Run Local...Run Green! - 2019 ILGP Candidate Nomination Process

Ready for the 2019 elections yet?

It seems like a long way off, but the filing period for the 2019 municipal elections is coming up fast. Offices on the ballot in 2019 will include municipal positions (mayors, city council members, etc.), township offices, and local bodies like school, park, fire, and library districts. The exact offices on the ballot will differ from place to place. Some municipal elections are partisan (meaning that candidates are listed on the ballot as Green, Republican, Democrat, etc.), while others are not. 

The official election calendar kicks off with petitioning in August of 2018, and the Illinois Green Party nomination process for candidates who want to run as a Green (or with Green support in non-partisan elections) starts even sooner. Here are the dates you need to know:

  • April 16 - July 22, 2018: Window for prospective Green Party candidates to submit Candidate Questionnaires to the ILGP Secretary ( and arrange interviews with their local chapter (or the ILGP Executive Committee if there is no local chapter).

  • July 22, 2018: Final date for prospective Green Party candidates to secure recognition from their local Green Party Chapter (or the ILGP Executive Committee if there is no local chapter).

  • July 23-29, 2018: Online ballots of Green Party membership in districts. Candidates who received recognition from their local chapter (or the ILGP Executive Committee where there is no local chapter) will be placed on an online ballot available to all ILGP members in the relevant district. Elections will be conducted using Instant Runoff Voting, including a "None of the Remaining" option (or "None of the Above" in the case of single-candidate ballots). Winners of the online ballots will be official Green Party endorsed candidates.

Consolidated Primary Election

  • August 28, 2018: First day for 2019 candidates to begin circulating candidate petitions for the consolidated primary election.
  • November 19-26, 2018: Window to turn in 2019 candidate paperwork & petitions to the election authorities for the consolidated primary election.
  • February 26, 2019: Election Day (consolidated primary)

Consolidated General Election

  • September 18, 2018: First day for 2019 candidates to begin circulating candidate petitions for the consolidated general election.
  • December 10-17, 2018: Window to turn in 2019 candidate paperwork & petitions to the election authorities for the consolidated primary election.
  • April 2, 2019: Election Day (consolidated general)

If you're ready to run Green in 2019, email or sign up on our Run For Office page! We'll get in touch with more information on local elections in your area, and on how to secure recognition from your local chapter. 


Voices from Our Grassroots: Melanie

"Voices from Our Grassroots" is a series of essays by Illinois Green Party members, describing why they're a Green! If you'd like to submit an essay, please contact

It’s not easy being a Green.

No, it’s not easy rejecting corporate money. Clearly: because neither the Republicans nor the Democrats seem to be able to resist. Brewing for decades, and solidified by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling and the 2016 Presidential election of real estate baron Donald Trump, it is safe to say that American society is now a plutocracy. Controlled by a gang of wealthy bandits, we are increasingly being held hostage. As Greens, we know that corporate money has no place in a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

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Illinois Green Party Calls for Decriminalization of Sex Work in New Platform Amendment

April 6, 2018
Illinois Green Party

Illinois Green Party Adds Sex Work Decriminalization to State Platform; Urges National Party to Follow Suit

CHICAGO – At the Illinois Green Party (ILGP) 2018 Spring Convention held March 24-25 in Chicago, party membership unanimously approved new language in the state platform that calls for the decriminalization of voluntary sex work, and the treatment of sex workers as workers under existing labor laws. The official Platform will be updated accordingly.

"This was a common-sense change for us," said ILGP Secretary Geoffrey Cubbage. "Endorsing decriminalization brings the Illinois Green Party platform in line with the recommendations of major human rights groups, medical journals, and, most importantly, the vast majority of sex workers and sex-worker-led organizations."

Previously, the ILGP platform had contained no language specific to sex work. However, the national Green Party platform opposes sex work, classifying it as "violence against women" and calling for criminalization under the so-called "Nordic model." Cubbage said that the Illinois Green Party would continue to push for decriminalization language at the national level as well.

"The language in the national platform is very problematic," said Cubbage. "In the context of the recent SESTA/FOSTA votes, it's never been clearer that anti-sex-work laws only serve the continued erosion of privacy and civil rights. Instead of listening to moral crusaders and celebrities, our party needs to be listening to the people directly affected by these laws."

The Illinois Green Party, in co-sponsorship with five other state chapters and three of the party's national diversity/identity caucuses, introduced a proposal last year to change the national party platform language to a decriminalization stance on sex work. The measure will be up for a vote in late April/early May, and can be viewed online at

Individuals and organizations that wish to urge their state chapter of the Green Party to support the decriminalization proposal can find contact information at, or contact for more resources and information about the ongoing campaign.

For questions or media requests, contact or call (773) 809-4547.

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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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Cook County voters, be aware: the Illinois Green Party is an established party in Cook County, with a primary ballot for the March 20th election, and a valid write-in candidate (who will need 1,720 write-in votes to qualify for the November general ballot). 


However, the Cook County Clerk's office has not made paper ballots available. All Green Party votes must be cast on the touchscreen machines.

