Illinois Greens Endorse Chicago Teachers Union in Fight Over Distance Learning

The Illinois Green Party has released a statement stressing that the party “wholeheartedly supports the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) in its struggle with the Chicago Public Schools over in-person learning and school safety.”

Chicago students recently returned to class following a CTU walkout that flared tensions between the labor union and the city’s Democratic mayor.… Read more ...

Time Capsule: Conservatives Reject Chuck Percy, Back Libertarian in ’84 Illinois Senate Race

Rejecting Republican Sen. Charles H. Percy of Illinois as a “partisan Democrat in Republican’s clothing,’“ a group of nationally-recognized conservative leaders endorsed the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate on this weekend in 1984.

Too often, they believed, Percy had voted with liberal Democrats.

Percy described the move as a ”pretty transparent” maneuver to insure his defeat so that Republican conservatives could install Senator Jesse Helms, an arch-conservative Republican of North Carolina, as chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee — a post held by Percy in the Republican-controlled Senate since 1981 when he succeeded Idaho’s Frank Church.… Read more ...

Former LNC Chair William Redpath Enters Race for U.S. Senate in Illinois

Former Libertarian National Committee chairman Bill Redpath is running for U.S. Senate in Illinois. He will be challenging the re-election bid of Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth, who is seeking to win a second term.

Redpath has long been a fixture in party leadership, serving in a variety of positions with both the LNC and the Libertarian Party of Virginia.… Read more ...

Ballot access victory in Illinois for Greens and Libertarians

  • If a minor party was on the ballot in either 2016 or 2018 for an office that is up in 2020, then it is automatically on the ballot for those same offices in 2020

On April 21, U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, a Clinton appointee, orally described substantial relief she intends to order for minor party and independent candidates for the Illinois 2020 election.… Read more ...

Illinois Green Party: We’re looking for the right person

  • Help Wanted: Candidate to Run for U.S. Senate!

  • The Illinois Green Party is looking for a well-qualified candidate to run for U.S. Senate in 2020.

Instead of waiting for someone to come to us and then seeing if that person is a good fit, we have decided to set out our qualifications first, and then see if you, or anyone you know, would like to apply for the role.… Read more ...

2019 Illinois Green Party Spring Convention

The Green Party is needed today more than ever. With both parties currently in power answering to big money special interests, only a party that rejects all big money special interest donations and stands for the 99% can help restore true democratic government in America.

The Illinois Green Party holds two Membership Meetings each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.… Read more ...

Illinois Green Party: Support Senate Bill 141

The United States takes pride in calling itself a “democratic” republic, with “free and fair elections.” Yet Illinois election laws are fixed to give a huge advantage to the candidates of just two political parties, stifling all other competition. Such a system cannot justly be described as “democratic” or “free and fair.”

Read more ... State Journal-Register endorses Libertarian Steve Dutner for Illinois secretary of state

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Steve Dutner, the 2018 Libertarian candidate for secretary of state in Illinois

Illinois Libertarian Steve Dutner won the endorsement of the State Journal-Register, the daily newspaper of Springfield, the state capital. From the paper’s Oct. 17 editorial, “Endorsement: Steve Dutner for Secretary of State”:

There is no doubt that the Illinois Secretary of State’s office is run better now than it was prior to Jesse White taking the helm.… Read more ...

Libertarian and Conservative candidates participate in Illinois gubernatorial debate

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From Heartland Newsfeed/Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network via NBC Chicago:

Illinois gubernatorial forum from last night featuring Libertarian candidate Kash Jackson and Conservative candidate Sen. Sam McCann alongside Democratic candidate JB Pritzker and Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner.… Read more ...

Libertarian Candidate for Treasurer of Illinois Talks Challenges of Race

From Central Illinois Proud:

PEORIA, Ill – A Libertarian is looking to not only oust the incumbent treasurer, but stop a Republican from capturing the seat.

Mike Leheney is aware of the challenge of being a third-party candidate, but believes he has a more likely path to election than some of his ticket-mates.… Read more ...