John C. Alexander
Occupation: Executive director YMCA
Political experience: Appointed to Vermilion County Board in District 2 in 2001 and elected in 2002, 2006, 2010; appointed to District 6 in July 2012; member of the Potomac school board 1980-1988 and 1990-1994.
Charles A. "Charlie" Smyth
805 S. Coler, Urbana, IL 61801
DOB: March 8, 1956
URBANA — Ask the two men running for Champaign County clerk — the county office that oversees elections and vital records — and they both speak about their zeal for a fair and efficient voting process.
Beyond that, Republican incumbent Gordy Hulten and his Democratic challenger Charlie Smyth may be as different as the two cities they call home.
DANVILLE — The four-way race for three seats in Vermilion County Board District 6 is not lacking candidates with a variety of experience.
Occupation: Retired, 38 years at Sunset Memorial Park
Previous political experience: Alderman, Ward 5, Danville, since 2001.
4903 Watermark Drive, Champaign, IL 61822
Date of Birth: 2/7/1975
Education: BA in Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The presidential race in Illinois is considered a fait accompli, which is why you don't see any local television advertising by the candidates (although you can still catch national spots for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney).
But spending on congressional races — mostly by outside groups — is making up for it here.
John L. Criswell
Political experience: Two years on Vermilion County Board
Issues: Does not support selling Vermilion Manor Nursing Home, but does support merging county animal regulation and shelter with the city and a third party organization overseeing shelter; does not want taxes increased.
DANVILLE — A Republican newcomer is challenging three incumbent Democrats for the three Vermilion County Board seats open in District 5 in November's election.
Orick "Corky" Nightlinger
Home: Danville-Hegeler area
Political experience: In his fourth term as Vermilion County Board member; a Westville precinct committeeman; and Belgium Sanitary District trustee.