Tom Mackaman, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for state representative in the 103rd District of Illinois, appeared Friday, October 1, on WILL radio, 580 AM, the broadcasting service of the University of Illinois. WILL broadcasts to most of Illinois, including Chicago, as well as much of the western half of Indiana.
The SEP and Mackaman fought a successful month-long battle this summer against the attempt by state and local officials of the Democratic Party to keep his name off the ballot, despite the fact that the SEP had filed more than 2,000 signatures of registered voters with election authorities, far more than the 1,325 required to gain ballot status.
During the WILL call-in program, hosted by Jack Brighton, Mackaman fielded a number of callers’ questions, on topics ranging from health care to the nature of socialist revolution. The audio transcript of the radio program can be accessed by going to http://www.will.uiuc.edu/am/focus/archives/04/040927.htm and scrolling down to “Friday.”