2012 election

Election judges sought for Vermilion County

DANVILLE — Vermilion County still needs more than two dozen election judges for Election Day on Nov. 6, according to Vermilion County Clerk Lynn Foster.

Bambenek: Smyth violated Urbana ordinance with news conference

URBANA — Urbana Alderman Charlie Smyth violated the city's municipal code by using the city council chambers for a political news conference, Republican John Bambenek charged Friday.

Early voting runs all weekend; 7,000 already have cast ballots

URBANA — This is the only full weekend of early voting in Champaign County, when registered voters are able to cast ballots on both Saturday and Sundays.

Eight early voting stations, most of which serve only particular precincts, will be open Saturday.

Frerichs, Bambenek tangle in Danville

DANVILLE — 52nd Illinois Senate District candidates John Bambenek and Mike Frerichs differed on a number of major issues in somewhat testy candidates forum Thursday night in Danville.

Bambenek, Frerichs spar over income tax

CHAMPAIGN — A progressive income tax in Illinois would have "dire economic consequences" for the state, said John Bambenek, the Republican candidate for the 52nd Illinois Senate District.

Bambenek is challenging state Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, who has endorsed a move away from Illinois' 42-year-old flat rate income tax.

Recorder candidates disagree over some practices

CHAMPAIGN — Incumbent Republican Champaign County Recorder of Deeds Barb Frasca says she wants to build upon the work her office has done over the past 16 years.

Meanwhile, her opponent, Democrat D'Anne Winston, says she would improve the office if she is elected.

Frasca and Winston offered their views at a debate Wednesday night at the Champaign City Building.

County clerk candidates tangle at debate

CHAMPAIGN — The current Champaign County clerk claimed he has "the best county clerk's office in the state of Illinois," while his opponent said "it's time to end the 70-year stranglehold that the local Republican Party has had on" the office.

The two, Republican Gordy Hulten and Democrat Charlie Smyth, tangled at a candidate forum Wednesday night at the Champaign City Building.

Circuit clerk candidates promise improvements

CHAMPAIGN — Former Democratic Champaign County Board Chairwoman Barb Wysocki and her Republican opponent, Katie Blakeman, told area voters they will work to improve the circuit clerk's office if elected as Champaign County circuit clerk.

Wysocki and Blakeman offered their views at a debate Wednesday night at the Champaign City Building.

Both auditor candidates promise to be a watchdog

CHAMPAIGN — Although the Democratic candidate for county auditor said he has the academic credentials and professional background to hold the office, the Republican contender, citing a recent financial scandal involving the city treasurer in Dixon, said that being a watchdog is just as important.

News-Gazette offers downloadable election guide

The News-Gazette is making available a downloadable guide to the Nov. 6, 2012 election for voters in Champaign, Piatt and Vermilion counties.

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