SPRINGFIELD - The Libertarian Party submitted petitions Monday morning with the State Board of Elections to put a third candidate for governor on the November ballot. Chad Grimm of Peoria is running with A.J. Cummings for lieutenant governor.
"Illinois is in a fiscal disaster. The Republicans and Democrats have created a mess, but they have no solutions for a fix," the campaign's website says. The site lists these items as Grimm's priorities:
- Phase out government employee pensions that will actually put more money in their pockets
- Stop the income tax increases to expire in 2015, and work to eliminate state income tax altogether
- End Illinois' war on guns
- End Illinois' war on marijuana
In the 2010 governor's race, Democrat Pat Quinn won over Republican Bill Brady by less than one percent. Third party Independent candidate Scott Lee Cohen garnered 3.64 percent of the vote, a difference-making number for Quinn's ultimate victory.
Grimm said on a June 18 radio interview that on his first day as governor of Illinois, he would use gubernatorial powers to pardon those in prison for "victimless" crimes such as marijuana or gun possession.
"As long as they don't harm someone else, I don't care what people do when they go home at night to unwind," Grimm said.
Grimm said making marijuana legal in Illinois would drastically reduce violence on the streets, since a growing number of gun incidents are over drug possession.
The 33-year old said he wants to end Illinois income tax and has a plan to phase out public sector pensions.
Although Grimm has run for two other public offices, he has yet to meet the contribution threshold that would require him to file with the State Board of Elections.