2012 election

2012 election

Township voters to consider advisory referendum in November

CHAMPAIGN – With “Super PACs” expected to rule advertisement campaigns as the presidential election approaches, voters in the City of Champaign Township will see a question on their November ballots about the Supreme Court case that helped spawn the big spenders.

Shelden backs Blakeman for circuit clerk

CHAMPAIGN — An influential Republican precinct committeeman has endorsed Katie Malone Blakeman over Stephanie Holderfield for the Republican nomination for Champaign County circuit clerk.

The county's 76 GOP precinct committeemen will meet Thursday night to choose the Republican candidate for circuit clerk against Democrat Barbara Wysocki.

GOP leaders wait to see who wants in race for 13th District

URBANA — In announcing his candidacy at the Champaign County veterans' memorial outside the county courthouse, Jerry Clarke emphasized what he believes will set him apart from others seeking to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson on the 13th Congressional District ballot this fall.

Clarke announces for 13th District

URBANA — Jerry Clarke, the former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, formally announced this morning that he hopes to succeed Johnson in Congress.

Two apply to run for circuit clerk

CHAMPAIGN — Two Republicans have entered their party's nominating process for Champaign County circuit clerk, guaranteeing a contest after primary election winner Rick Winkel officially declines the nomination next week.

Ex-chief of staff Clarke may have early lead to replace Johnson

Central Illinois Republicans say they expect a number of candidates to seek retiring U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson's 13th Congressional District seat, but so far almost as many are out as are in.

Text of Johnson news release

Here is the text of the news release formally announcing the retirement of U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson:

Family, law practice, maybe teaching in Johnson's future

URBANA — U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson plans to retire at the end of his current term and return to practicing law, and possibly teaching and participating in local government.

Johnson, an Urbana Republican, told The News-Gazette on Wednesday that he is leaving Congress after six terms to spend more time with his family of nine children, 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Langendorf wants to run for state House against Hays

URBANA — State Rep. Chad Hays may have an opponent this year after all.

Hays, a Catlin Republican finishing his first term in the Illinois House, was unopposed in last month's Republican primary and so far has no Democratic opposition in the new 104th District.

GOP will have to choose candidate to take Johnson's place on ballot

URBANA — U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, is leaving Congress at the end of his current term, sources said Wednesday.

Johnson, who is completing his sixth term in the U.S. House, is expected to make the announcement Thursday afternoon at the Urbana City Building, where he began his political career as a city council member in 1971.