Facebook / Kash Jackson for Governor

The Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor, who's campaigned against the state's child-support system, engaged in a shouting match with a judge about money he owes his ex-wife and access to child visitation.

Jaclyn Driscoll / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

The Libertarian Party filed a slate of statewide candidates on Monday, turning in more than 47,000 signatures to the Illinois State Board of Elections. That’s nearly double the required 25,000. 

Kash Jackson, the party's candidate for governor, is a retired Navy veteran. He wants to legalize recreational marijuana, doesn’t want to see changes to gun laws in Illinois and said he would repeal a law, commonly referred to as House Bill 40, requiring public funding for abortions under Medicaid and state health insurance.

  It’s easier for Democrats or Republicans to get on the ballot in Illinois than Independents or other parties.  Libertarians  say the system's rigged.
Republicans and Democrats running for the U-S Senate or Comptroller this year need at least 5,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot. Other candidates need at least five times more than that.

Independent and third party candidates will have an easier time running for office in Illinois, thanks to a ruling just made by a U.S. District Court judge.

A Libertarian candidate sued several years ago to challenge the state's "full slate" law.

It requires unqualified parties -- any party besides Democrats or Republicans -- to run full slates of statewide and county candidates.

Chairman of Illinois' Libertarian Party Lex Green says it that can be next to impossible for new parties.

Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are nearly tied in the polls as the November election approaches.

Libertarian's nominee, Chad Grimm, wasn't part of the first televised gubernatorial debate, hosted by public broadcasting stations and the League of Women Voters in Peoria Thursday night. The League's established rules require a candidate poll at least ten-percent; Grimm has polled at five-percent, or at times edging closer to eight.