Election 2016

Election 2016

Official election results show tighter races, but outcomes unchanged

URBANA — Almost every race in Champaign County got a little closer Tuesday as 698 outstanding votes were counted. But the now-official results are the same.

Two of the tighter races — county auditor and county board district 5 — got even tighter, but Republicans John Farney and Jon Rector still prevailed.

Rantoul residents vote to dissolve park district

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Park District is no more.

Voters Tuesday opted to dissolve the park district, which owns and operates the financially troubled Brookhill Golf Course and several parks, by about a 5 percent margin.

With 4,137 votes cast, voters approved the dissolution question by a 197-vote margin — 2,167 to 1,970.

Shelden returns to countywide office in Champaign — barely

URBANA — The former clerk of Champaign County will be its next recorder of deeds.

Republican Mark Shelden won one of Tuesday night's closest calls, receiving 42,556 votes to Democrat Matt Duco's 40,837.

Shelden, an Urbana resident, is inheriting the seat from Barb Frasca, who announced that she would retire after the completion of her fourth term.

Election 2016: Around the area

DOUGLAS COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY: Watson to succeed boss

TUSCOLA — Douglas County's assistant state's attorney is getting a promotion.

Republican Kate Watson of Tuscola defeated Democrat Bryant Hitchings of Tuscola in Tuesday's state's attorney's race, winning 5,401 votes to 2,612.

Executive proposal wins out in Champaign County

URBANA — Voters approved two separate ballot questions to change the way leadership is chosen for the Champaign County Board.

But the one that takes precedence, because it is a change in the form of county government, is a proposal to adopt a county executive form of government, said County Clerk Gordy Hulten.

Farney remains Champaign County auditor by razor-thin margin

URBANA — John Farney has lived the scenario that played out Tuesday night before. In 2012, during his initial run for Champaign County auditor, the Republican's race against Democratic challenger George Danos came down to the wire, with Farney winning by a margin of 2,036 votes.

Champaign County sales-tax increase handily voted down

URBANA — Voters trounced a proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase for Champaign County facilities, which was labeled a "jail tax" by opponents.

The facilities tax proposal failed with 70 percent voting "no."

Davis easily wins third term in U.S. House

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis cruised to victory Tuesday night, winning his third term in the U.S. House, defeating Democratic challenger Mark Wicklund by nearly the exact margin he won by two years ago.

Davis, a Republican from Taylorville, garnered about 59 percent of the vote in the 13th Congressional District in Illinois over Wicklund's 41 percent.

Northrup encouraged by re-election as Champaign County coroner

URBANA — The incumbent Champaign County Coroner said his Tuesday night victory encourages him to run again in four years.

Mahomet Republican Duane Northrup had 56 percent of the vote just after 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Democrats retain majority on Champaign County Board

URBANA — Democrats retained control of the Champaign County Board on Tuesday, winning one of the two contested races on the ballot and preserving their 12-10 majority.

Republican Jon Rector defeated Democrat Peter Tracy in District 5 (parts of west Champaign and suburban areas west of the city) by 156 votes, 51.15 percent to 48.85 percent.