2012 election

Urbana woman tells Santorum supporters of abortion regrets

CHAMPAIGN — Setting aside shame, guilt and embarrassment, Jan Ruffner stood in front of about two dozen people in a public park Saturday to say that having an abortion at age 17 changed her.

The 57-year-old Urbana woman said she was telling her story to get people thinking about choosing the Republican presidential candidate who is most willing to stop public funding of abortions.

3 political novices vying for GOP's nod

DANVILLE — Three relative newcomers to local politics are competing in Tuesday's primary to win the Republican party's nomination for Vermilion County recorder.

Candidates for Vermilion County recorder

Candidates in the Republican primary March 20 for Vermilion County recorder:

Thomas O'Shaughnessy

54, Catlin


1979 graduate Wabash College, Ind.; 1982 graduate SIU-Carbondale School of Law

Wife, Darla O'Shaughnessy; 3 adult children, Beth, Adam and Annie; one grandchild, Abigail

Eric Rosson

30, Catlin

Deputy who quit under cloud seeks to oust Ford County coroner

PAXTON — Ford County Coroner Doug Wallace is being challenged in Tuesday's Republican primary election by a former chief deputy for the Ford County sheriff's office who resigned amid accusations that he beat a burglary suspect.

Four seek three spots in Vermilion County District 5

DANVILLE — In Tuesday's primary election, a former Vermilion County Board member is challenging three Democrats who currently hold all three seats in county board District 5.

Candidates for Vermilion County Board District 5

Here are the Democratic candidates for Vermilion County Board District 5 in the March 20 primary election:

John Criswell

71, Tilton

Retired, Hyster

Orick Nightlinger

77, Danville

Retired, UI Printing Services

Robert Watson

62, Tilton

Retired, Hyster

Andrew Wilkus

Neophyte takes on 2 veterans in new Champaign County Board District 11

A political novice is challenging two longtime Democratic members of the Champaign County Board in an all-new district in north Champaign and Urbana.

This time, 53rd GOP contest is winner take all

The competition between Shane Cultra and Jason Barickman goes back almost 18 months.

It started about a minute after Dan Rutherford was elected state treasurer in November 2010 and Rutherford's state Senate seat became available.

Candidates for Champaign County Board District 11

Here are the candidates for the Democratic primary for Champaign County Board District 11:

Lloyd Carter

81, Urbana

owner, Carter's Electrical Contractor

20 years on the county board, six years on the Urbana City Council

Lorraine Cowart

66, Champaign

retired building service worker, University of Illinois

53rd Senate District candidates

A look at the candidates for the 53rd Senate District:

Jason Barickman

36, of Champaign

married, one child

lawyer, state representative since 2011

B.S., Illinois State University; J.D., University of Illinois College of Law

Shane Cultra

61, of Onarga

divorced, four children, one grandchild

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