Illinois voters who want a third option will find it in the Libertarian Party. A Sangamon County judge would not overturn a State Board of Elections ruling that the party's nominating petitions are valid, thus putting the Libertarian slate on the November ballot. “It just shows how desperate the Republicans were to try to get us off the ballot,” said Lex Green, the party's Illinois chairman.
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Green is hoping Chad Grimm can pull at least 5 percent of the vote so its petitioning requirements can match those of the Republicans and Democrats: 5,000 signatures, as opposed to the 25,000 necessary for “non-established” parties. Grimm is running for governor. The party's statewide slate includes a U. S. Senate candidate, Sharon Hansen. Illinois Greens and Constitutionals are off the ballot, as ruled by the election board last month.