2012 election

2012 election

Electric aggregation on hold in Vermilion County incorporated areas

DANVILLE — Now that voters across Vermilion County said yes to electric aggregation, there's a legal question as to whether residents in villages and municipalities, like Danville, can take advantage of it.

Vermilion GOP selects Weinard for county board chair

DANVILLE — With no debate, Vermilion County Republicans unanimously voted Gary Weinard of Hoopeston as their nominee for chairman of the Vermilion County board during their Saturday morning caucus.

Tom Kacich: Johnson sees temporary solution for fiscal cliff

Retiring U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson agrees with his successor that the outgoing Congress is unlikely to pass a permanent solution to the so-called "fiscal cliff" tax and budget issues.

Like Congressman-elect Rodney Davis, the Urbana Republican said he is disappointed with the continuing gridlock in Washington.

Tom Kacich: Frerichs enjoyed Israeli trip, despite sudden hostilities

State Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, returned home last Monday after spending a sometimes-anxious week in Israel.

Frerichs was a guest of Project Interchange, a mission of the American Jewish Committee, which brings government leaders and others to Israel for a week of travel and education. He was with a group of 10 other elected officials from around the United States.

Tom Kacich: At last, activity in office of auditor

John Farney isn't the Champaign County auditor yet, but he already has one major accomplishment: getting retiring auditor Tony Fabri to come into the office for a while last week.

Fabri, who became auditor in 2007 but is infamous for staying away from the office for much of the last four years, chose not to run for reelection this year.

Dems will suggest nominee for Vermilion County board chair

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Democratic Party plans to caucus on Saturday to choose a nominee for the county board chairman's position, while the Republicans have decided to hold their caucus some time after Thanksgiving.

Tom Kacich: Election again demonstrates split in county

Last week showed again how on Election Day, Champaign County is actually two counties: the Democratic-dominated cities of Champaign-Urbana where Barack Obama won 67 percent of the vote, and the rural and suburban sections where Mitt Romney was the choice of 55.44 percent of voters.

SJ-O students will go to Washington for inauguration

ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph-Ogden High School students will be witnessing history.

Fifteen students will be traveling with teacher Marshall Schacht to watch history unfold on inauguration day.

The trip is run by WorldStrides, a student travel organization.

No sure answer on Hartman effect in 13th District

Neither Republican Rodney Davis nor Democrat David Gill would say Monday that independent candidate John Hartman helped Davis win last week's 13th Congressional District race.

Democrats nominate Richards for county board spot after 8 ballots

CHAMPAIGN — Michael Richards, a member of the Champaign County Board since February 2007, was nominated by board Democrats Sunday to be the new county board chair.

Richards' appointment to the $29,274 a year position likely will become official when the new county board, elected last week, is sworn in on Dec. 3. Democrats will have a 12-10 advantage on the new board.