July 13, 2008
The South Central Illinois Green Party is proud
its nominee for President of the United States:
Ms. McKinney is a former Congresswoman from
serving from 1993 to 2003 and 2005 to 2007.
She will appear on the November general
along with many other Green Party candidates in various districts in Illinois.
(See the Illinois Green Party website, shown above, for more details)
July 6, 2008
(11/19/32 - 7/4/08)
Vic was the Green Party's candidate for
Congress in the 19th Congressional District.
He won the party's primary in February.
He will be missed.
Rich Whitney described Vic as
"a staunch advocate for the Green Party and long-time advocate for working people."
He had integrity.
The South Central Illinois Green Party extends
to Carolyn Roberts and the other members of Vic's family.
We are very proud of the clean campaigns run by the ILGP
ILGP gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney received 10+% of the vote in November 2006.
(It is apparent that he would have made the best Governor for our state.)
As a result the ILGP is considered to be an "established party" under state law.
That means that the ILGP is looking for progressive citizens
to build the ILGP into a force for positive political change.
For the first time in Illinois history,
the Green Party had a statewide Primary Election ballot.
Next, Green Party candidates will appear on the November General Election ballot.
To learn about the Green Party candidates
appearing on the Illinois ballot,
please visit the Illinois Green Party website.
You still have time to register to vote in the General Election.
You'll need to go to your county clerk's office.
Requirements: Be a U.S. citizen, age 18 or older, and
a resident of your current address for at least 30 days.
Bring a photo ID (such as a driver's license) and
proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill).
VOTE GREEN PARTY
THE GREEN PARTY ACCEPTS NO DONATIONS FROM CORPORATIONS.
The U.S. Congressional Representative for our district, John Shimkus (R), recently told the Springfield Journal-Register that in his opinion the best form of government is a constitutional monarchy.
“When I taught government and history,” Shimkus added, “by
definition, what is the best form of government, the most simple, is a
compassionate monarchy - a monarchy that loves and respects its citizens and …
is able to make easy decisions without the weight of a bureaucracy we’d have to
Springfield Journal-Register online, 7/3/07
This is the politician who, when first elected in 1996,
promised to serve no more than 12 years. Well, he's had his 12 years, but,
breaking his promise, he is running again.
And we are on our way to a monarchy; we already have an oligarchy.
In the 2006 General Election,
the Illinois Green Party had a slate of statewide candidates for Illinois constitutional officers,
for the first time in history.
A great slate of candidates:
For Governor, Rich Whitney, of Carbondale
For Lieutenant Governor, Julie Samuels, of Oak Park
For Attorney General, David Black, of Rockford
For Secretary of State, Erika Schafer, of Peoria
For Treasurer, Dan Rodriguez-Schlorff, of Chicago
For Comptroller, Alicia Snyder, of Centralia
For more info, see
To learn more about other political campaigns and
check out the Elections page and click on the links hyperlink in the left pane.
Social Justice Gender Equity and Cooperative Value
Grassroots Democracy Respect for Diversity
Nonviolence Personal and Global Responsibility
Decentralization Future Focus and Sustainability
WHY SHOULD YOU SUPPORT THE GREEN PARTY?
Grassroots Democracy: The Green Party accepts NO contributions from corporations.
Nonviolence: The Green Party opposes the war on and occupation of Iraq.
Social Justice, Respect for Diversity: The Green Party supports equal rights for the GLBT community.
Click here for more reasons to support Greens rather than Democrats or Republicans.
War is not the answer.
BRING THE TROOPS HOME, NOW.
The Green Party still opposes the war on and occupation of Iraq.
"Terrorism is the war of the poor,
and war is the terrorism of the rich."
Sir Peter Ustinov, quoted by David E. Christensen, in "Healing the World".
for the election of November 2006:
RICH WHITNEY, Illinois Green Party candidate for Governor (www.whitneyforgovernor.org).
Read one endorsement here:
One of the other statewide Green Party candidates is one of our own:
Illinois Green Party candidate
She is an SCIGP & ILGP member and lives in Centralia and works in Mt. Vernon.
posted September 15, 2005
AN AIR FORCE STUDY LINKS TYPE II DIABETES TO DIOXIN EXPOSURE
On July 8, 2005, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that
a new study provides the strongest evidence yet that Agent Orange is associated
with adult-onset diabetes.
It's the third and final report for a 20-year study on long-term health issues related to the herbicide's use.
The Air Force Health Study compiled results of the 2002 physical examination of 1,951 veterans.
posted August 16, 2005
BIG PHONE COMPANIES' PUSH FOR HIGHER RATES STALLS IN HOUSE
The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) reports that Senate Bill 1700
has died in a House committee.
CUB is the organization that fights on behalf of citizens against utility companies
SB 1700 would have led to higher telephone rates.
Senator Frank C. Watson voted on the side of the utility companies.
Senator John O. Jones voted "Present".
posted August 6, 2005
BAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS
It was 60 years ago today that the United States dropped the
first atom bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
About 80,000 people died as a result of the impact and explosion, and
another 60,000 died later that year due to radiation poisoning.
The City of Hiroshima estimates that as of August 6, 2004,
the cumulative death toll of atomic-bomb victims was 237,062.
See www.democracynow.org for Friday, August 5, 2005.
The Green Party opposes all research, testing, production and deployment of nuclear weapons of any size, in any manner and place, on moral grounds and also on the grounds of its contamination of the environment, production of radioactive and toxic waste, and direct connection to the nuclear power and food irradiation industries.
In Iraq, the U.S. military has been using depleted uranium, which is,
contrary to the impression given by its name, very highly radioactive. It cannot be cleaned up.
The U.S. military and other government agencies know about the health hazards of depleted uranium,
but they overlook it because it helps them win battles and because it uses the leftover toxic and radioactive uranium waste, after uranium ore is enriched, for nuclear reactor fuel and nuclear bombs.
Depleted-uranium-hardened weapons, called "weapons of indiscriminate destruction", is forbidden by the same part of the Geneva Convention that forbids the use of "weapons of mass destruction."
DU munitions will lethally contaminate the combat zone for thousands of years.
And DU weapons are currently being made in Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge in Marion.
Learn more: http://www.geocities.com/shawneegreen/DUIntro.html
posted July 31, 2005
The Exxpose Exxon campaign:
"A group of environmental and social justice organizations have launched a coordinated campaign in protest of petroleum giant ExxonMobil's efforts to cast doubts on the science of global warming and attempts to lobby for opening the still-pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling."
The organizations calling for this boycott are the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, MoveOn.org, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Alaska Wilderness League, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Physicians for Social Responsibility, The Ocean Conservancy, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
membership meeting the ILGP elected officers to two-year terms and
made bylaws changes, including adopting choice voting--a form of instant runoff voting--for its officers.
Click here for the minutes of the membership meeting.
posted August 16, 2005
FOURTH ANNUAL RENEWABLE ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE LIVING FAIR
The ILGP tabled at this fair, held in Oregon, Illinois, this
For anyone interested in solar power, wind power, hybrid vehicles,
and other ecologically wise ideas, this was the place to be.
Mark your calendars for next year's fair.
membership meeting, the ILGP elected officers to two-year terms and
conducted workshops on electoral politics.
Click here to see the press release of May 2, 2005.
Illinois Green Party candidates for
8th, 88th, and 115th State Representative,
Champaign County Board,
Union County State's Attorney, and
Fayette County Board
established their districts.
In the primary elections of 2006,
over 150,000 voters in the state will be able to choose a Green primary ballot in
these districts. Under state law, a voter will be able to choose a
hybrid ballot with a Green primary ballot for County Board and a
Democratic, Republican, or Independent ballot for every other race.
for the first time in history,
a Green Party primary ballot was available in Illinois.
In various parts of the state,
the Illinois Green Party will also run candidates for
county board, and school board.
In December 2003,
the number of people registered to vote in the Green Party nationwide
passed 300,000 for the first time.