On Monday June 27th, I was in Springfield with several Greens to file our nominating petitions. Thanks to the tireless work of so very many people, our petition drive went off the charts: approximately 53,000 signatures! (Illinois election laws for independents and new parties running statewide are among the most daunting in the nation: 25,000 valid signatures in just ninety days. Democrats and Republicans need only file between 5,000 and 10,000.) So — on to the campaign, and on to November!