Archive for September, 2012

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Barack Obama and Joe Biden

President and Vice-President of the United States

David Gill for Representative in Congress, 13th District

I’m an ER doctor, a father, a husband and neighbor. I’ve never been elected to any office, never been paid by the taxpayers or answered to any politician. I’ll bring fresh ideas and a different perspective to Clean up Congress, change our priorities and put middle-class families first again.

I started working as a dishwasher when I was 13 and my Dad died. Later, I stocked shelves to work my way through U of I. I did laundry in the middle of the night to help pay my way through medical school.

Like you, I’m worried that the opportunities we had to work hard and do better than our parents are disappearing for our kids and grandkids.

I won’t take a penny from Wall Street or corporate interests. My campaign is powered by people like you.

I’d be honored to have your support for Congress.

Illinois General Assembly

Michael Frerichs, State Senator, 52nd District

Mike Frerichs was elected to the General Assembly in 2006. Since being elected Mike Frerichs has stood tall for the 52nd district. He championed a $30 billion capital improvement plan to fund road and infrastructure improvements in Champaign and Vermilion Counties. As Chairman of the Agricultural Committee, he has provided financial assistance to farmers and advocated for alternative fuels. As Vice-Chairman of the Education Committee, Frerichs has funded improvements at the University of Illinois, Parkland College and Danville Community College while fighting to reduce Illinois’ disparities in education funding. He currently resides in Champaign with his wife Laura and his daughter Ella.

  • campaign contact: (217) 352-MIKE
    45 E. University Av Suite 205, Champaign, IL 61820
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Naomi Jakobsson, State Representative, 103rd District

Naomi Jakobsson chairs the Human Services Committee in the Illinois House and also serves on the Higher Education Committee, the Higher Education Appropriations Committee, the Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations Committee, and the Adoption Reform Committee.

Jakobsson’s top priorities as state representative are to increase funding for education, stand up for the University of Illinois, improve access to affordable health care, strengthen environmental standards, fuel our local economy and be an accessible representative.

Michael Langendorf for State Representative, 104th District

Champaign County Officers

George Danos for Auditor

Barbara Wysocki for Circuit Clerk

Charlie Smyth for County Clerk

D’Anne Winston for Recorder of Deeds

  • campaign contact: (217) 841-3185
    Friends for D’Anne Winston
    P. O. Box 8791
    Champaign, IL 61826-8791
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Julia Rietz, State’s Attorney

Champaign County Board

Eric Thorsland for District 1 (Vote for 2)

Elect both Eric Thorsland and Eugenia Watson in District 1!

Eric Thorsland 2010A husband and father, Eric is currently serving on the County Zoning Board of Appeals, serves as a board member of the Mahomet Area Youth Club, and is a Mahomet Lions member.
He is an Organic farmer, an avid hunter, a motorcyclist of 30 years. Eric works at the Nuclear Physics Department of the University of Illinois as a Research Engineer.
Eric supports fiscal responsibility, reducing the size of the County Board, spending within revenue. He supports establishment of a better County building maintenance fund, re-evaluating the County role in new road construction with a focus on maintenance of current infrastructure. He believes fostering agriculture as a business is a top priority and a major part of Champaign County.
Eric wants to be the best representative you can have working for you.

Eugenia Lamb Watson for District 1 (Vote for 2)

Elect both Eugenia Watson and Eric Thorsland in District 1!

In 2004 I met a politician running for the Senate who altered the way I viewed my participation or at that time lack of participation in politics. I made a promise to him and to myself to become more active and not just leave it the hands of others. I first started by volunteering, getting signatures, handing out materials, and getting people registered to vote. In 2010 I ran for Precinct Committeeman for Scott-Seymour and have just recently won a second time. Now I feel it is time to step forward again and run for Champaign County Board in District One.

I was born in Bloomington, Illinois, and raised in Farmer City. In 1970, I moved to Champaign to attend Parkland and the University of Illinois. In 1981, I moved to rural Seymour. I am married with 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren. My daughters attended Mahomet-Seymour Schools spanning a time frame of 26 years.

This year starts my 39th year of Obstetric/gynecology nursing. I first worked at Burnham City Hospital then worked in a private Obstetric/ gynecology practice for 21 years. For the last 16 years I have been employed by Christie Clinic in the Obstetric/gynecology department.

Brad Diel for District 5 (Vote for 2)

Elect both Brad Diel and Tracy Luchik in District 5!

Tracy Luchik for District 5 (Vote for 2)

Elect both Tracy Luchik and Brad Diel in District 5!