We have had multiple reports now of voters going to their polling place, asking for a Green Party ballot, and being told that those aren't available, and offered the choice of Democrat/Republican ballots instead. Other voters have asked for "the Green ballot," and been handed the paper version of the Democrat ballot, which has a green bar across the top of it. 
Voters from at least seven of Cook County's townships have reported being denied Green Party ballots by the poll workers, and told to select Democrat/Republican ballots instead.
If you are voting in suburban Cook County, you have a legal right to vote in the Green Party primary. Tell the poll workers that you want the touchscreen machine set up for the Green Party ballot. Do not accept any other party's ballot, or the nonpartisan ballot.
If you have any problems, or encounter any attempts to deny the availability of a Green Party ballot in suburban Cook County, please contact us at (773) 809-4547, and call the Cook County Clerk's Election Day ballot hotline at 312-603-0920.
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Illinois: You Can Vote Green, Right Now! Here's How.

Early voting has begun for the 2018 primary election in Illinois. The early voting window runs from March 5th to March 19th, the day before the March 20th Election Day.

Voters must choose a ballot at their polling place: Republican, Democrat, Green (where available), or nonpartisan. The nonpartisan ballot will have only referenda (ballot questions), without any individual candidates. 

Green Party Ballots Available

Illinois holds primary elections for "established parties." The Illinois Green Party is established in Cook County and the 12th Congressional District, which covers all of Alexander, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Monroe, Perry, Pulaski, Randolph, St. Clair, Union and Williamson counties, and part of Madison County.

In those areas, voters will be able to ask for a Green Party ballot during early voting and on Election Day, March 20th.

Voters cannot cast votes for Green Party candidates, including write-in votes, on any other party's ballot. Those votes will be discarded.

Green Party Turnout is Essential In Cook County!

In Cook County, a vacancy created by the death of Commissioner Timothy Bradford will be on primary ballots as a write-in-only primary, with no ballot-listed candidate names. (This is true on all party's ballots, not just the Green Party ballot.)

For a write-in candidate in a primary election to advance to the general election, a minimum number of votes must be met. In the "Vacancy of Bradford" election, that number is 1,720 votes.

That means we need 1,720 suburban Cook County voters to pull the Green Party ballot, and cast a write-in vote for the Green Party's registered write-in candidate, Geoffrey Cubbage.

If we do not receive at least 1,720 write-in votes for Geoffrey Cubbage from suburban Cook County voters, we will not have a candidate for that seat in the general election. 

For more information on the "Vacancy of Bradford" election, and detailed instructions on how to cast your write-in vote, please visit the "How to Vote" page on the Greens for MWRD campaign website

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Tired of "Lesser Evil" Candidates? Boycott Their Parties' Primaries.

Real talk for the Prairie State: it's hard to look down a Republican or Democrat primary ballot in Illinois and not find at least one race where the best option is "Oh God, anyone but them," and we all know it.

In a state where the only official record of a voter's partisan allegiance is their choice of primary ballot, that leaves a lot of voters nominally affiliated with parties within which they'd honestly rather not vote for most of the candidates, and are only pulling the ballot to influence one or two races that they actually care about.

There is a way out of the lousy-candidate trap, but it requires voters to take a brave stance: cast a vote that boycotts the primaries of both establishment parties in an active and recorded way, either by pulling an alternate party's ballot where it's available, or by pulling the nonpartisan, referenda-only ballot as a vote of "no confidence" in both the Democrat and Republican slates.

Voters in the 12th Congressional District (southern Illinois) and in nearly all of Cook County (the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago) will have the option of pulling a Green Party ballot this year, thanks to the party's work in gaining "established" status despite the significant barriers written into Illinois law. In those places, the party has candidates on the ballot, and in the case of the Water Reclamation District race needs at least 1,720 Cook County voters to pull the Green Party ballot and participate in the write-in-only primary set by the Cook County Clerk's office to fill a vacancy. 

In the rest of the state, voters can still ask for a nonpartisan ballot, which will feature only the statewide and local referenda questions, with no candidates of any party listed. Either option sends a clear message to both Democrats and Republicans: "No thank you; your candidates this year weren't good enough for me."

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Cook County's Secret Primary Election


The Unannounced Election

Cook County voters in the March 20th primary election are going to see something unusual on their ballots: an election with no candidates, just a blank ballot line and the option to cast a write-in vote. 

It will likely take most people by surprise, since the Cook County Clerk's office, the election authority for county-wide races in Cook County, has issued no public statements, voter notices, press releases, or other information regarding the ballot line.

Established political parties received notification of a special write-in-only primary via their central committees, less than a week before the filing deadline for write-in candidates and less than a month before the start of early voting. Other than that legally-mandated notification, the Clerk's office has been silent on the subject.

So, What's the Secret Election For?

The write-in-only ballot line is for a seat on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board of Commissioners, the nine-member elected body that oversees Cook County's billion-dollar, taxpayer-funded wastewater treatment and flood abatement agency.

For more than twenty years, the MWRD Board of Commissioners has been an all-Democrat body, and a functional rubber-stamp on all private contracts put before the Board for approval

Termed the "Unexpired 2-Year Term (Vacancy of Bradford)" on March 20th primary ballots, the write-in-only primary will determine which candidates are listed on the general election ballots in November for an open seat on the MWRD Board of Commissioners, left vacant by the December 2017 death of sitting Commissioner Timothy Bradford. 


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