This week, Champaign County high schools are precincts, and their libraries and gathering places are polling places as students participate in a county-wide mock election.
In Centennial High School's library on Tuesday, members of social science teacher Mark Sikora's second-hour class were the first that hour to vote.
U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson is no longer a candidate, but he's not out of politics. The Urbana Republican, who will retire from political life in early January, still has a campaign fund with more than $270,000, and he's planning to spend some of that to support candidates.
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.
2504 E Florida Ave, Urbana, 61802
Education: Diploma, Unity H.S., Tolono; Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Parkland College, Champaign; Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
Occupation: Employee in Champaign County clerk's office since 2007.
The two candidates for Champaign County auditor are borrowing a refrain first made popular by the Jackson Five and later revived by Mariah Carey.
"I'll Be There" is the assurance both Democrat George Danos and Republican John Farney give, after current Auditor Tony Fabri got roundly criticized for not spending enough time in the office.
1411 Mayfair Rd., Champaign
Date of Birth: 12/02/1964
Post-Baccalaureate, Alternative Route to Teacher Certification Program, Eastern Illinois University. (June 2009)
M.S., Actuarial Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 1999
B.A., Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 1997
506 N Elm St., #15, C.
Occupation: Political consultant.
Political experience: Ran unsuccessfully for Champaign County clerk in 2006, was appointed to the county board in 2007 and won election in 2008 and 2010.
CHAMPAIGN — Two incumbent county board Democrats are being challenged by a former Champaign City Council member in one of the most Democratic districts under the new Champaign County Board map.
314 Wheaton Ave., C.
Occupation: self-employed; family business
Political experience: Champaign City Council Member at-large (1999-2003); Republican precinct committeewoman (1994-2004, 2012); unsuccessful candidate for county board in 2010.
618 W. Hill St., C.
Occupation: Assistant dean of students, University of Illinois since 2005.