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At the meeting ILGP members will help make a final decision about running a slate of candidates for statewide offices (governor, U.S. Senator, etc.) in 2014, as well as prepare for our petition drives, which start later in the month. We will also be holding elections for state party offices (Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and four Vice Chairs) and GPUS representatives. The meeting is free and open to the public. No registration is required; Optional RSVP available on Facebook. Complete meeting information, as well as information about the Friday night social and Saturday night fundraising dinner, can be found at ILGP.org/meeting.

From the Colorado Green Party: read more »

Jill Stein to launch Global Climate Convergence Sat. Jan. 18th in Chicago

Posted in Grassroots Democracy on January 16th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

From Jill Stein and the Green Shadow Cabinet:

You’re invited to join Tim DeChristopher, Richard Monje, Cheri Honkala, Sherri Mitchell, Chris Williams, yours truly, and speakers from a broad spectrum of grassroots justice movements on Saturday, January 18, 7:30 PM in Chicago, 333 S. Ashland Ave. p global climate convergence

Help launch a groundbreaking action campaign that will take place this spring across the US and beyond: Earth Day to May Day, 10 Days to Change Course!

During these 10 days, communities across the globe will rally to support local fronts of struggle as we build a united front to push for Emergency Green Economic Transformation – a solution even bigger than the crisis barrelling down on us – including universal jobs, healthcare, education, food and housing security, economic and political democracy, demilitarization and an end to fossil fuel use by 2030.

Together we can harness the transformative power we already possess as a thousand separate movements sweeping the globe, rising up against the global assault on our shared economy, ecology, peace and democracy. read more »

Illinois Greens file for 2014 primary

Posted in State Party News on January 10th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

NancyWadeFrom the Illinois Green Party:

Earlier this month, several Green Party candidates* successfully filed for office and will be on the ballot in the March 18, 2014, primary, including:
  • Nancy Wade, U.S. Congress, U.S. Congress, 5th District (NW Chicago & Cook, NE DuPage)
  • Paula Bradshaw, U.S. Congress, 12th District (Metro East/Carbondale)
  • George Milkowski, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Karen Roothaan, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Michael Smith, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
In addition, there are a number of candidates in Cook County and Downstate for precinct/township committeeperson. While these races are unopposed, you can show your support for the Green Party by asking for a Green Party ballot in the March 18, 2014, Illinois Primary (if there is no Green Party ballot available in your area, you can ask for a nonpartisan ballot).  read more »

Illinois Green Party news: Oct. membership meeting, fracking, 2014 candidates, and more

Posted in State Party News on September 19th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

IL green party logoFrom the Illinois Green Party:

State Membership Meeting, October 19
The next Illinois Green Party state membership meeting will take place on Saturday, October 19, in U.E. Hall, 37 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago.
All current members, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the Green Party or its candidates, are invited and encouraged to attend. The membership is the highest decision-making body of the Illinois Green Party, and this is your chance to help strategize and set the direction for 2014 and beyond.
The meeting will feature a noontime public forum on “Fracking: Not in Labor’s Interest”. The event, co-hosted by the ILGP and the Illinois Coalition for a Moratorium on Fracking, is part of Global Frackdown 2, an international day of action against fracking. read more »

Illinois Greens win in five local races

Posted in State Party News on April 23rd, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From the Green Party of Illinois:

p jessica bradshawWhile most of Tuesday’s elections were officially nonpartisan, Illinois Green Party members competed in elections across the state, with five candidates winning their races, based on unofficial results. If these wins hold, the ILGP’s number of officeholders statewide would grow to 10.

The big win of the night belongs to Green Party member Jessica Bradshaw, who appears to have been elected to Carbondale City Council in a hard-fought nonpartisan race. In the 12-candidate race for three city council seats, Bradshaw came in third and earned 677 697 votes, or 15.59%, with 100% of precincts reporting, according to unofficial returns.

