2-19-17: Illinois General Assembly House Bill HB 762 calls for changes to the threshold at which a political party must poll to be considered an established political party, rather than a "new" political party, from 5% of the entire vote cast in the State in the general election for State and county officers to 2%. The bill includes the President of the United States in the definition of "state office" or "state officer". The bill lowers the minimum signature requirements for statewide office from 25,000 to 10,000 and for other offices within the state from 5% to 2% of votes cast in the district in the last regular election.
The Illinois Green Party Coordinating Committee endorses HB 762 with the following amendment:
The minimum signature requirements for offices within the state shall be 0.5% of votes cast in the district in the last regular election.
2-19-17: The Illinois Green Party Coordinating Committee endorses Illinois General Assembly Senate Bill SB 63 which calls for petition signature requirements for "new" parties and independent candidates to be the same as for established party candidates, with the following amendment.
The text of the bill on Page 5, Line 26 thru Page 6, Line 4 that reads as follows:
must be signed by qualified voters of the district equaling in number not less than 5% of the number of voters who voted at the next preceding regular election in such district at which an officer was elected to serve the district.
should be replaced with:
shall have the same minimum and maximum signature requirements as those stated in Section 7-10 for established political parties to place a candidate on the ballot for that office.
2-19-17: The Illinois Green Party Coordinating Committee endorses Illinois General Assembly Senate Bill SB 2 which calls for increasing the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.00 beginning July 1, 2017 and increases it by $0.50 each July 1 until July 1, 2021, at which point the minimum wage will be $11.00, with the following amendments:
- SB 2 shall not be tied to the enactment of SB 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13, the other so-called "grand bargain" bills.
- SB 2 shall remedy the current age discrimination allowed under Illinois law (by removing section (3) of 820 ILCS 105/4)(from Ch. 48, par. 1004) that allows employers to pay their workers under the age of 18 fifty cents less than the minimum wage.
- The minimum wage shall be adjusted every year starting July 1, 2022 based on the year-to-date increase or decrease in the Illinois consumer price index.