If voters are offered no choice, is there really an election?
Because of the legislative redistricting process, voters in Illinois will go to the polls on Nov. 6 to elect a brand new state House and Senate — 118 seats in the House and 59 in the Senate.
Proposals about community electric aggregation are the most common on East Central Illinois ballots this year, but voters everywhere will be asked to decide on a number of ballot questions:
URBANA — Community-wide programs to negotiate deals for residents' electric rates are still a popular topic statewide, and a consumer watchdog group says voters should know the facts before making a decision on the so-called "municipal electric aggregation."
This is not the way the race in the 13th Congressional District was supposed to end.
Early voting begins in Illinois on Monday and continues through Nov. 3.
In Champaign County, early voting will be available at eight separate locations every day, including Saturdays and Sundays.
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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.
Occupation: Neighborhood development manager, city of Danville.
Political experience: Vermilion County Board member last 12 years and Danville alderman, Ward 2, 1987-1997.
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.
Three candidates are running for two openings for the Piatt County Board's District 1, which is the only contested county board district on Nov. 6. Democratic challenger Kathleen Piatt is on the ballot against incumbent Republicans Jerry Brazelton and Randy Jo Keith for the district, which encompasses the top half of the county.