The DuPage County Green Party (DCGP) is a political party whose goal is to support candidates for political office that will bring economic, social, racial, environmental and democratic justice to all of the people of DuPage County.
Formed in 2002, the DCGP is the county’s only political party that places voluntary limits on its fundraising by not accepting big money special interest donations.
An affiliated local of the Illinois Green Party, the DuPage Greens are 100% people-powered, relying on volunteerism and small contributions to fuel its mission of making government more fair, accountable, efficient and productive for all members of the community.
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We are located in the Two Thirteen Building, Suite 102B, which is at 213 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton, Illinois, just two blocks south east of the Wheaton Metra station (402 W. Front St.) on the Union Pacific / West Line. Our phone number is (630) 510-8500 x110.
In 2006, the DuPage Greens supported the gubernatorial candidacy of Rich Whitney, who earned over 10% of the vote in the county — amazingly successful for a candidacy that was essentially limited to two months of campaigning by our Democratic Party opponents.
Building on the success of the Whitney campaign, the DCGP held its first ever primary and ran a number of candidates for the 2008 general election, including our first ever candidates for U.S. Congress, State Senate, State Representative, and County Board. In the DuPage County area, Steve Alesch ran for Congress in the 13th Congressional District. Many of our candidates repeated Whitney’s success by exceeding expectations.
In 2009, the DuPage Greens ran one candidate in the off-year elections: Steve Alesch, for Winfield Township Trustee. There were 6 candidates competing for 4 open seats. Alesch came in sixth, but nonetheless picked up votes from a high percentage of voters (25%).
In June 2009, we launched the Social Justice in DuPage Series, which over the subsequent years has focused on a range of issues affecting our community, such as civil unions/equal marriage, single payer health care, the Illinois education meltdown, poverty and homelessness in DuPage County, and red light cameras vs. civil liberties. Later forums were held on the subjects of community gardens, edible forests, the health benefits of a plant based diet and how a plant based diet can help stop global warming.
Participation in the 2010 primary demonstrated the steady growth of the party in DuPage County. The party also supported a slate of statewide candidates topped by LeAlan Jones for U.S. Senate and Rich Whitney for Governor. We also supported Bob Mueller for State Representative, 47th district, and Dan Kairis for Congress, 14th district.
In April 2011, DCGP chair Steve Alesch made history by becoming the first Green Party member elected to public office in DuPage County. Alesch was elected as a commissioner to the Warrenville Park District Board.
In May 2011, the DuPage Greens opened an office at the Two Thirteen Building in Wheaton, a new incubator for community-based organizations focused on peace, justice and equality.
In 2012, the DuPage Greens supported Nancy Wade for Congress (IL-5). Wade received more than 5% of the vote, resulting in the Green Party being established in the 5th Congressional District.
In April 2013, Sandy Lezon became the second Green Party member elected to public office in DuPage County. Lezon was elected as a trustee to the Warrenville Public Library Board.
In November, 2013, DuPage Green member Steve Alesch was one of the primary organizers in the successful campaign to defeat Illinois HB 2454, the bill to take away your right to place questions, like the Move to Amend question, on the ballot via the Annual Township Meeting.
In 2014, DuPage Greens supported:
- Nancy Wade, 5th Congressional District (Bensenville, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Oakbrook in DuPage County) who again received over 5% of the vote, retaining established party status in the district
- Scott Summers, Governor (write-in)
- Sheldon Schafer, Secretary of State (write-in)
In 2015, DuPage Greens supported:
Steve Alesch in his successful bid for re-election to the Warrenville Park District Board
In 2016, the DuPage Greens:
- Recognized Warren “Grizz” Grimsley in the 5th Congressional District primary election
- Declined to recognize Rob Sherman in the 5th Congressional District primary election
- Supported Dr. Jill Stein for President of the United States
- Supported Ajamu Baraka for Vice President of the United States
- Supported Scott Summers for U.S. Senate
- Supported Tim Curtin for Illinois Comptroller
In 2017 the DuPage Greens were 3 for 3! The DuPage Greens recognized, endorsed and supported:
- Steve De La Rosa for Villa Park Library District (4 year term) – ELECTED
- Holly Scholz for Fox Valley Park District, District 3 (2 or 4 year term determined by lottery after election) – ELECTED
- Kyle Taylor for Kane County Board of School Trustees, St. Charles Township (2 year unexpired term) – ELECTED
2018 DuPage area candidates supported by the DuPage County Green Party:
- Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago Candidates
- Chris Anthony (6-year term)
- Karen Roothan (6-year term)
- Tammie Vinson (6-year term)
- Rachel Wales (2-year term)
- Geoffrey Cubbage (2-year term)
In 2019 the DuPage Greens were 1 for 2. The DuPage Greens recognized, endorsed and supported:
- Steve Alesch for Warrenville Park District Commissioner (third term)
- Sandy Lezon for Warrenville Library Trustee (second term) – ELECTED
See the elections page for information on candidates we are currently supporting.