Illinois Greens: 2006 Gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney to announce 2010 plans; state convention coming up

Whitney for Governor
P.O. Box 3803, Carbondale, IL 62902

Media Contact:
Patrick Kelly

Campaign Manager:
Tanya Austin


Carbondale civil rights attorney and 2006 Green Party candidate for
Governor Rich Whitney will be making a major announcement regarding
his plans for 2010 at a series of press conferences to be held this
Wednesday and Thursday, as follows:


Chicago – 10:30 a.m.
Hilton Garden Inn – Ballroom
10 E. Grand Ave (at State)

Springfield – 3:30 p.m.
Blue Room (press room)
Illinois State Capitol


Carbondale – 1:30 p.m.
Carbondale Civic Center
200 South Illinois Avenue

In 2006, the Whitney/Julie Samuels Green Party ticket earned more than
361,000 votes, over 10 percent of the total, despite significant
obstacles facing any third party in Illinois as a result of its
restrictive ballot access laws.

That vote total gave the Green Party “established party” status, like
the Republican and Democratic Parties. As a result, the Green Party
held its first-ever primary in Illinois last year and ran a record
number of candidates in the general election, with a number of
candidates for state and county office winning respectable totals in
the teens, 20+ percent and even 30+ percent.

This year, the Illinois Green Party will continue to build on its past
success. The ILGP will be officially recognizing Green candidates for
statewide office for the 2010 primary at its upcoming Membership
Meeting, July 17-19, in Champaign. For more information on the ILGP
or about the meeting, visit or contact Phil Huckelberry,
Illinois Green Party Chair, at 309-268-9974.

13 thoughts on “Illinois Greens: 2006 Gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney to announce 2010 plans; state convention coming up

  1. Robert Milnes

    Right, unless they really don’t know what they are doing & don’t realize how stupid they will look by not inviting me. Esp. if a couple of months from now some GP or LP candidate actually announces support for the strategy. Then the candidate will have to buck the party/s to try to win or just go along with the party like a lemming. Lemming losers.

  2. Robert Milnes

    P.O., oh, that’s me.///Peter Orvetti, that is a very good question. I have considered that. & I do have until about the 22nd to wait & then go myself. How about if I make contingency arrangements, like gas money in a credit card & put more Fix-A-Flat in my spare, just in case?

  3. Anonymous Green


    Your strategy is silly. “I seek a woman Libertarian candidate for Vice-President to form a ‘hybrid’ ticket. This ticket should combine the Green and Libertarian votes into one ‘Progressive Alliance’ vote…” I am a member of the Green Party not because I seek representation from outside of the two-party system (whoever it may happen to be), I am a member of the Green Party because I believe in Green Party values, not Libertarian Party values. To be honest, I would prefer a Democrat or Republican over a Libertarian representative.

    I think the vast, vast majority of the Green Party members in the country are Greens because they believe in Green Party values, not just because they don’t want to be in a major party. That’s what “Independent” is for.

    Refusing to embrace a Libertarian for Vice-President of the United States is not factionalization, it is an expression of my values. I bet Libertarians who have fundamental disagreements with much of the Green Party platform would say the same thing. It might take us longer to build our forces separately, but they are separate for a reason, and I’m willing to stick it out to not have to vote for someone who doesn’t represent my values, which was the whole point of joining the Green Party in the first place.

  4. Robert Milnes

    In keeping with the Big Bang Theory, the words “fusion ticket” is preferable over “hybrid ticket”. Well then vote Democrat & be a hypocrite or vote Green & lose, loser.

  5. Robert Milnes

    Anonymous Green, Then you are going to be stuck with a President AND Vice President who do not represent your values. For the rest of your life & your childrens’ children.

  6. Robert Milnes

    Actually I originally thought libertarians had horns & hoofs. Flinched first time I shook one’s hand at a Convention. But they turned out to be fairly regular people. Not monsters or space pods….Really!

  7. Dave Schwab

    Rich Whitney is going to stomp out the establishment parties like a flaming bag of poo.

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