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: 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.

Three candidates seek two seats in Piatt County Board District 1

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.

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.