Pattsi Petrie, District 6 (Vote for 2)

Elect both Pattsi Petrie and Josh Hartke in District 6!

Forty-one years—in Champaign County, city of Champaign district 6, same street, and same house. Pattsi, an urban planner, has worked toward creating a great place to live, raised a family, and completed two advanced degrees at the university. For details visit her web site.
During the 2010 campaign, she focused on two major issues: sustainability and listening and engaging constituents. She has had successes with both.
Sustainability has three components: the environment, economics, and social equity. By introducing one resolution, the only one introduced by a county board member this session, she covered all of the components. The resolution established the Champaign County Local Food Policy Council, which has been in place since last June. This resolution was passed by collaboration on both sides of the aisle. The emphasis on local foods, a topic that as immense visibility here and across the country, is a major means of economic development and source of local foods for residents and local businesses. The business of growing local foods stays once established and usually is not tempted to pick up and move to another community when offered an incentive to do so, yields 4-5 fold income return per acre compared to row crops, uses relatively small acreage, and can fit into odd shaped land patterns. This is an excellent example of the theory of “economic gardening.” Emphasizing once again, this resolution envelops the environment, returns economic development to the community, and supplies local foods.
The commitment to engage district 6 constituents has been accomplished several ways. First, she has held two Town Halls at the Champaign Public Library. And the third is scheduled for 14 October. This gives residents a chance to come and exchange ideas, ask questions, and challenge votes. A second mechanism used is two different “kitchen cabinets.” One mainly focusses on the environment and the other on general county issues, which right now are numerous—nursing home, jail, budget, maintenance of the 13 county buildings, comprehensive plan for the county campus, and stormwater management.
Her work on stormwater management throughout the John Street Watershed continues to this day. All of the previous many layers of collaboration between residents, Champaign city staff and council, classes at UIUC resulted in a project that has made a major difference and now used as a model of how to work with other neighborhood. Further this project has been presented 4 times within the state, twice at national conferences, and once at an international conference. The collaboration with the university continues last spring and again this fall through a LINC (Learning in Community) class in the College of Engineering.
These past experiences, urban planning knowledge, and working toward a sustainable county are the reasons Pattsi deserves your vote for the County Board.
Pattsi is open to your concerns, questions, and new ideas for the community. And as she goes door-to-door here in Champaign, she’d also appreciate your help! Please send her an email to You can also read more about Pattsi at her website:

Josh Hartke for District 6 (Vote for 2)

Elect both Josh Hartke and Pattsi Petrie in District 6!

After growing up on a farm in Effingham County and graduating from Dieterich High School as Valedictorian, Josh Hartke earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois. He worked on his father’s farm most of his life, but got his first job away from the farm at age 16 working at a local grocery store. Before graduating college, he was employed full-time as a software developer with a fortune 500 company. After ten years as a programmer and database manager in both the private and public sector, he became the nominee of the Democratic Party for U.S. Congress in 2002. Josh then spent four years working as an Administrative Manager for the Illinois Department of Transportation, working in project, personnel, and contract management, as well as public and intergovernmental relations.

Recently, Josh had his first novel published, in a five book deal with a major publishing house based in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. He also works part-time as a grader at Metritech, Inc. He lives with his wife, Julie, in central Champaign. An avid gardener and chef, Josh is also an Eagle Scout and has been involved with both Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross.

Josh will work hard for the people of District 6 and all of Champaign County. He hopes to bring his experience in transportation at IDOT to the Board, as well as his knowledge of budget and contract management. He wants to fight hard for progressive causes, yet still work for consensus, financial responsibility, and reasonable, accountable government.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Josh at:

Rachel Schwartz for District 7 (Vote for 2)

Elect both Rachel Schwartz and Alan Kurtz in District 7!

Alan Kurtz, District 7 (Vote for 2)

Elect both Alan Kurtz and Rachel Schwartz in District 7!

    Alan Kurtz has a record of leadership in our community and on the Champaign County Board.

    The owner of Blimpie Sub & Salads for 11 years in the heart of campustown, Al is a longtime supporter of Illini athletics and was a leader in the effort to end Green Street flooding. He’s a past president of the Champaign County Humane Society, and a current member of the Champaign Consortium, a four-county agency that prepares unemployed workers for new jobs.

    As a member of the County Board, Alan Kurtz has worked to ensure county operations run efficiently, so we get maximum value for our tax dollars. He successfully forged the bipartisan supermajority that enacted the County’s Wind Farm Ordinance, which promises to create thousands of jobs and add tens of millions in revenue for our county. As vice-chair of the County’s Environment and Land Use Committee, Al worked to develop and adopt a comprehensive Land Resource Management plan that will protect our prime farmland for future generations.

