2012 election

2012 election

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

By ROBERT RICH

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.

Two seek Champaign County clerk seat

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.

2012 election: Bob Fox, Vermilion County Board District 6

Robert V. "Bob" Fox

Republican

Age: 85

Home: Danville

Occupation: Retired, 35 years AT&T

Political experience: Vermilion County Board member for 35 years; Vermilion County clerk, 1982-1990.

2012 election: Dennis Miller, Vermilion County Board District 6

Dennis Miller

Party: Republican

Age: 32

Home: Danville

Occupation: Transporation supervisor at Sygma

Political experience: None.

2012 election: John Alexander, Vermilion County Board District 6

John C. Alexander

Republican

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.