Green Party Candidate Wants Invite to Debate

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Green Party's candidate for governor isn't happy that he's being excluded from a debate in Chicago.

Rich Whitney protested outside the Union League Club of Chicago where Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican state Sen. Bill Brady were set to debate Wednesday.

Whitney says he's earned a spot at the debate because of his performance in the 2006 election. That year, he got 10 percent of the vote and the Green Party became an "established" party in Illinois.

The private club, however, says Whitney isn't polling high enough to be included in its event this year.

Whitney says every candidate on the Nov. 2 ballot should have been allowed to debate, including independent Scott Lee Cohen and Libertarian Lex Green.


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