2012 election

2012 election

Guest commentary: Health care, choice - and how you vote


The future of the American health care system is an area where the contrast and choice between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney could not be clearer.

Romney's plan calls for:

— Repeal of the Affordable Care Act ("Obama Care");

— Giving control of the design, financing and delivery of health care to each individual state;

IGPA: Impact of Latino demographics on 2012 election

By Jorge Chapa

Latinos are a key feature of the American political landscape. Their population is growing: Latinos now comprise 28 percent of Chicago's population, up from 14 percent in 1980. Illinois' growth also is very rapid. The Latino population statewide has grown from 12 percent to 16 percent in the past 10 years.

Jim Dey: No room for public in political maneuvering

Election Day — Nov. 6 this year — is a day heralded as one when the people pick their leaders, the sainted occasion when they either throw the rascals out or reward effective stewards of the public's trust with another term in office.

It sounds good, and it's true to a large extent.

Tom Kacich: The beginning of suffrage in Illinois

In 1912, every local mayor and city council member, every Illinois state legislator and statewide official and every member of Congress was male. In fact, every voter in the presidential election in Illinois that year was a man.

That was the end of that.

Boehner to campaign for Davis in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Speaker of the House John Boehner will be in Champaign next week for a $250 per person fundraising dinner for 13th Congressional District candidate Rodney Davis of Taylorville.

Fahey is only judge not recommended in bar association poll

Only one area judicial candidate, Nancy S. Fahey of Danville, is not recommended for another term on the bench, according to a poll of lawyers conducted by the Illinois State Bar Association.

Fahey, who has been a judge since 2006, is up for retention in the Fifth Judicial Circuit which includes Vermilion, Coles, Edgar, Clark and Cumberland counties.

2012 election: John Alexander, Vermilion County Board District 6

John C. Alexander


Age: 59

Home: Danville

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.

2012 election candidate questionnaire: Charlie Smyth, Champaign County clerk

Charles A. "Charlie" Smyth

805 S. Coler, Urbana, IL 61801


DOB: March 8, 1956

2012 election: Michael Puhr, Vermilion County Board District 6

Michael Puhr


Age: 57

Home: Danville

Occupation: Retired, 38 years at Sunset Memorial Park

Previous political experience: Alderman, Ward 5, Danville, since 2001.

Four candidates in Vermilion County Board District 6

DANVILLE — The four-way race for three seats in Vermilion County Board District 6 is not lacking candidates with a variety of experience.