Champaign City Council set for fifth vote on District 3 seat

Champaign City Council set for fifth vote on District 3 seat

CHAMPAIGN — Maybe the fifth time's the charm.

The city council this week will try to pick a new representative for the District 3 seat after four rounds of tie votes and no decision last month. They are scheduled to vote on the appointment again when they meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the city building, 102 N. Neil St.

Lynn Anderson, Barbara Kenny-Langendorf, Vic McIntosh and Tony Pomonis each have been waiting for weeks to hear their names called to the council desk. Sitting council members were split 4-4 last month between McIntosh and Pomonis.

Whomever the council selects will be entitled to the seat until May 2013, when former council member Kyle Harrison's term is scheduled to end.

He announced his resignation in May this year before he moved to a new home outside his district.

Council members have 60 days from Harrison's effective resignation date of June 15 to fill the vacancy. Applications for the seat were due June 1. The candidates have been waiting since then to see who would get the required five of eight votes to win the seat.

So far, no one has gotten the five votes. And Mayor Don Gerard said it's anyone's guess how the tie will be broken.

"I have no idea," Gerard said. "I know that there's been individuals in the community who have been lobbying for their candidates."

Gerard voted for Pomonis in June, and he said on Sunday that he has not changed his mind. He also does not know if any of his colleagues on the city council have changed theirs.

Gerard was joined by council members Tom Bruno, Marci Dodds and Will Kyles in voting for Pomonis, who owns Merry-Ann's Diner. The others — council members Paul Faraci, Deborah Frank Feinen, Karen Foster and Michael La Due — supported McIntosh, who previously served on the council for more than a decade.

The fact that Pomonis and McIntosh were tied at 4-4 does not disqualify Anderson and Kenny-Langendorf. Anyone may be nominated when the appointment is called for a vote on Tuesday.

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rsp wrote on July 09, 2012 at 8:07 am

At this point they should either reconsider Lynn Anderson or Barbara Kenny-Langendorf, or toss a coin. Because it doesn't sound like the other two are getting anywhere. 

16LFG26_07 wrote on July 09, 2012 at 10:07 am

Marci Dodds backing Mr. Pomonis sounds like a bit of a conflict of interest since her husband is his landlord at his downtown restaurant. I know she is a professional, however, it doesn't look too good.

Political Observer wrote on July 09, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I wonder how many of the people supporting Tony Pomonis for the Champaign City Council would still support him if they knew how far-right his politics has been in the last few years?  For example, do they know that in introducing himself on the gun owner’s forum “” Pomonis called himself (7-6-2008) a “Ron Paul Republican” and credited his experiences while participating in the 2008 Ron Paul campaign for the political stances he feels strongly about?  (See his post quoted below, for more details.)

Now, for the benefit of those of you who may have been taken in by “Dr. Ron Paul’s charming sound bytes” from time to time, once you get past Paul’s somewhat trendy anti-war positions and a few other glitzy, fashionable ideas, it turns out that Paul is a hard-core supporter of the far-right John Birch Society, and he’s stated time and time again that this support for the John Birch Society goes all the way back to his first run for Congress way back in the 1970s. 

Moreover, a few months back a friend sent me the following URL

with the data from an academic study that was done of the roll-call votes cast by all 3,320 individuals who served in either or both the House and the Senate from 1937 to 2002.  Guess who was the most far-right-wing member of Congress during this 65-year period?  If you page down the table to entry #3,320, it turns out that you find the name “Ron Paul” as the individual earning the quite dubious “distinction” of being the most far-right member of Congress during that 65-year period of time.

[Below is the text of the Introductory post by Tony Pomonis on the “” forum, 7-16-2008.]


Posted 16 July 2008 - 07:38 PM

I'm a Ron Paul Republican who owns a small business (Merry-Ann's Diner) here in Champaign.

I'm from the area: I've lived in District 7 nearly all my life (23 of 29 years).

I'm only 29 years old and new to the game of politics, but, as sad as the current political landscape is, I feel these lacks are positives.

