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Illinois Greens Face Another Setback

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A Green Party congressional candidate from downstate Illinois died over the weekend.

Over the weekend, the Illinois Green Party put out a written statement saying 75-year-old Congressional candidate Vic Roberts died in his sleep. He was a retired coal miner from Taylorville, Illinois. State law allows the party to name a replacement on the November ballot, but it has to be done by the end of August.

Roberts’ death comes in a historic year for the Illinois Green Party. It’s the first big election since the party was verified by the state. But this election has been hampered by a number of bad turns for the third party.

Not even a month ago, the Democratic Party successfully got some Green candidates booted from the November ballot. Later this week, Chicago will host the Green Party’s national political convention.

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