Summary of Events: Illinois Green Party Spring Convention

On March 24-25, the Illinois Green Party hosted its Spring Convention in Chicago, IL.

Membership Meetings are the highest voting authority within the Illinois Green Party for statewide decisions, superseding Executive or Coordinating Committee decisions. That makes conventions a critical opportunity to set the party's directions, and to oversee the Bylaws and Platform of the Illinois Green Party.

Below is a summary of highlights from the two-day convention. Full minutes can be accessed here. 

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2018 Primary Election Unofficial IL Green Party Results as of March 23, 2018

8 out of 9 (89%) of Illinois Green Party 2018 endorsed candidates across the state from Cook to Jackson County advanced to the November 6, 2018 General Election as they ran unopposed in the March 21, 2018 Primary Election!

Regarding the one MWRD candidate that did not advance, Geoffrey Cubbage, further information is pending.

Congratulations to all of the candidates and their volunteers!

Here is a list of the Illinois Green Party candidates running in the Primary Election:

- Randy Auxier for Congress (IL-12)

- Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago

  • Chris Anthony (6-year term)
  • Karen Roothan (6-year term)
  • Tammie Vinson (6-year term)
  • Rachel Wales (2-year term, ballot listed)
  • Geoffrey Cubbage (2-year term, special write-in-only primary election)
- Joshua Hellmann for Jackson County Board, District 3

- Rich Whitney for Jackson County Board, District 4

Note that the Primary Election was for candidates running in "established" districts.  March 27th marks the beginning of petitioning, for Illinois Green Party candidates running in "unestablished" districts, to be on the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot.

Preliminary Statement: Vote Suppression in Cook County, 2018 Primary Election

March 20, 2018
Illinois Green Party


COOK COUNTY -- The Illinois Green Party strongly condemns the conduct of poll workers in Cook County during the 2018 primary elections.

Our party has been contacted by voters from over fifteen different polling locations, spanning at least nine of suburban Cook County's townships, who were told by Cook County poll workers that they could not vote in the Green Party primary, and that only Republican or Democrat ballots were available.

This is a flagrant disenfranchisement of voters who wished to participate in a legal, properly registered primary election. The Illinois Green Party is an established party with a registered write-in candidate within Cook County, and fully entitled to the same primary process as the Democrat and Republican parties. 

The conduct of poll workers in denying Green Party primary participation to Cook County voters is inexcusable. Whether it represents a lack of proper training or deliberate vote suppression on the part of the Cook County Clerk's office, the effect is the same: the disenfranchisement of voters whose first choice was to participate in the Green Party primary.

We will continue to reach out to our supporters, and to compile as complete and accurate a list as we can of those voters who wished to vote Green in the suburban precincts but were denied the opportunity to do so.

For questions or media requests, or to add your organization's voice to our statement in support of fair, open elections, contact or call (773) 809-4547.

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