2012 election

2012 election

County candidates seeking office, nothing more

CHAMPAIGN — None of the Democratic candidates for either Champaign County auditor or clerk of the circuit court has any ambitions beyond those offices, they said in a candidate forum Wednesday night.

Johnson endorses Barickman

NORMAL — U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson on Thursday threw his support behind Jason Barickman in the 53rd Senate District race against incumbent state Sen. Shane Cultra, R-Onarga.

The congressman noted that he had endorsed Cultra before, when the latter was challenged in an Illinois House race by Champaign firefighter Dave Tomlinson.

Cities launch information campaign on electricity ballot question

CHAMPAIGN — Bus billboards and a new website have sprung up as the cities of Champaign and Urbana try to inform residents about a ballot question voters will see on the March 20 ballot and the potential savings they could see on their electric bill.

Ford County GOP endorses Santorum, Cultra

PAXTON — Ford County's Republican Party is on record as supporting Rick Santorum for president and Shane Cultra for a full term as state senator.

After warning, Cultra moves Normal campaign office to different building

ONARGA — State Sen. Shane Cultra acknowledged Wednesday that he ran a campaign office out of a public building owned by the Town of Normal, but said he had been told doing so would be all right.

That's not quite the way Normal's city manager remembers it.

Since then, however, Cultra has moved his political office out of the building in downtown Normal.

Rolling Acres, part of Cherry Hills to vote on fire protection

CHAMPAIGN — Voters in two parts of unincorporated southwest Champaign will be asked to make what one resident is calling a "life-safety" decision when they go to the polls in March.

Durbin backs Goetten over Gill

DECATUR -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Saturday endorsed Matt Goetten over David Gill in the 13th Congressional District Democratic primary election.

Goetten, 40, is state's attorney in Greene County, southwest of Durbin's Springfield home. Gill, a Bloomington emergency room physician, has run for Congress on three occasions and lost all three times to U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana.

Five sheriffs endorse Barickman over Cultra

BLOOMINGTON — Five of the six county sheriffs in the newly drawn 53rd Senate District have endorsed state Rep. Jason Barickman, R-Champaign, over Sen. Shane Cultra, R-Onarga, in the March 20 primary 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.