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.