What are the advantages of Membership?
The Illinois Green Party is deeply committed to grassroots democracy. The Membership is the highest voting body within the party structure.
As a Member, you are entitled to:
- - Nominate and vote for candidates in ILGP officer elections
- - Vote on the recognition and endorsement of ILGP candidates
- - Submit and vote on changes to the ILGP Platform and Bylaws
- - Join in the founding of new local Chapters of the ILGP
- - Join and vote in local Chapters of the ILGP (unless otherwise provided by local Bylaws)
- - Join, lead, or found Committees of the ILGP, and vote on Committee decisions (unless otherwise provided by Committee rules)
Note that some Membership privileges have tenure requirements--for example, Membership of at least one year is required to run for election to the ILGP Executive Committee.
How do I join the Illinois Green Party?
Any resident of the state of Illinois 13 years of age or older may become a Member of the Illinois Green Party by filling out and submitting the webform at ILGP.org/join. If you are unable to access the webform, a paper registration may be sent to:
Illinois Green Party Secretary
213 S Wheaton Ave
Wheaton, IL 60187
Membership is automatic upon completion of the webform, or upon receipt by the ILGP of a paper registration. The date on which the webform was submitted, or the date on which the paper registration was received, shall be the start date of the Member's tenure with the Illinois Green Party.
What information is required for Membership?
Your first name, last name, and residential address are required. (Homeless individuals may, as described under Illinois voter registration law, list the name of any location where they can receive mail, such as a relative's house, a shelter with a mail drop program, or a PO Box.)
Email and phone number contact information is not required for Membership, but is strongly recommended, so that Members can be made aware of upcoming party meetings, votes, and other opportunities.
Does joining the ILGP affect my Illinois voter status?
No. Membership is an internal function of the Illinois Green Party, and is separate from your state voter registration. Your registration as an Illinois voter does not have a partisan affiliation.
Illinois uses a semi-open primary system, in which any registered voter may request one ballot for each primary election cycle, from whichever party that voter chooses. Any registration, membership, or other agreements made with political parties as private entities does not affect an Illinois voter's ability to cast a ballot in the primary of their choosing each cycle.
Do I have to renew my membership yearly?
No. Membership renews automatically. Once registered, a Member remains a Member until removed by their own request or by the terms of the ILGP Bylaws.
Do I have to pay dues as an ILGP Member?
The ILGP does not currently require dues. However, a small recurring donation as a Monthly Sustainer is strongly encouraged of all Members.
The Illinois Green Party does not take corporate donations, allowing it to truly represent the citizens of Illinois. Member donations as small as $5, $10, or $20 per month make an enormous difference in the party's capacity for electoral work.