    Married to Linda Kurtz for 46 years, Al has two sons and three wonderful grandchildren.

    Alan Kurtz is working hard on the County Board and on the campaign trail! With your support, we can keep Al’s leadership on the County Board, and we can keep Champaign County moving forward!

  • campaign contact: (217) 356-0011
    710 Ashton Lane South, Champaign, IL 61820
  • campaign email:

Michael Richards, District 8 (Vote for 2)

Elect both Michael Richards and Giraldo Rosales in District 8!

Safeguarding Student Voting Rights

Mike has been fighting Republican efforts to disenfranchise students for years, and is a nationally recognized leader in the fight to preserve voting rights. He worked with the Illinois Legislature to implement 2010’s Student Early Voting law that expanded Early Voting for students and made voting easier.

Greening County Government

As vice-chair of the County’s facilities committee, Mike pushed staff to apply for state and federal grants to make county buildings more energy efficient. This lowers the county’s carbon footprint and saves taxpayers thousands of dollars in utility bills. Next term Mike will push the county to participate in the Illinois Energy Now grant program.

Fighting Insider Contracts at the County

Mike has fought against wasteful no-bid contracts at the county and pay increases for top county management. Mike fought to set up an audit of the County nursing home business practices that led to a Federal probe of Nursing Home operations.

Making the Champaign Justice System Work Better for Everyone

As Chairman of the Community Justice Task Force, Mike is working to find solutions that lower incarceration levels and reduce recidivism. Mike also is working to expand minority representation on juries. This term, Mike fought to restore funding to the State’s Attorney and Public Defender’s offices.

Giraldo Rosales, District 8 (Vote for 2)

Elect both Giraldo Rosales and Michael Richards in District 8!

Astrid Berkson, District 9 (Vote for 2)

Elevt both Astrid Berkson and Ralph Langenheim in District 9!

Ralph Langenheim, District 9 (Vote for 2)

Elect both Ralph Langenheim and Astrid Berkson in District 9!

A Professor of Geology (retired) at the University of Illinois, Ralph Langenheim understands the bedrock principles of good government.

Ralph has served on the Champaign County Board since 1998, and chaired the county’s Environment and Land Use Committee from 2000-2006. He worked to develop and pass the County’s first-ever comprehensive Land Resource Management Plan. He supports efforts to protect the Mahomet Aquifer as our water source for future generations, and advocates for zoning policies that sustain sustainable land uses and protect prime farmland.

In difficult economic times, Ralph has worked to stretch every dollar in the County budget to make sure taxpayers get value for their money, without sacrificing important services like Mental Health programs, Juvenile Delinquency prevention, Public Health, or our County Nursing Home. He understands the long-term social costs of gutting these programs would far exceed any temporary budget benefit in the short-term.

Ralph Langenheim served on the Urbana Human Relations Commission from 2000 to 2006. He’s a member of Urbana Rotary and past president of the Illinois Geological Society. Ralph Langenheim is a D-Day veteran, and a member of the Champaign County Veterans Association.

Ralph Langenheim lives in Urbana with his wife M. Casey Diana. He has two children and two step-children.

  • campaign contact: (217) 344-5285
    401 W. Vermont, Urbana, IL 61801
  • campaign email:

Chris Alix, District 10 (Vote for 2)

Elect both Chris Alix and James Quisenberry in District 10!

I’m Chris Alix—longtime Urbana resident, longtime Democrat, University of Illinois alumnus and small business owner. I want to represent District 10 on the Champaign County Board. I’m proud of my respected history as a consensus-builder in Urbana-Champaign local government and look forward to bringing my experience and perspective to the issues facing Champaign County in these challenging times.

I’d appreciate your support in the November 2, 2010 general election!

  • campaign contact: (217) 337-6744
    301 East George Huff Drive, Urbana, IL 61801
  • campaign email:
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James Quisenberry, District 10 (Vote for 2)

Elect both James Quisenberry and Chris Alix in District 10!

I am not running for County Board with a single issue or a set agenda. I am running because I have a passion for public service. I am running to contribute my expertise, my organizational skills, and my commitment to listen to all parties and seek common ground to meet the challenges we face in Champaign County..

Please contact me or visit my website for details on my background and positions.

Lorraine Cowart, District 11 (Vote for 2)

Elect both Lorraine Cowart and Lloyd Carter in District 11!

Lloyd Carter, District 11 (Vote for 2)

Elect both Lloyd Carter and Lorraine Cowart in District 11!

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