2012 election

2012 election

State House, Senate endorsements

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.

Other questions on November ballots

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:

Electric aggregation on ballots in area

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."

13th District timeline

A timeline of events in the 13th Congressional District race so far:

13th District will give someone his first victory

This is not the way the race in the 13th Congressional District was supposed to end.

Early voting begins Monday

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.

2012 election: Larry Mills, Vermilion County Board District 7

Larry Mills

Party: Democrat

Age: No response.

Home: Danville

Occupation: Attorney.

Political experience: Former Vermilion County state's attorney

Issues: Did not respond to News-Gazette candidate questionnaire.

2012 election: Michael Dodge, Vermilion County Board District 7

Michael D. Dodge

Party: Democrat

Age: 57

Home: Danville

Occupation: Hourly worker, Bunge Milling.

Political experience: Six years on Vermilion County Board.

Issues: Wants Vermilion Manor Nursing Home to continue serving elderly in the county; supports keeping taxes down.

2012 election: Neal Boyd, Vermilion County Board District 7

Neal A. Boyd

Party: Republican

Age: 26

Home: Danville

Occupation: Danville Area Community College student.

Political experience: Serving one-year elected term as student trustee on DACC Board of Trustees.

2012 election: Randy Keith, Piatt County Board District 1

Randy Jo Keith

Age: 60

Home: Monticello

Occupation: Retired.

Political experience: Piatt County Board member since 2010.

On the issues: Keep county nursing home viable; continue to hold town meetings; change policy to ban phoning in of board votes; continue with fiber optic Internet cable project.