2012 election

2012 election

Three candidates seek two seats in Champaign County District 3

URBANA — The three Republican candidates for Champaign County Board District 3 include a longtime board member, a recent appointee to the board and a newcomer.

County Board District 3 Q&A: Steve O'Connor

Candidates for contested county board races were given the opportunity to answer a series of questions about county government. Here are the answers from Steve O'Connor, a Republican candidate in District 3:

Thousands hear Ron Paul at UI

CHAMPAIGN — Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said America needs to shrink the size of government and restore individual liberty.

"The enthusiasm for personal liberty has to be restored and has to be renewed," he said.

Paul stops downtown before campaign appearance

CHAMPAIGN - It's not every day a candidate for president comes to town. It's even less frequent that he or she will make a detour into downtown Champaign.

Three seek Dem nomination for circuit clerk

URBANA — The three Democratic Party contenders for Champaign County circuit court clerk are in agreement on one major issue: The office is in need of a major change.

Circuit clerk candidates

A look at the Democratic candidates for circuit clerk in Champaign County:

Lori Hansen

42, of Urbana

law librarian, Champaign County circuit court

married, no children

bachelor's degree, sociology, University of Illinois; master's degree, American Indian Studies, University of Arizona; J.D., University of Illinois College of Law

Three Dems seek primary win for county auditor

The three Democratic candidates for Champaign County auditor met again Sunday night at their party's pre-election dinner. They talked about their qualifications and their plans, but they never touched on the reason there's a three-way Democratic primary and why Republicans think they have a chance of regaining the office after being shut out after 40 years.

The candidates for auditor

Democratic candidates for Champaign County auditor:

Ben Carlson

29, of Champaign

insurance agent, Cathy Hall and Associates

bachelor's degree in business management, Judson University

George Danos

46, of Champaign

mathematics teacher, Parkland College

Ron Paul event moved to Huff Hall

CHAMPAIGN — Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul's Wednesday evening appearance at the University of Illinois has been moved from Foellinger Auditorium to Huff Hall because there weren't enough seats at Foellinger to accommodate people expected to attend.

13th District Dem candidates back abortion rights

CHAMPAIGN — Abortion rights was a central theme in speeches Sunday night by the two Democratic congressional candidates in the new 13th Congressional District.

Greene County State's Attorney Matt Goetten, in perhaps his most complete remarks on the issue so far in the campaign, asserted he favors abortion rights and "would support Planned Parenthood."