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Illinois Green Party Implements a Dues Based Membership System

From its inception in 1999, the Illinois Green Party, like the national party, has always prided itself in refusing any and all corporate money.  This core value, which separates Greens from the two corporate-sponsored parties, is due in part to the Ten Key Values on which our party is based The Green Party and its candidates will never “sell out” the people or planet, because we cannot be bought.

As a state party, we are committed to building an Illinois that will end all forms of discrimination and oppression, provide quality healthcare for all, full access to quality education by all, a living wage for all workers, and a transition to a ecologically sustainable society.  Because of our commitment to people powered politics, we have to rely on our supporters to spread our message and grow a truly alternative political power in Illinois. We have tried various methods of fundraising, with varying degrees of success, but the present donation model is not sustaining basic party infrastructure as was hoped. Many of you receiving this message have donated in the past, and we are very thankful for that support. At a recent Membership Meeting, the party decided that the time has come to turn back to a tried-and-true method of fundraising that working-class organizations have used for generations: Asking all members to pay dues, as a duty and responsibility of membership.

Dues are a fair method of sharing the financial burden. As a member of the Green Party, you have the right to participate in its deliberations, reach consensus or cast a vote on the decisions of a democratic organization, represent yourself to the public or in other groups as a Green and perhaps run for office as a Green. You can have pride in belonging to a principled political party that is genuinely trying to build a better world.  

But with rights come responsibilities. And we are asking you, right now, to please make a modest financial commitment – and put your money where your values are.

Effective January 1st, 2019, to be considered a member of the Illinois Green Party, with all of the rights of membership, you will need to start paying dues. The membership strove to ensure that the base level of dues remained reasonable and accessible. The standard dues rate is $60 a year. If you are a low-income person, such that $60 would present a real hardship, you can elect to pay our low-income rate of just $12 a year. On the other hand, if you are earning enough money that you can help out a little more, we ask you to consider being a sponsoring member by paying at least $120 a year, or at least $10 a month. (Due to the fees charged for online donations, we request that those paying online pay by the month only if your monthly donation is $10 or greater.)

Please help build a stronger, more effective Illinois Green Party by paying your dues right away. You can pay online, at the annual or monthly rate, on our website. If you would prefer paying by check, you can remit your payment to the “Illinois Green Party” by sending it to: 213 S. Wheaton Ave. Wheaton, IL 60187.  

If you have any questions about our new dues-based membership system, you can send your questions to “chair@ilgp.org.” Thank you for re-committing yourself to the one and only political party that can actually build a healthy, life-affirming, democratic society.

For a better future,

The Illinois Green Party

IL Green Party Election Results

ILGP_sunflower.pngCongratulations to all of the Illinois Green Party 2018 General Election candidates and their teams for their inspiring, thoughtful, and intelligent campaigns that were fought hard with integrity!


Note that the election authorities are still counting absentee and provisional ballots and that the official canvass of the votes will not be completed for several weeks. Here's the unofficial results:

  • - Randy Auxier for Congress (IL-12) - per the Chicago Tribune with 100% of the precincts reporting.  Randy finished third of 3 candidates running for 1 seat. Mr. Auxier received 7,823 votes (3.0%).

  • - Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago - per the Chicago Sun-Times with 98.47% of precincts reporting

    • + For 6 year term - 8 candidates running for 3 seats

      • - Chris Anthony - finished in 6th place receiving 162,423 votes (4.5%)
      • - Karen Roothan - finished in 7th place receiving 160,860 votes (4.4%)
      • - Tammie Felicia Vinson - finished in 8th place receiving 137,548 votes (3.8%)

    • + For 2 year term - 2 candidates running for 1 seat

      • - Rachel Wales - finished in 2nd place receiving 329,410 votes (23.0%)

    • + For Bradford vacancy - 2 candidates running for 1 seat

      • - Geoffrey Cubbage - finished in 2nd place receiving 299,873 votes (21.1%)

  • - Jackson County Board - per the Jackson County Clerk with 100% of precincts reporting

    • - Joshua Hellmann (District 3) finished third of 3 candidates running for 1 seat.  Joshua had 111 votes (3.88%).
    • - Rich Whitney (District 4) finished second of 2 candidates running for 1 seat.  Rich had 572 votes (23.89%).

Election Irregularity Reporting

Finally the 2018 General Election is here!  See our candidates page for a list of all our tremendous hard working Illinois Green Party candidates.

If you do encounter any election irregularities, we recommend that you send an email to secretary@ilgp.org with a subject line of "election irregularity".  Please include as much information as possible to allow us to follow up.

The following information would be very helpful:

  • - your name:
  • - your phone number:
  • - your home address where you are registered to vote:
  • - your township and precinct (in Chicago your ward and precinct):
  • - the date and time the incident occurred:
  • - the names of any election judges involved in the irregularity:
  • - the details concerning the irregularity:

You can also contact us at 773-809-4547 along with sending us an email.

Vote your values! Vote Green in 2018!

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 (secretary@ilgp.org) 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 secretary@ilgp.org 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 volunteer@ilgp.org

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2018
Illinois Green Party
Secretary@ILGP.org

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 http://gpus.org/other/platform-2017/criminalization-of-sex-work/

Individuals and organizations that wish to urge their state chapter of the Green Party to support the decriminalization proposal can find contact information at http://www.gp.org/state_parties, or contact secretary@ilgp.org for more resources and information about the ongoing campaign.

For questions or media requests, contact secretary@ilgp.org 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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2018
Illinois Green Party
Secretary@ILGP.org

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT ON VOTE SUPPRESSION IN COOK COUNTY (2018 PRIMARY ELECTION)

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 secretary@ilgp.org or call (773) 809-4547.

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VOTE SUPPRESSION ALERT - COOK COUNTY

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). 

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN THE GREEN PARTY PRIMARY IN SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY!

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.
 
DO NOT ALLOW POLL WORKERS TO DENY YOU A GREEN PARTY BALLOT!
 
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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