Illinois Libertarian candidates win federal lawsuit against law making it illegal for medical marijuana groups to contribute to candidates

From Ballot Access News via LP.org blog:

On March 24, U.S. District Court Judge John Z. Lee, an Obama appointee, struck down a 2013 Illinois campaign finance law that makes it illegal for any medical cannabis cultivation center or dispensary organization to make a campaign contribution to a candidate for state or local office.… Read more ...

David Earl Williams III becomes first Illinois congressional candidate to endorse Gary Johnson

American Third Party Report: David Earl Williams III, an independent, officially qualified write-in candidate for Congress in Illinois’ 9th district and a former GOP candidate in the same district in 2014 (he received 14,158 votes, or 47.6% of the total, in the GOP primary running as a Ron Paul Republican), has become the first congressional candidate in Illinois to officially and publicly endorse Gary Johnson for president, via Dewforcongress.comRead more ...

Gary Johnson campaign opens Illinois Victory Center in Chicago (photos)

Originally published at American Third Party Report earlier today:

On August 20th, 2016, the Gary Johnson campaign opened an Illinois Victory Center at 2305 W Foster Ave in Chicago. The campaign held a housewarming party and open to the public to officiate the occasion.

Alex Braverman, a 61-year old immigrant born in Lithuania and a Johnson supporter who told ATPR that he was never before involved in the political process until this election, attended the event and provided ATPR with pictures.… Read more ...

Chad Koppie praises Darrell Castle in speech to the Illinois Center Right Coalition

Originally published at American Third Party Report on August 23rd, 2016:

Video of Chad Koppie’s full speech and an edited, condensed version of the audience Q&A that followed (Recorded by ATPR).

On August 20th, 2016, Chad Koppie, the Constitution Party’s U.S. Senate candidate in Illinois, delivered a speech to a meeting of the Illinois Center Right Coalition (ICRC) held in Niles Public Library.… Read more ...

David Earl Williams III, potential 2018 LP Illinois statwide candidate, interviewed by IPR

On August 20th, 2016, David Earl Williams III, a write-in candidates for Congress in Illinois’ 9th district, delivered a speech to a meeting of the Illinois Center Right Coalition at the Niles Public Library. Williams, whose 2014 GOP primary campaign in the same congressional district garnered 14,158 votes (47.6%) and received coverage from such media outlets as We Are Change and The Young Turks, is affiliated with the Libertarian Party of Illinois, and although he was an ardent supporter of Austin Petersen in the LP nomination process, Williams is committed to casting his vote for Gary Johnson in November, just as he did four years ago coming off the heels of his grassroots activism in support of Ron Paul.… Read more ...

Kent McMillen speaks to the Illinois Center Right Coalition

Kent McMillen, the Libertarian Party’s U.S. Senate candidate in Illinois, delivered a speech to a meeting of the Illinois Center Right Coalition yesterday at the Niles Public Library. McMillen answered questions from those in attendance after his speech. Beginning his address with an anecdote relating to the futility of people thinking they have only two “major party” choices in an election, he transitioned into discussing education, fiscal responsibility, social issues, gun rights, Social Security, his personal qualifications and which one of the high profile libertarians of the past influenced him the most in terms of libertarian ideas, as well as his views on other issues.… Read more ...

Green Party and Libertarian Party make Illinois ballot for president; challenge filed against Constitution Party petitions

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Green Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson

From Jill Stein’s campaign website, July 5th, 2016:

As of 5:00 pm CDT today it’s official. You WILL be able to vote for the Greater Good in Illinois.

On the ballot in Illinois for the November 8 election:

Jill Stein, Green Party U.S.

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Illinois Green Party Submits Petition to State to be Recognized as a “New Party”

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Photo: Illinois Green Party Facebook page

From Jill2016.com, June 27th, 2016:

Today, Monday, June 27, the Illinois Green Party will be submitting petitions to gain ballot access as a party and for candidates Jill Stein for President,William Kreml for Vice President,Scott Summers for US Senate, andTim Curtin for State Comptroller.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party: Summary of Executive Committee Meeting 6/22/16 – Ohio, Illinois, and Maine Ballot Access Issues

13177215_10154154527882726_5080032156295890667_nOn June 22, 2016, there was a Libertarian Party Executive Committee meeting to discuss the following issues:

  1. Increasing the Illinois encumbrance from $50,000 to $70,000.
  2. Authorizing the LNC to join as an amicus in the Ohio ballot access case.
  3. Potentially authorizing an encumbrance for Maine to support them getting voter registrations before the July 12 deadline.
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Independent Candidate Enters Race for U.S. House in Illinois

Map of Illinois’ 10th congressional district

From the Aquarian Agrarian:

Originally Written on March 27th, 2016

Edited on March 29th and 30th, 2016

Joseph Kopsick, a 29-year-old resident of Lake Bluff, is running as a New Party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. He will be fighting to represent Illinois’s 10th District, along with some other recognizable names.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party Executive Committee Meeting 3/7/16: Ballot Access Encumbrance for Illinois

Libertarian PartyOn March 7, 2016, there was a Libertarian Party Executive Committee meeting on the subject of ballot access encumbrance for Illinois.

Lex Green Chair of the Libertarian Party of Illinois and Krysta Walker Ballot Access Director of the Libertarian Party of Illinois were in attendance.

This petition drive would start three weeks from tomorrow (March 29, 2016) and would last for thirteen weeks (technically ninety days).… Read more ...