Illinois gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney outlined his economic policy platform to a group of students Monday in an effort to broaden the Green Party’s constituency.
Whitney’s presentation included the background of the Green Party movement as an international effort started in Europe in the 1970s. All Green Party chapters are bound to what they call the “Four Pillars”: ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy and nonviolence.
As Whitney pointed out, the Green Party does not accept corporate campaign contributions.
“American politics is dominated by big money from multinational corporations and banks,” Whitney said. “Is that healthy for a democratic republic?”
In proposing his policy for Illinois, Whitney evoked the preamble to the state’s Constitution, which, according to Whitney, guarantees a favorable educational and economic environment for all residents. He cited his goal not to simply reduce the unemployment rate but to create a full-employment economy.
Also included in his economic plan are a more progressive income tax, a financial transactions tax and the creation of a state bank.
Whitney’s educational plan calls for more dependence on state funding for public education, thus providing for property tax relief and tuition-free public institutions of higher education.
Before Whitney spoke, a Knox Advocates for Recycling and Environmental Support representative stressed that Whitney’s presence on campus does not represent a political endorsement.
For complete coverage of Whitney and all November 2 candidates for U.S. Senate, House, Illinois General Assembly and statewide office, see the TKS election supplement in the Oct. 28 issue.