2012 election

2012 election

Early voting made easy in Champaign County

Early voting made easy in Champaign County: Play now!

    Early voting gets underway on Monday, October 22nd, and Champaign County voters have seven new locations to choose from when it comes to filling out their ballot.  Michael Kiser reports.


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Two seek state's attorney's seat in Piatt County

Both candidates for Piatt County state's attorney are using the public record to make the claim they should be elected to the office.

Democrat David Cox is challenging one-term incumbent Dana Rhoades on next month's ballot.

For Cox, Rhoades' conviction rate on DUI's is a major issue.

Gill scrambles to explain new ad

After saying for weeks that he had no control over negative television ads produced by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, David Gill on Thursday had trouble explaining a new television ad that his campaign created with the DCCC.

Disagreement, but no fireworks, in debate between 52nd Senate candidates

CHAMPAIGN — Anyone looking for a fireworks at the debate between incumbent state Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, and his Republican challenger, John Bambenek of Champaign, went home disappointed.

The debate between the two men vying to represent the 52nd Illinois Senate District began Friday when Bambenek confessed that "I kinda like my opponent. He's a nice guy."

104th candidates agree on many issues

CHAMPAIGN — The candidates for state representative in Illinois's 104th legislative district agree the most pressing issue for the state Legislature is getting the state's budget in order by getting spending under control and paying down a backlog of bills.

103rd candidates differ on most issues

CHAMPAIGN — A move to a progressive income tax could pull Illinois out of its woeful financial condition, state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, said Thursday night.

Jakobsson made her remarks at a candidate forum with Republican challenger Rob Meister of Champaign at the Champaign City Building.

Meister challenges Jakobsson in 103th House District

Rob Meister, the Republican candidate for the 103rd District of the Illinois House, says he approaches politics with a "red brain and a blue heart."

Incumbent state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson says she is running for re-election so she can continue offering "excellent constituent service," even if that means helping people who do not live in her Champaign-Urbana district.

Davis, Gill both back concealed-carry, agree on little else

NORMAL — Congressional candidates Rodney Davis and David Gill each endorsed concealed carry in Illinois, including allowing guns on college campuses.

It was one of the few issues that the Republican and Democratic candidates agreed on during a one-hour debate Wednesday at Illinois State University.

13th District spending tops $4 million

Total spending on the 13th Congressional District race already exceeds $4 million, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Democrat David Gill of Bloomington has spent $643,380 so far in his campaign, and Republican Rodney Davis, who has been a candidate only since late May, reports spending $406,002.

Legislative candidates to debate

CHAMPAIGN — Legislative candidates in the 103rd House, 104th House and 52nd Senate districts will meet Thursday night in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Champaign County, the NAACP and The News-Gazette.