On October 30, the Illinois Green Party members who are running for statewide office in 2010 filed petitions to get themselves on their own party’s primary ballot. In most states, when a candidate files to get on his or her own party’s primary ballot, that is scarcely news. But in Illinois, election laws make it difficult for candidates to get on primary ballots. The statewide candidates each needed 5,000 valid signatures. See this story. The deadline isn’t until November 2, and there will be more news after that day on how many Greens filed to get on their own party’s primary ballot for Congress, state legislature, and county office.