Alternative parties criticize Illinois ballot access disparities

illinoisCentral Illinois WJBC Radio 1230 reports on its website that alternative parties in Illinois “are pointing out the large disparities” in ballot access between them and the Democrats and Republicans. A Libertarian candidate for state comptroller said she “has to get at least five times more signatures than her Republican and Democrat opponents, which is 25,000 signatures — a big undertaking.”

Rich Whitney, two-time Green Party candidate for governor, “said the process for new parties is like the Greek myth of Sisyphus. ‘It’s like rolling that boulder up the hill and then it rolls back down over you and you have to start over again,’ Whitney said.” He said the state’s “system is extremely unfair for parties other than Democrats and the GOP.”


Sherman, Bradshaw win contested Illinois Green U.S. House primaries

illinoisResults are in from the two contested Green Party U.S. House primaries in Illinois Tuesday.

With 98% of votes counted, Rob Sherman has defeated Warren Grimsley in the Fifth District by a margin of 60% to 40%.

With 96% of votes counted, Paula Bradshaw has defeated Sadona Folkner in the 12th District by a margin of 80% to 20%.


Stein talks with NPR Illinois

steinuisNPR Illinois interviewed Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein in advance of the state’s March 15 primaries. A 10-minute segment was broadcast on 89.3 FM Pittsfield and 91.9 FM Springfield, with an additional 14 minutes broadcast online.

The site also carries the audio of a half-hour speech Stein made on “Working for Our Political Environment and Personal Health” at the University of Illinois Springfield. NPR Illinois says Stein “spoke to a packed theater” at the school last Thursday.

The Illinois Green Party has already held its presidential preference vote, with Stein receiving 87% of the votes cast in the five-candidate field and winning 20 of the state’s 23 delegates to the August Green Party nominating convention.


Stein speaks at University of Illinois

mass-doctor-wins-green-party-presidential-nod-sh1s478t-x-largeThe 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.”


Green Party presidential primary calendar

primaryThis is a partial list of Green Party state-level presidential nominating events. This list will be updated when possible, and all available results will be posted on Green Party Watch.



  • Arizona: Primary (March 22)
  • California: Primary (June 7)
  • Colorado: State party meeting (April 3)
  • Delaware: Convention (May)
  • District of Columbia: Primary (June 14)
  • Illinois: Online voting (Jan. 25-Feb. 14), Primary (March 15)
  • Maine: Primary (June 14)
  • Massachusetts: Primary (March 1)
  • Minnesota: Caucus (March 1)
  • Nebraska: Convention (TBD)
  • New York: Convention (June 11)
  • Ohio: Primary (March 15), Convention (April 3)
  • Texas: Convention (April 9-10)

The Green Party of the United States has recognized five presidential candidates: Darryl Cherney, Bill Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, and Jill Stein. States have different standards for listing candidates in their primaries, so not all candidates will be on all primary ballots.The nominees for president and vice president will be selected at the Green National Convention in Houston, August 4-7.


Illinois Green Party petition calls for Emanuel, Alvarez resignations

illinoisThe 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.”


Two to face off in Green U.S. House primary in Illinois Fifth District

illinoisThe 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.


Green Party will have two competitive U.S. House primaries in Illinois

illinoisAccording to Ballot Access News, the Green Party is the only party slated to have a competitive primary in the Illinois Fifth District U.S. House race, where Warren Grimsley, Richard Mayers, and Rob Sherman are all running. Democratic incumbent Rep. Mike Quigley is unopposed in his party’s primary, while there is no Republican candidate. Green Nancy Wade took 6.1% in a three-way race in the district in 2014.

There is also a competitive Green primary in the 12th District, where Paula Bradshaw will face Sadona Folkner. There was no Green on the November ballot two years ago; in 2012, Bradshaw took 5.6% in a three-way race.

The primaries will be held on March 15.


Chicago Green Party endorses Fioretti for Mayor

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: Continue Reading


Illinois Greens endorse local candidates for 2015

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: Continue Reading