Rich Whitney

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Rich Whitney
Former candidate for
Governor of Illinois
PartyGreen Party
ProfessionAttorney at Partner, Speir and Whitney
Rich Whitney iss an Illinois attorney and environmental activist. He ran for Governor of Illinois in 2010 on the Green Party ticket.[1]



See also: Illinois gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Whitney faced incumbent Pat Quinn (D), Bill Brady (R), Lex Green (L), and Scott Lee Cohen (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Governor and Lt. Governor of Illinois, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPat Quinn & Sheila Simon Incumbent 46.8% 1,745,219
     Republican Bill Brady & Jason Plummer 45.9% 1,713,385
     Independent Scott Lee Cohen & Baxter Swilley 3.6% 135,705
     Green Rich Whitney & Don Crawford 2.7% 100,756
     Libertarian Lex Green & Ed Ruthledge 0.9% 34,681
     None Write-in 0% 243
Total Votes 3,729,989

Race background

In late fall 2010, Whitney was trailing the GOP’s Bill Brady and incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in every statewide poll.[2]

The Chicago Sun Times reported that Whitney's name was spelled Whitey on ballots in 23 wards in Chicago, half of which are predominantly African-American areas[3].

Whitney held a press conference on October 13th to demand he be invited to appear in three debates that Gov. Quinn and GOP candidate Bill Brady were participating in. Video of the conference is here:


In 2010, Whitney said his candidacy for Governor represents a chance to break the two-party back and forth in Springfield.[4]

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