After my experiences with the Ron Paul campaign I felt a moral obligation to voice a message of accountability and transparency (that Ron Paul helped to espouse). My friends from the campaign are Wayne Johnson, Marty Johnson, Andrea Rice, Scott Schmucker, to name a few.

Once elected, I'll run the local government like I run my wildly successful business...AS A BUSINESS THAT HOLDS INDIVIDUALS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR BEHAVIOR.

I fully support the 2nd Amendment, and can't wait to get to work for the people of the community that helped to shape who I am.

Thank you for your time.


Anthony "Tony" Pomonis

ps. I'm working the Republican booth at the County Fair this weekend...keep an eye out for me if you're in attendance!




Political Observer wrote on July 09, 2012 at 7:07 pm

1.  Here’s the URL for the post by Pomonis in the forum above:

(Although before going to that link, you might want to consider the possibility of using a proxy server, if you don’t like the idea of turning over your IP address to the server at…Just sayin’…)

2.  Here's a summary of Ron Paul's voting record in Congress:

You can see Paul’s love of the far-right John Birch Society in the various bills he’s sponsored over the years: Get the US out of the UN, dismantle much of the federal government, get rid of minimum wage laws, take away the rights of women and minorities until we've returned to the South of the 1950s, enact massive tax relief for the rich, get rid of all public schools, return to the gold standard of the 1930s, etc.

3.  As Tim Johnson chased the tea party vote in recent years, he found himself getting closer and closer to Ron Paul, both in their strong friendship and in their similar oddball voting records in the House.  Johnson made a point of attending Ron Paul’s weekly John Birch Society lunch caucus (“The Liberty Caucus”) on Thursdays, he finally came out and endorsed Ron Paul for President, and (with the help of Tony Pomonis) he organized the local Ron Paul visit and rally last March.  Here’s a short News-Gazette write-up, with a photo of Tim Johnson and Ron Paul at Merry-Ann’s Diner on 3-14-12:

and here’s a photo of Johnson, Paul and Mr. and Mrs. Pomonis exchanging pleasantries:

4.  Many of Ron Paul's followers call themselves the original version of the so-called "Tea Party," and yes...the John BIrch Society has always been a "Tea Party" of sorts.  The question that the City of Champaign has before it now is: "Is that the direction that they want to move in, the direction laid out by Ron Paul and the Tea Party?"










Political Observer wrote on July 10, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Here’s an interesting bit of irony you might all get a laugh out of.  Tony Pomonis, as a disciple of Ron Paul, is really, really big on government disclosure of expenditures…He’s made it his cause celebre to see that everything that government spends should be disclosed on the web.

OK, so that’s all well and good for government to do, but what about expenditures that Tony Pomonis himself happens to make…of a political nature…such as, for example, Campaign Contributions…Is he quite forthcoming himself in donations that he makes to political candidates? 

Well, let’s suppose that we go to and look up who’s made contributions to former Champaign mayor Schweighart.  The very first contribution that’s listed in the state database is a $500 contribution on 3-15-11 from an entity listed as “1500 S. Plaza Diner” that’s located at 1510 S. Neil in Champaign.  Gee, what could that possibly be?  I’ve driven down S. Neil dozens of times and don’t ever remember seeing a sign for ““1500 S. Plaza Diner!”  Is this a new place that just opened up recently?

Well, it turns out that if you do a  websearch on the address “1510 S. Neil Champaign,” you’ll find that that’s the address of Merry-Ann’s Diner, which is owned by our friend Tony Pomonis…So apparently Mr. Pomonis chose to hide his donation to former Mayor Schweighart under a pseudonym he sometimes goes by, when he chooses to be known as “Mr. 1500 S. Plaza Diner” (and the understaffed Illinois Election Board let him get away with it)!…

Tony Pomonis wrote on July 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm


That was my Dad. 

May his memory be eternal. 

rsp wrote on July 12, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Tony, I knew your dad from before you were even born. I was sorry to see he had past. He was a good man.