2012 election

2012 election

Four write-in candidates in Tuesday primary

URBANA — There are four registered write-in candidates in Champaign County for Tuesday's primary election.

GOP candidate insists he is in the running for Congress

CHAMPAIGN — Frank Metzger was in Champaign Monday morning to insist that yes, he is still running for Congress.

Metzger, 70, a retired ironworker from Glen Carbon, is the third Republican candidate for Congress in the new 13th Congressional District. He is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, and Michael Firsching of Moro.

Candidates for 13th Congressional District

Here is information about the 13th Congressional District candidates


Tim Johnson

65, of Urbana

incumbent 15th District congressman

Michael Firsching

55, of Moro


Frank L. Metzger

70, of Glen Carbon

retired ironworker

3 Republican candidates compete in Champaign County Board District 1

Republicans in Champaign County Board District 1, which includes much of the northwestern quadrant of the county, have a three-way race Tuesday for two slots.

Candidates for Champaign County Board District 1

Here are the candidates for Champaign County Board District 1.

Gary Maxwell

71, Mahomet

Retired civil engineer and land surveyor

Appointed to county board in 2011

Gerald W. Smith

58, Mahomet


Primary elections on Tuesday

Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday for primary elections throughout Illinois. 

Here is a link to the Champaign County clerk's office list of polling places in Champaign County.

Illinois Senate district races

Vermilion County polling places

Here are polling places for Vermilion County and for Danville for the March 20 primary election.


This list shows the precinct, the polling place and its address

Blount 1, Blount Township Highway Bldg. 22217 Henning Road, Danville

Blount 2, Blount Township Highway Bldg. 22217 Henning Road,Danville

Races in newly drawn 13th District star old rivals and new faces

It's been awhile since voters in the congressional district that covers Champaign-Urbana had a primary election. For Republicans, the last one was in 2000, when Tim Johnson, then a state representative, won a four-way contest in the 15th Congressional District; for Democrats, it was in 2004.

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.