2012 election

13th District candidates have final debate

URBANA — Two of the three candidates for the 13th Congressional District seat said Thursday that they would oppose an increase in the federal gasoline tax, even to pay for widespread infrastructure repairs after Hurricane Sandy.

Frerichs, Jakobsson promote clarity in 'grace period' law

CHAMPAIGN — Two local Democratic state lawmakers say they will promote legislation next spring to clarify in-person "grace period" voting rules in the state.

The measure, said Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, and Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, is prompted by what Frerichs said are obstacles to more convenient voting that have been erected by Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten.

Health Care Consumers issue voter guides

CHAMPAIGN — It's less than a week before the election, and your future health care could be at stake: Do you know where your candidates stand on the issues that matter?

Champaign County Health Care Consumers asked area U.S. congressional candidates and state legislative candidates what they think about some key health care issues.

13th District candidates to debate on Thursday

URBANA — The final debate among the three candidates for Congress in Illinois' new 13th Congressional District will be televised live at 7 p.m. Thursday on WILL-TV, Channel 12.

Updated 10/31: Election 2012 coverage

Updated 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31.

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Our choices for county office

There are six countywide races up for election on Nov. 6, but Champaign County voters will have to give serious thought to just four of them.

That's because Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz, a Democrat, is running without opposition, as is Coroner Duane Northrup, a Republican.

Tom Kacich: Obama, Davis lead in polls of 13th District

A new poll of voters in the 13th Congressional District gives President Obama a 59 percent to 41 percent lead over Mitt Romney, but says that Republican congressional candidate Rodney Davis is ahead by about 5 percentage points.

The automated poll of 1,360 likely voters was taken Sunday by the Springfield-based polling firm We Ask America.

1 in 5 may vote early in Champaign County

URBANA — As many as 20 percent of Champaign County voters could cast their ballots before Election Day, according to figures from the Champaign County clerk's office.

As of Monday morning, nearly 10,000 voters had either voted early, voted in-person absentee or submitted absentee ballots by mail, said County Clerk Gordy Hulten.

13th District spending nears $8 million

WASHINGTON — Total spending in the three-man 13th Congressional District race is approaching $8 million, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Tom Kacich: Presidential candidates have mostly ignored us

It used to be that in presidential races, Champaign-Urbana and central Illinois mattered.

Not any more. It's been a long time — 1980 — since a presidential or vice presidential candidate visited Champaign-Urbana in the last few, crucial months before a presidential election.

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