2012 election

2012 election

Edwardsville man may run as independent in 13th District

EDWARDSVILLE — There's a chance that central Illinois voters will have a third choice for Congress in November.

Erika Harold explores candidacy for 13th District

URBANA — Erika Harold, an Urbana native who was Miss America 2003 and now is an attorney in Chicago, said Monday that she is "exploring the possibility" to be a Republican candidate for Congress in the new 13th Congressional District.

Brunch to feature nominee Gill, runner-up Goetten

SPRINGFIELD — One month after the primary election, Matt Gotten Friday conceded the 13th Congressional District Democratic race to Bloomington physician David Gill.

Goetten, the Greene County state's attorney, made his announcement after the Illinois State Board of Elections certified the results of the primary.

Thousands march to protest anti-union legislation


CHAMPAIGN -- As many as 5,000 labor union members and supporters crowded into a corner parking lot at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall Thursday to hear union leaders excoriate Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and warn about anti-union legislation in Illinois.

Daniels was scheduled to speak to a Champaign County Republican Party dinner in Champaign Thursday night.

Democrats re-elect Klein as chairman

URBANA — Democratic precinct committeemen Wednesday night elected Al Klein of Urbana to a second full term as chairman of the Champaign County Democratic Party.

He defeated Eric Thorsland of rural Mahomet by "about than 2-to-1," Klein said.

GOP hopefuls in 13th District direct ire at Dems

BLOOMINGTON — Six Republicans seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson on the 13th Congressional District ballot this fall avoided criticizing each other in a forum Monday, but they were less kind to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

2 allege Johnson's withdrawal was orchestrated

BLOOMINGTON — Two of the Republicans looking to replace U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson in Congress don't like the way he pulled out of his re-election race, and believe his decision was orchestrated to benefit his former chief of staff, Jerry Clarke.

Blakeman is GOP choice to seek circuit clerk seat

CHAMPAIGN — Republican committeemen overwhelmingly picked Katie Blakeman as their candidate for Champaign County circuit court clerk at a special meeting Thursday night at GOP headquarters in Champaign.

Hansen won't challenge Dem primary result; Goetten undecided

URBANA — One local candidate who narrowly lost a primary election contest last month has decided not to challenge the result, but a congressional candidate who also lost a close race is still waiting to decide.

County GOP will pick from four circuit clerk candidates

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County Republican leaders will have four candidates to choose from Thursday night when they select their party's nominee for circuit court clerk.