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July 13, 2008

The South Central Illinois Green Party is proud to announce
its nominee for President of the United States:


Ms. McKinney is a former Congresswoman from Georgia (D),
serving from 1993 to 2003 and 2005 to 2007.

She will appear on the November general election ballot,
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 its condolences
 to Carolyn Roberts and the other members of Vic's family.

Spring 2008

We are very proud of the clean campaigns run by the ILGP candidates.
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).




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 fund.”
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 candidates,
check out the Elections page and click on the links hyperlink in the left pane.

The Green Party is based on Ten Key Values:

Ecological Wisdom                 Community-based Economics
         Social Justice            Gender Equity and Cooperative Value
Grassroots Democracy                  Respect for Diversity            
        Nonviolence               Personal and Global Responsibility  
  Decentralization              Future Focus and Sustainability


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.


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 (

Read one endorsement here:

One of the other statewide Green Party candidates is one of our own:


Illinois Green Party candidate for Comptroller.
She is an SCIGP & ILGP member and lives in Centralia and works in Mt. Vernon.



posted September 15, 2005


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


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


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 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.

Depleted Uranium
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:

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,, 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.

April 30-May 1, 2005

At its 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.

ILGP bylaws (effective May 1, 2005)



posted August 16, 2005


The ILGP tabled at this fair, held in Oregon, Illinois, this past weekend.
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.

April 30-May 1, 2005

At its 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.

April 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. 

October 2004

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2004 Peace Prize to
Wangari Maathai
 for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.
The Kenyan Green Party founder will accept the Prize this year in Stockholm–
she is the first African women to win the prize, which is the first awarded to an environmentalist.

In 2004,
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
state representative,
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.

According to the GPUS newsletter,
out of 263 Green electoral candidates in 2003,
58 won their races.

For more information about the local chapter,
contact us at this cyberaddress:

or by snail mail:

P.O. Box 411, Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864