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.
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 in the Republican primary March 20 for Vermilion County recorder:
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
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.
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.
Here are the Democratic candidates for Vermilion County Board District 5 in the March 20 primary election:
Retired, UI Printing Services
A political novice is challenging two longtime Democratic members of the Champaign County Board in an all-new district in north Champaign and Urbana.
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.
Here are the candidates for the Democratic primary for Champaign County Board District 11:
owner, Carter's Electrical Contractor
20 years on the county board, six years on the Urbana City Council
retired building service worker, University of Illinois
A look at the candidates for the 53rd Senate District:
36, of Champaign
married, one child
lawyer, state representative since 2011
B.S., Illinois State University; J.D., University of Illinois College of Law
61, of Onarga
divorced, four children, one grandchild