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Green chosen for Parkland board

CHAMPAIGN -- Parkland College trustees Tuesday night selected Bianca Green of Champaign to serve the two years remaining on the term of former board chairman Tom Bennett.
 
Green, an attorney, was chosen over five other candidates, all of whom were interviewed separately during a two-hour open session Tuesday night.
 


Gibson City native chosen for 52nd seat

URBANA — Scott Bennett of Champaign, a native of Gibson City, will replace Mike Frerichs as the state senator for the 52nd District that includes most of the population of Champaign and Vermilion counties, officials said today.


Illinois Comptroller Topinka dies following stroke

BERWYN — State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, a jovial mainstay of Republican politics in Illinois for more than three decades, died early Wednesday after suffering a stroke. She was 70 years old.


GOP chairs pick Bennett for House run

PAXTON — Tom Bennett of Gibson City, the Ford County Republican county chairman and chairman of the Parkland College Board of Trustees, will be the Republican candidate for the Illinois House in the 106th District.


GOP leaders will address vacancy

FAIRBURY — Republican leaders in five central Illinois counties will meet Sunday in Fairbury to begin developing a plan to replace state Rep. Josh Harms, R-Watseka, on the November general election ballot.

Harms, a freshman lawmaker, announced earlier this week that he was pulling out of the 106th House District race against Democrat William Nutter for unspecified family reasons.


Champaign County Board opposes bill on wind farms

URBANA — Champaign County Board members have gone on record as being opposed to legislation in Springfield that they contend would weaken their oversight of wind farms.


Backers say they’ll stand by their Dan

Dan Rutherford supporters for now are standing by their man after a former employee charged him in a federal lawsuit with both political and sexual improprieties.


Grand light display returns to Paxton

PAXTON — Victor Johnson could be forgiven if he has unkind thoughts about rabbits during this Christmas season.

They made a mess of a part of the grand Christmas lights display he had assembled at his family’s home on Patton Street in Paxton.


Three file for GOP primary for Ford judge seat

SPRINGFIELD — All three candidates for a judicial vacancy in Ford County filed nominating petitions at 8 a.m. today at the State Board of Elections in Springfield.


Shimkus formally announces he'll seek 10th term in Congress

DANVILLE — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus said Monday that he will run for a 10th term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the enormous 15th Congressional District that includes 33 of Illinois’ 102 counties and stretches from Vermilion and Ford counties on the north to the Ohio River on the south and the Mississippi on the west.


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