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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Charles A. "Charlie" Smyth
805 S. Coler, Urbana, IL 61801
DOB: March 8, 1956
Occupation: Retired, 38 years at Sunset Memorial Park
Previous political experience: Alderman, Ward 5, Danville, since 2001.
DANVILLE — The four-way race for three seats in Vermilion County Board District 6 is not lacking candidates with a variety of experience.
4903 Watermark Drive, Champaign, IL 61822
Date of Birth: 2/7/1975
Education: BA in Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign