2012 election

2012 election

Tom Kacich: Gambling wars ahead in Midwest

The Midwestern gambling wars may get amped up this year, with both Indiana and Illinois considering expanded gambling, Ohio picking up the pace and Kentucky pondering casinos at racetracks for the first time.

Tom Kacich: Here's who spent how much per vote in Champaign County

Countywide candidates spent anywhere from $1.51 per vote to 5.9 cents per vote in last year's election campaign, an analysis of campaign spending shows.

Tom Kacich: Legislator raises money with gun raffle

Here's a political candidate fundraising idea you don't see every day: buy a $5 raffle ticket for a chance to win a rifle, a revolver or a shotgun.

That's what newly inaugurated state Rep. Josh Harms, R-Watseka, is doing to replenish his campaign fund.

Tom Kacich: Johnson raised millions during career

The web site OpenSecrets.org has an interesting analysis of the career fundraising by retired U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, and other recent congressional retirees.

Tom Kacich: Tea party members say they'll be back

The tea party is down but not out, say Jan and Phil Peterson of the Ford County Tea Party.

Tom Kacich: Cultra looks back on frustrations of Springfield

Serving in the Illinois General Assembly didn't turn out so well for retiring Sen. Shane Cultra, R-Onarga.

Tom Kacich: Money almost as close as the vote in 13th District

Post-election fundraising totals for 13th Congressional District candidates Rodney Davis and David Gill were almost as close as the election results, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Republican Davis defeated Gill by 1,002 votes out of the 294,385 cast, or 46.5 percent to 46.2 percent.

Tom Kacich: Dems already looking ahead to 2014

It's been a whole month since Election Day, so isn't it time to look ahead to the 2014 election, particularly the 13th Congressional District race?

After all, victorious Republican Rodney Davis is almost a congressman; he'll be sworn in on Jan. 3.

City residents in Vermilion County must 'opt-in' for electric savings

DANVILLE — Vermilion County officials have decided that fighting the Illinois Power Agency over electric aggregation will not be productive, so the county and Integrys are moving forward with an "opt-out" program in unincorporated areas and a voluntary program in incorporated areas.

Camargo store prepares to sell liquor

CAMARGO — After almost seven decades of selling groceries and sundry items, Thompson's Grocery Store in Camargo is adding a new product: liquor.