“We knocked on over 4,000 doors in just a few months,” said Bradshaw. “It was hard work, but it showed that the way to win is by getting to know, and listening to, the people.” read more »

Several steps forward in Wisconsin – Chicago and DC are next!

Posted in Local Elections on April 3rd, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From Jill Stein for President:

Several steps “Forward!” in Wisconsin

Dean-Loumos.jpgCongratulations are in order to Dean Loumos and Ledell Zellers, two Madison, Wisconsin Green Party members who were elected yesterday to the Madison School Board and the Madison Common Council, respectively!

There was good news in other parts of Wisconsin as well: Rae Vogeler, a former Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, was elected to the Oregon School Board. And the voters of Fort Atkinson and Whitewater both joined the Move to Amend by voting overwhelmingly (84% and 77%) for the We the People Amendment (see http://www.WethePeopleAmendment.org).

Ledell-Zellers.jpgWe thank all of the Greens who ran for office in Madison this Spring.

Thanks to CJ Terrell, Damon Terrell, Barbara Davis, Christian Hanson, Sarah Manski, Leslie Peterson and Hawk Sullivan, each of whom ran strong campaigns we can be proud of. Sarah Manski, who won her primary with 45% of the vote, withdrew from the race shortly after the primary for family reasons, yet still won a third of the general election vote from diehard supporters.

Now on to elections in Chicago and Washington DC! If you haven’t already checked out LeAlan Jones in his congressional campaign in Chicago (election day is April 9) and Perry Redd in his run for the DC City Council (April 16), take a look.

Illinois Green Party State Meeting 3/2 in Carbondale

Posted in State Party News on February 28th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From the Illinois Green Party:

ILGP will hold a State Membership Meeting on March 2 on the outskirts of Carbondale. All members are encouraged to attend! read more »

LeAlan Jones running for Congress in IL-2 special election

Posted in Congressional Campaigns on January 30th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments

LeAlan Jones, the Illinois Green Party’s 2010 US Senate candidate, has announced his candidacy for the special election to fill the IL-2 congressional seat vacated by outgoing Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.  From his Wikipedia profile:

LeAlan Marvin Jones is an American journalist who lives in Chicago’s South Shore. His radio documentaries have received critical acclaim and numerous awards. Jones was the Green Party’s 2010 nominee for United States Senate from Illinois.

Check out his campaign website at LealanForCongress.org.

Incumbent Won’t Debate Nancy Wade in Congressional Race

Posted in Congressional Campaigns on November 4th, 2012 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

From the Nancy Wade Campaign:

On Sunday, November 4 at 1 p.m., IL’s 5th U.S. Congressional District candidate Nancy Wade will participate in a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters.  The debate will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4550 N. Hermitage in Chicago. Wade will square off against suburban Republican Dan Schmitt.  Conspicuously absent from the debate will be incumbent Democratic placeholder Mike Quigley, who took over IL-5 from current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2009.

Regarding Quigley’s absence in the planned League of Women Voters’ debate, Nancy Wade observed that this represents a pattern that should raise the eyebrows of 5th District voters.

“Mike Quigley has refused or ignored multiple invitations to debate me, and he’s taken no public stands on issues of great importance and currency to 5th District voters, such as the recent effort by the Chicago Teachers Union to fight against Rahm Emanuel’s destructive and unpopular education policies,” she said.  She also noted that Quigley hasn’t said much about his vote to extend the Patriot Act’s domestic spying provisions.  “Where will he stand on the next president’s attempts to bargain away Medicare and Social Security?  How will he vote if the next president requests authorization for bombing or invading Iran?”

Given that so much is at stake in the next two years, said Wade, 5th District voters need to know what kind of representative they’ll be sending to Washington.  “My campaign has been very open about where I stand on our country’s most important issues, and the voters deserve no less from the incumbent.  Mike Quigley needs to make his positions clear to the voters.”

“We promise not to lock him out and have him arrested,” Wade said, referring to the treatment that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein recieved at the third presidential debate.