2012 election

Barickman, Cultra mostly in agreement at debate

GIBSON CITY — Illinois Senate candidates Shane Cultra and Jason Barickman displayed little difference on a wide range of issues at a tea-party meeting Saturday night.

Nudo drops out of 52nd District race

CHAMPAIGN — Saying that he didn't want to be part of a vitriolic campaign for the Legislature, Champaign Republican Alan Nudo Saturday withdrew from the 52nd Senate District race.

Nudo: Frerichs, Bambenek working together

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Republican Alan Nudo charged Friday that two other candidates — incumbent Democrat Mike Frerichs and Republican challenger John Bambenek — are working together to defeat him in the Republican Party primary.

He made the accusation after Frerichs last week released copies of two campaign donation checks that Nudo signed more than five years ago.

Gill blasts Johnson proposal on Congress cuts

BLOOMINGTON — Democratic congressional candidate David Gill ridiculed U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson's proposal to cut congressional sessions, salaries and office allowances in half, and suggested that Johnson already could cut his salary and staff.

Nudo will check financial statement after foe's criticism

CHAMPAIGN — State Senate candidate Alan Nudo of Champaign says he will look into whether he made an error filing his statement of economic interest with the Illinois secretary of state.

Circuit clerk primary a go; appeal ruled out

CHAMPAIGN — There will definitely be a Republican Party primary for the office of Champaign County circuit clerk.

No Santorum delegates for 13th District

SPRINGFIELD — Republican voters in much of Champaign County, plus Piatt, DeWitt and Macon counties, won't be able to vote for delegates pledged to Rick Santorum in the March 20 Republican primary election.

Decision sets stage for Holderfield-Winkel showdown in primary

URBANA — Champaign County's electoral board voted unanimously Friday to keep Stephanie Holderfield's name on the March 20 Republican primary election ballot, making it more likely there will be an intraparty showdown with former Sen. Rick Winkel over the office of circuit court clerk.

Paul files slate of delegate candidates for March primary

SPRINGFIELD — Ron Paul's Illinois organization Thursday filed a nearly complete slate of delegate and alternate delegate candidates for the March 20 primary election.

Paul is the second Republican candidate — behind Mitt Romney — to compile a slate of convention delegate candidates. The deadline to file delegate slates is 5 p.m. today .

Santorum backers still plan to file slate; Gingrich camp said to be having petition troubles

CHAMPAIGN — Republicans may have a big race for their presidential nomination but you'd never know it looking at Illinois.

So far, only Mitt Romney has a slate of delegate candidates in Illinois, and the deadline to get on the ballot is 5 p.m. Friday.

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