2012 election

2012 election candidate questionnaire: D'Anne Winston, Champaign County recorder

D'Anne Winston

1003 Laura Drive



Age: 51

Occupation: Part-time employee at University of Illinois. Former clerk for recorder of deeds office, accountant for City of Champaign Township, and program coordinator at Champaign-Urbana Area Project.

Political experience: ran unsuccessfully for City of Champaign Township supervisor in 2009.

2012 election: John Dreher, Vermilion County Board District 7

John Dreher

Party: Democrat

Age: 58

Home: Danville

Occupation: Neighborhood development manager, city of Danville.

Political experience: Vermilion County Board member last 12 years and Danville alderman, Ward 2, 1987-1997.

2012 election: Kathleen Piatt, Piatt County Board District 1

Kathleen Piatt

Age: 61

Home: Monticello

Occupation: Retired.

Political experience: None.

On the issues: Change daytime meetings to make them more accessible to the public; make more records available online; economic development; bring a new perspective to a male-dominated county board.

Two seek state's attorney's seat in Piatt County

Both candidates for Piatt County state's attorney are using the public record to make the claim they should be elected to the office.

Democrat David Cox is challenging one-term incumbent Dana Rhoades on next month's ballot.

For Cox, Rhoades' conviction rate on DUI's is a major issue.

Gill scrambles to explain new ad

After saying for weeks that he had no control over negative television ads produced by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, David Gill on Thursday had trouble explaining a new television ad that his campaign created with the DCCC.

Disagreement, but no fireworks, in debate between 52nd Senate candidates

CHAMPAIGN — Anyone looking for a fireworks at the debate between incumbent state Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, and his Republican challenger, John Bambenek of Champaign, went home disappointed.

The debate between the two men vying to represent the 52nd Illinois Senate District began Friday when Bambenek confessed that "I kinda like my opponent. He's a nice guy."

104th candidates agree on many issues

CHAMPAIGN — The candidates for state representative in Illinois's 104th legislative district agree the most pressing issue for the state Legislature is getting the state's budget in order by getting spending under control and paying down a backlog of bills.

103rd candidates differ on most issues

CHAMPAIGN — A move to a progressive income tax could pull Illinois out of its woeful financial condition, state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, said Thursday night.

Jakobsson made her remarks at a candidate forum with Republican challenger Rob Meister of Champaign at the Champaign City Building.

Meister challenges Jakobsson in 103th House District

Rob Meister, the Republican candidate for the 103rd District of the Illinois House, says he approaches politics with a "red brain and a blue heart."

Incumbent state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson says she is running for re-election so she can continue offering "excellent constituent service," even if that means helping people who do not live in her Champaign-Urbana district.

Davis, Gill both back concealed-carry, agree on little else

NORMAL — Congressional candidates Rodney Davis and David Gill each endorsed concealed carry in Illinois, including allowing guns on college campuses.

It was one of the few issues that the Republican and Democratic candidates agreed on during a one-hour debate Wednesday at Illinois State University.

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