Highlights of Illinois Green Party November 2008 election
A total of 52 candidates ran for office on the Green Party ticket.
Ten candidates ran for U.S. Congress, received votes ranging from 6,654 to 22,309 with percentages ranging from 2.1 percent to 7.9 percent. †Jason Wallace received the most votes and Omar Lopez received the highest percentage.
Two candidates ran for State Senate: Tom Durkin, 12,640 votes at 19.2 percent of the vote with one opponent, and John Basco, 6.591 votes at 6.9 percent with two opponents.
Seven candidates ran for State Representative seat with one opponent; they received between 4,471 and 15,782 votes, with percentages between 14.5 percent and 33.3 percent. †Kevin O’Connor had both the highest vote total and percentage.
Nine candidates ran for State Representative with two opponents; they received between 803 and 3,388 votes with percentages between 2.8 percent and 10.1 percent. Rita Maniotis received the most votes and Heather Benno received the highest percentage.
Twenty-four candidates ran for various county offices; they received between 385 and 100,569 votes with percentages between 2.6 percent and 31.8 percent. Terrence Gilhooly, Recorder of Deeds, Cook County received the most votes and Mike Lehman, County Board, Champaign County received the highest percentage. ILGP had three strong candidates for County Board seats in Champaign County.
Let me add one more goal, one that I think is essential if we are to do what I believe to be the single most important thing we can do between now and the 2010 election. It is to identify people in the community who are prepared to contribute money for what I think we should advertise is the single most important thing that Illinois residents need and deserve, that being the having of three, not two, choices for the office of governor.
I have just sent Rich Whitney my pledge for $2,000. I have ideas where that should be spent but let’s postpone that question until later. Are there any people out there who are prepared to publicly commit to a certain figure of contribution for the office that a) gave us 10.36% of the vote in 2006, and b) keeps us an established party in Illinois? Again, I have started off with a $2,000 pledge. Follow me, at any level, and pledge to find other people in your neighborhood, at work, or wherever, who will pledge siimilarly. Be in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help coordinate what amounts to a “large donor” program for us.
In the late 1960’s my father, vice president for planning and development at Northwestern University, raised $169 million dollars in sixteen months for the doubling of the size of the Northwestern campus. Let us do something like that here.