Central Illinois Gazette

Central Illinois Gazette

Written decision on Holderfield petition

The three-member Champaign County Electoral Board issued its written decision Tuesday in the case of Frank v. Holderfield, the effort to remove Stephanie Holderfield from the March 20 Republican Party primary election ballot. Holderfield is running for circuit court clerk, as is Rick Winkel, a former state legislator.

Not quite the end of the world but ...

Graphical depiction of the weather story for today.2 to 4 inches of snow would be the greatest amount, by far, so far this winter.

We haven't even had 4 inches of snow this winter season.

This graph is from the National Weather Service office in Lincoln.

Is Santorum slate on the 13th Congressional District ballot?

Friday was the deadline to file for Illinois' March 20 presidential primary and right now two things stand out:

Looks like it's going to stay "warm" and dry through first half of January

The 6- to 9-day forecast for our area from the National Weather Service predicts continued warmer than normal temperatures and below normal precipitation through Jan. 13.

Local history: Who remembers when University Ave. in Urbana was just two lanes? Also, looking ahead to 2012

Local history

In 1911, the Salvation Army hall was taxed to its capacity last night for the annual Christmas tree and entertainment for the poor children of the Twin Cities. A sack of candy and an orange, together with three toys apiece, were given to each child, the candy and toys having been donated by merchants.

Tim Johnson gets to say 'I told you so'

U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, issued the following statement today after the House voted by unanimous consent to approve a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut. 

Johnson's statement goes easy on House Speaker John Boehner, who is being blamed by many for the legislative fisco on payroll tax issue.


Rep. Tim Johnson statement on his payroll tax vote


Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, was one of seven House Republicans to vote yesterday with Democrats on the GOP proposal to force a payroll tax extension and unemployment benefits bill back to a House conference committee.



Chances of a white Christmas even lower than historic likelhood


Historically, Champaign-Urbana -- according to this Illinois State Water Survey chart -- has about a 30 percent chance of a white Christmas.

Ben Carlson disputes Stephanie Holderfield's contention

Ben Carlson, one of three Democratic candidates for Champaign County auditor, today issued a statement disputing a contention by Republican circuit clerk candidate Stephanie Holderfield that she had asked him to remove her signature from his candidacy petitions.

Carlson's statement: