Updated 10/31: Election 2012 coverage

Updated 10/31: Election 2012 coverage

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

Here is where we will post links to election stories between now and Election Day, Nov. 6.

You can click here for all previous and continuing election coverage.

YOUR OPINION

10/3 Here's a place where you can tell us what you would say to one candidate of your choosing, at any level of government.

NEWS

10/31 Tom Kacich's column looks at what polls predict about the 13th District - and the presidential race for voters in that district.

10/30 Twenty percent of the voters in Champaign County may cast their ballots early.

10/29 Spending in the 13th District race is nearing the $8 million mark.

10/28 Tom Kacich's column from Sunday on how visits from presidential candidates once were a frequent occurrence.

10/28 The Associated Press lists the five top donors for President Obama and those for Mitt Romney.

10/27 Vermilion County needs more election judges.

10/27 John Bambenek, running for state senate, says Charlie Smyth, running for Champaign County clerk, violated an Urbana ordinance by holding a press conference in the Urbana city council chambers.

10/26 Our coverage of a debate between Mike Frerichs and John Bambenek, candidates for the 52nd Illinois House district.

10/25 Mike Frerichs and John Bambenek spar over income tax.

10/24 Our coverage of debates for Champaign County recorder, auditor, county clerk and circuit clerk.

10/24 Different polls have different results for the 13th Congressional District race.

10/24 Tom Kacich's column looks at the money advantage incumbents have.

10/24 The News-Gazette makes its coverage up to the start of early voting available as a free downloadable ebook.

10/21 Tom Kacich on where the money is coming from in the 13th District Congressional race.

10/20 Early voting begins Monday in Illinois.

10/19 Tom Kacich on the trouble David Gill has explaining a new ad his campaign created with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

10/18 Coverage of the debate between Naomi Jakobsson and Rob Meister for the 103rd House District seat.

10/18 Coverage of the debate between Chad Hays and Michael Langendorf for the 104th House District seat.

10/18 Coverage of the debate between Michael Frerichs and John Bambenek for the 52nd Senate District seat.

10/18 Tim Mitchell covers a campaign stop by House Speaker John Boehner on behalf of Rodney Davis' Congressional campaign.

10/18: Here's Tom Kacich's coverage of the debate Wednesday night between David Gill and Rodney Davis for the 13th Congressional District seat.

10/17 A debate is scheduled Thursday night featuring the candidates for the General Assembly from the 52nd Senate District and the 103rd and 104th House districts.

10/17 Tom Kacich reports that spending in the 13th Congressional District race is 10 times the amount spent two years ago in the old 15th District.

10/17 Tom Kacich's column reports that retiring U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson is giving campaign donations to some area candidates, but not the Republican running to succeed him.

10/12 Tom Kacich reports that House Speaker John Boehner will campaign for Rodney Davis in the 13th District Congressional race.

10/12 Tom Kacich reports that one Vermilion County judge is the only one not recommended for retention in a lawyers' poll.

10/10 Continued reporting from Tom Kacich on outside money coming in to the 13th District Congressional race.

10/9 Tom Kacich reports that the Illinois Education Association backs David Gill in the 13th District Congressional race.

10/7 Tom Kacich on NRA endorsements and more.

10/6 Jim Dey's column looks at the constitutional amendment proposal on Illinois ballots.

10/4 Tom Kacich reports there's not much reaction from the political parties to Tim Johnson calling for an end to negative ads in the 13th District campaign. 

10/3 Tom Kacich's column says voters are angry.

10/3 Debates are scheduled in Champaign.

10/3 Some pointers on how to read about polls this political season from Brian Gaines at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

10/2 The first of a series of election-related commentaries provided by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, this one by UI-Chicago Professor Cedric Herring on voter ID laws.

10/2 Tim Johnson blasts negative campaigning in the 13th U.S. House district.

GENERAL INFORMATION

10/2 Champaign County voters can check their registration status and look at their own specific ballots at the county clerk's website. Here is the specimen ballot for all of Champaign County.  

10/2 Here is the sample ballot for Coles County.

10/2 Here is the sample ballot for DeWitt County.

10/2 Here is the sample ballot for Douglas County.

10/5 Here is the sample ballot for Edgar County.

10/2 Here is the sample ballot for Ford County.

10/2 Here is the sample ballot for Iroquois County.

10/2 Here is the sample ballot for McLean County. Here is the specimen ballot for the Bloomington Election Commission.

10/2 Here is the sample ballot for Piatt County.

10/2 Here is the sample ballot for Vermilion County and the specimen ballot for the city of Danville Election Commission.

CANDIDATES

CONGRESS

10/21 For U.S. House, here is our preview story on the 13th District race, which features independent John Hartman, Democrat David Gill and Republican Rodney Davis. 

10/21 And here is a timeline of events that led to the current candidates' placement on the ballots.

10/18 Here is video from a debate between Gill and Davis on Oct. 17 in Normal.

10/1 Here is Hartman's questionnaire on issues affecting the district. Here is Hartman's questionnaire from the Chicago Tribune.

10/1 Here is Gill's questionnaire. Here is Gill's questionnaire from the Chicago Tribune.

10/1 Here is Davis' questionnaire. Here is Davis' questionnaire from the Chicago Tribune.

