2012 election

2012 election

Transparency a key issue in Champaign County Auditor race

Transparency a key issue in Champaign County Auditor race: Play now!

    Our election preview series continues today with a look at the race for Champaign County Auditor.  As Tim Ditman reports, both candidates want to make the office more accessible.

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Hulten, Smyth battle for county clerk office

Hulten, Smyth battle for county clerk office: Play now!

    As we continue our series of stories leading up to the November General Election, we take a look at the race for Champaign County Clerk.  An appointed incumbent wants to get elected to Clerk's office for the first time, while his challenger has served more than a decade on the Urbana City Council.  Michael Kiser reports.

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Bambenek, Frerichs spar over income tax

CHAMPAIGN — A progressive income tax in Illinois would have "dire economic consequences" for the state, said John Bambenek, the Republican candidate for the 52nd Illinois Senate District.

Bambenek is challenging state Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, who has endorsed a move away from Illinois' 42-year-old flat rate income tax.

Recorder candidates disagree over some practices

CHAMPAIGN — Incumbent Republican Champaign County Recorder of Deeds Barb Frasca says she wants to build upon the work her office has done over the past 16 years.

Meanwhile, her opponent, Democrat D'Anne Winston, says she would improve the office if she is elected.

Frasca and Winston offered their views at a debate Wednesday night at the Champaign City Building.

County clerk candidates tangle at debate

CHAMPAIGN — The current Champaign County clerk claimed he has "the best county clerk's office in the state of Illinois," while his opponent said "it's time to end the 70-year stranglehold that the local Republican Party has had on" the office.

The two, Republican Gordy Hulten and Democrat Charlie Smyth, tangled at a candidate forum Wednesday night at the Champaign City Building.

Circuit clerk candidates promise improvements

CHAMPAIGN — Former Democratic Champaign County Board Chairwoman Barb Wysocki and her Republican opponent, Katie Blakeman, told area voters they will work to improve the circuit clerk's office if elected as Champaign County circuit clerk.

Wysocki and Blakeman offered their views at a debate Wednesday night at the Champaign City Building.

Both auditor candidates promise to be a watchdog

CHAMPAIGN — Although the Democratic candidate for county auditor said he has the academic credentials and professional background to hold the office, the Republican contender, citing a recent financial scandal involving the city treasurer in Dixon, said that being a watchdog is just as important.

Champaign County Clerk candidate Gordy Hulten

Champaign County Clerk candidate Gordy Hulten: Play now!

Our Michael Kiser sat down with Champaign County Clerk candidate Gordy Hulten about the issues surrounding the county clerk race.

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Champaign County Clerk candidate Charlie Smyth

Champaign County Clerk candidate Charlie Smyth: Play now!

Our Michael Kiser sat down with Champaign County Clerk candidate Charlie Smyth about the issues surrounding the county clerk race.

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News-Gazette offers downloadable election guide

The News-Gazette is making available a downloadable guide to the Nov. 6, 2012 election for voters in Champaign, Piatt and Vermilion counties.