Seven out of eleven Illinois Green Party 2017 endorsed candidates across the state from McHenry County to Carbondale won their April 4, 2017 races! Three of the winning candidates finished first and two finished second. The Illinois Green Party continues our trend of winning the majority of our campaigns for local offices.
Congratulations to all of the candidates and their volunteers for a tremendous effort and these inspiring results!
Here are the per race details:
- Jessica Bradshaw for Carbondale City Councilperson – Incumbent – ELECTED – 1,037 votes (24.39%) – finished 2nd in a 4 person race for 3 seats
- Don Crawford for St. Elmo Library Board Trustee – Incumbent – ELECTED – 494 votes (70%) – finished 1st in a 3 person race for 2 seats
- Steve De La Rosa for Villa Park Library District Trustee – ELECTED – 2,026 votes (24.65%) – finished 3rd in a 4 person race for 4 seats – only 3 votes short of 2nd place
- Michael Drennan for Ridgeville Park Board Commissioner – Incumbent - Defeated – 902 votes (25.03%) – finished 2nd in a 3 person race for 1 seat
- Charlie Howe for Carbondale Township Trustee – Defeated – 887 votes (16.74%) - finished 5th in a 5 person race for 4 seats
- Russ Kramer for Carbondale Township Highway Commissioner – Defeated – 681 votes (35.84%) - finished 2nd in a 2 person race for 1 seat
- Bruce Samuels for Oak Park Library Trustee – Incumbent - Defeated - 2,390 votes (7.63%) – finished 6th in a 10 person race for 4 seats
- Holly Scholz for Fox Valley Park District Commissioner, District 3 – ELECTED – 2,874 votes (35.67%) – finished 1st in a 4 person race for 2 seats
- Gary Shepherd for Carbondale Elementary School Board Member, District 95 – ELECTED – 700 votes (12.33%) – finished 4th in a 8 person race for 4 seats
- Scott Summers for McHenry County Regional Board of School Trustees – ELECTED - 15,807 votes (49.03%) – finished 2nd in a 2 person race for 2 seats
- Kyle Taylor for Kane County Regional Board of School Trustees, St. Charles Township – ELECTED – 24,506 votes (65.37%) – finished 1st in a 1 person race for 1 seat
The Illinois Green Party urges all its members to speak out in support of Illinois Senate Bill 0063, an electoral fairness bill that would require the same number of ballot access petition signatures from all candidates in a given election.
Currently, under Illinois law, members of the Democratic and Republican parties must submit a certain number of petition signatures to be listed on ballots as candidates, while independents and members of other parties must submit a substantially larger number of signatures to be listed as candidates for the same office.
The Green Party's full statement, below, urges all Green Party members and supporters of democratic fairness to contact the Senators currently preventing the bill from coming to a Senate vote:Read more
Zerlina Smith Becomes First Black Woman Chair of Any Illinois Party
On Saturday, March 25th, the membership of the Illinois Green Party at their statewide Membership Meeting elected Zerlina Smith as party Chair. Ms. Smith will be the first Black woman to lead the Illinois Green Party, and the first Black chairperson of any established political party in the state of Illinois.
"This is the face of the Green Party right now," said Ms. Smith, immediately following her election. "This is a vibrant, diverse, and growing party, with people from all walks of life and all colors of skin."
A longtime resident of Chicago's Austin neighborhood, Ms. Smith's extensive activist résumé includes service as a school board member, the founding of neighborhood non-profit Increase the Harvest, and a run for Alderman in the 29th Ward in 2015. Ms. Smith served as the Illinois State Coordinator for the Stein/Baraka 2016 Presidential campaign.Read more
A new, portable design for solar-powered water pumps is enabling emissions-free farming in developing countries.
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.
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.
Illinois Green Party member Rob Sherman, 63, of Poplar Grove, died in a tragic plane crash on Friday, December 9th. A small aircraft enthusiast, Sherman was piloting his home-built single-engine aircraft en route to an event in Schaumburg when it went down. The Illinois Green Party extends its condolences and sympathy to his family.
Sherman was nationally known as a proponent of atheism and ardent defender of the First Amendment wall of separation between church and state. He first achieved prominence in 1986 by suing the city of Zion to remove a cross from its municipal seal. He was once arrested for demonstrating when the Calumet Expressway was rechristened the Bishop Ford Freeway. In the late 1980s, on behalf of his son, he challenged an Illinois law requiring the recitation of the pledge of allegiance, and its expression, "one nation under God," in public schools. In 2007, on behalf of his daughter Dawn, he challenged another Illinois law mandating a "moment of silence" in public schools. He filed a number of other legal actions that exposed and challenged state appropriations and laws that promoted religion. He appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and his efforts frequently received national attention.
Sherman joined the Illinois Green Party in 2007, and he ran for Congress in the 5th Congressional District as a Green in 2016, winning 4.6 percent of the vote. His staunch defense of civil liberties was compatible with the party’s views and were welcome within the party. To be candid, his views on other subjects were not always as well received and were the source of occasional controversy. However, it is fair to say that most party members recognized him as a resolute and relentless advocate of his point of view, and many appreciated his knowledgeable understanding of the sometimes arcane legislative process in Springfield. He also deserves credit for exposing, and calling some attention to, Governor Bruce Rauner’s flagrant violations of the Gender Balanced Appointments Act, which requires that appointments to boards, commissions, committees and councils of the State "shall be gender balanced to the extent possible."
At a time when some political forces in America continue to try to define the United States as a "Christian" nation, and seek to use government resources to promote or impose their religious beliefs on others, we would do well to remember Rob Sherman’s example as a fierce defender of the First Amendment’s protections against the state establishment of religion.
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