Illinois third-party candidates have no easy time

Posted Online: July 18, 2014, 1:39 pm
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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Chad Grimm of Peoria is the Libertarian candidate for governor. But he's not campaigning so much as defending his right to appear on the November ballot.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that Grimm and Peoria's Sheldon Schafer the Green Party candidate for secretary of state are criticizing the hoops that outside candidates have to jump through in Illinois to challenge entrenched Democrats and Republicans.

Outsiders need 25,000 valid signatures to appear on the ballot five times what traditional parties need.

Democratic and GOP activists are challenging the candidates' petitions.

Grimm says challenges stymie fundraising, take time off the campaign trail and wear down upstart candidates.

Schafer says independent candidacies are more important than ever because of voter dissatisfaction with the status quo.


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  Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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