As reported by Ballot Access News and the Associated Press, Rob Sherman, former chairman of the Green Party of Cook County (Illinois) and frequent Green Party candidate for public office, died in a plane crash over the weekend.
The McHenry County Coroner confirmed Sherman died after crashing his small plane into a cornfield on either Friday or Saturday. He was the only person on-board. An investigation of the crash has commenced.
Sherman is best remembered on IPR for his challenges to third party presidential petitions in 2012 and 2016, preventing the Constitution and Socialist parties, among others, from appearing on the Illinois ballot in both elections.
The Green Party of Illinois published a tribute, highlighting Sherman’s activism for Atheist causes.