STATE SENATE

52nd District

For the Illinois General Assembly, here is our preview story on the 52nd Senate district race between incumbent Democrat Mike Frerichs and Republican John Bambenek.

10/1 Here is Bambenek's questionnaire. Here is Bambenek's questionnaire from the Chicago Tribune.

10/1 Here is Frerichs' questionnaire. Frerichs did not complete a questionnaire for the Chicago Tribune.

10/1 Here is information on campaign contributions to Frerichs from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

10/1 Here is information on campaign contributions to Bambenek from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

STATE HOUSE

103rd District

10/18 For the Illinois General Assembly, the 103rd House district features incumbent Democrat Naomi Jakobsson and Republican Rob Meister.

10/2 Here is Jakobsson's questionnaire. She did not fill out a questionnaire from the Chicago Tribune.

10/2 Here is Meister's questionnaire. Here is his questionnaire from the Chicago Tribune.

10/2 Here is information on campaign contributions to Jakobsson from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

10/2 Here is information on campaign contributions to Meister from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

104th District

10/17 Here is our preview story on the race for the 104th House district featuring incumbent Republican Chad Hays and Democrat Michael Langendorf.

10/2 Here is Hays' questionnaire. He did not fill out a questionnaire for the Chicago Tribune.

10/2 Here is Langendorf's questionnaire. Here is his questionnaire for the Chicago Tribune.

10/2 Here is information on campaign contributions to Hays from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

10/2 Here is information on campaign contributions to Langendorf from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

10/20 Here is our preview story on the race for Champaign County recorder. The candidates are incumbent Republican Barbara Frasca and Democrat D'Anne Winston.

10/20 Here is Frasca's questionnaire.

10/20 Here is Winston's questionnaire.

10/16 Here is our preview story on the race for two seats in Champaign County Board District 8. The candidates are two incumbent Democrats, Giraldo Rosales and Michael Richards, and challenger Sher Hampel, a Republican.

10/16 Here is Rosales' questionnaire.

10/16 Here is Richards' questionnaire.

10/16 Here is Hampel's questionnaire.

10/14 Here is our preview story on the race for Champaign County auditor. The candidates are Democrat George Danos and Republican John Farney. 

10/14 Here is Danos' questionnaire.

10/14 Here is Farney's questionnaire.

10/12 Here is our preview story on the race for county clerk in Champaign County. The candidates are incumbent Gordy Hulten, a Republican, and Charlie Smyth, a Democrat.

10/12 Here is Hulten's questionnaire.

10/12 Here is Smyth's questionnaire.

10/9 Here is our preview story on the race for two seats in Champaign County Board District 5. The candidates are two Democrats, Brad Diel and Tracy Luchik, and two Republicans, Max Mitchell and Jeff Kibler.

10/9 Here is Diel's questionnaire.

10/9 Here is Luchik's questionnaire.

10/9 Here is Mitchell's questionnaire.

10/9 Here is Kibler's questionnaire.

10/8 Here is our preview story on the race for two seats in Champaign County Board District 1. The candidates are two Republicans, John Jay and Gary Maxwell, and two Democrats, Eric Thorsland and Eugenia Watson.

10/8 Here is Jay's questionnaire.

10/8 Here is Maxwell's questionnaire.

10/8 Here is Thorsland's questionnaire.

10/8 Here is Watson's questionnaire.

10/7 Here is our preview story on the race for circuit clerk between Barbara Wysocki and Katie Blakeman.

10/7 Here is Blakeman's News-Gazette questionnaire.

10/7 Here is Wysocki's News-Gazette questionnaire.

VERMILION COUNTY

10/20 Here is our preview story on the race for Vermilion County Board District 7. The candidates are John Dreher, Craig Golden, Michael Dodge, Neal Boyd and Larry Mills.

10/12 Here is our preview story on the race for Vermilion County Board District 6. The candidates are Bob Fox, John Alexander, Michael Puhr and Dennis Miller.

10/10 Here is our preview story on the race for Vermilion County Board District 5. The candidates are Corky NightlingerTerry WilkusBill Wright and John Criswell.

10/9 Here is our preview story on the race for Vermilion County Board District 2. The candidates are Kevin Green, Charles Mockbee, Mike Marron and Terry Thomas.

10/8 Here is our preview story on the race for Vermilion County recorder between Nikki Bogart and Thomas O'Shaugnessy.

PIATT COUNTY

10/20 Here is our preview story on the race for Piatt County Board District 1. The candidates are Kathleen Piatt, Jerry Brazelton and Randy Keith.

EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS

10/21 Voters in many area communities will decide whether to allow their local government, via third parties, to negotiate electric rates as well as other issues.

OPINION

10/31 Our endorsements for countywide offices in Champaign County.

10/30 We recommend a 'yes' vote on the Vermilion County nursing home question.

10/28 The newspaper endorses Rodney Davis for Congress.

10/28 A professor at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs examines the presidential election in health care terms.

10/28 An opponent of the constitutional amendment explains his opposition.

10/21 Our endorsements - and lack of backing in some races - for state legislative races.

10/16 Here is a guest commentary from Robert Rich on health care and the presidential election.

10/16 Here is University of Illinois Professor Jorge Chapa on the increasing role of Latinos in elections.

10/15 Jim Dey says that, in some ways, elected officials pick their constituents, not the other way around.

10/14: Tom Kacich on the beginning of suffrage in Illinois.

 

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