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.
If there's one thing 2016 proved beyond a doubt, it's that support for the Green Party and our Ten Key Values exists at every level, and in every community, across our state.
Our task in 2017 is to harness that support, and to offer individuals strong, local, grassroots organizations that fight for Green Party values. To that end, the Illinois Green Party will be establishing local chapters in every county in Illinois this coming year -- and we'd love to have you involved.