On October. 22, 2022, the New-Gazette posted articles on the race for the 13th Congressional District. The article is part of the News-Gazette's continuing series of election questionnaires with candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot.
The two candidates to represent the 13th Congressional District--Regan Deering (R) and Nikki Budzinski (D)--both answer the following questions:
The News-Gazette published this announcement from the Champaign County Clerk's office on October 12.
Public notice is hereby given that at 2:00PM Monday, October 17, 2022 the Champaign County Clerk's office will conduct a public test of the election tabulating equipment. This is to demonstrate that the equipment will correctly count the votes cast for all candidates and measures for the Primary (sic) Election to be held on November 8, 2022. The location where the test will take place will be at the Election Supply Building 202 S Art Bartell Rd..Urbana, IL 61802. Notice is further given that this test is open to the representatives of the political parties, press, and the public. Due to C0viD-19, masks are required.
Aaron Ammons, Champaign County Clerk
This item was adapted from a News-Gazette article by Ethan Simmons on October 13, 2022. The article covered topics from the recent Champaign County Community Coalition meeting.
"Ann Prisland of the League of Women Voters communicated the gravity of the upcoming midterm elections. In light of Illinois redistricting, major state and county offices from governor to county board seats are back on the ballot. Early voting and voter registration are available at the Brookens Center. "
"A new initiative of the League is its cohort of student ambassadors, who helped register more than 200 high school students to vote in this year's election. Twelve student ambassadors in Champaign Central, Urbana, Uni High and Unity helped the drive. "
"We were able to get a pretty large group of seniors registered to vote, and even gave them information on what to do after they go to college," said Uni High student ambassador Safa Shakir."
For more information on the meeting, see the full News-Gazette article.
Candidates clash over SAFE-T Act, public health measures
This item is adapted from a News-Gazette article on October 12, 2022, page A-5 by Peter Hancock that presents points from the recent zoom debate between the candidates for Attorney General: current AG Kwame Raoul and Republican Thomas DeVore. For the full article, see the News-Gazette.
Raoul, a former state senator from Chicago, is seeking his second term in the AG’s office, while DeVore, a southern Illinois attorney in private practice, is trying to unseat him.
DeVore gained notoriety during the COVID-19 pandemic for filing numerous lawsuits, mostly unsuccessful, challenging the governor’s authority to issue multiple disaster declarations and to issue executive orders that included mask mandates and other mitigation measures. Among his clients in those suits was state Sen. Darren Bailey, the GOP nominee for governor.
“I think one of the things we’ve learned over the course of the last couple of years is that there was a fair question to be asked about the extent of the governor’s ability to issue some of those mandates,” DeVore said. “You know, you have some on one side of the conversation say he could absolutely do it. You had some that said he absolutely couldn’t. But I think we would all agree as intellectual people there was a fair question.”
Raoul, however, defended his decisions and his support for Pritzker’s executive orders, saying the state was in the midst of a deadly pandemic and that he, himself, lost friends to the disease.
“I will agree with Mr. DeVore. It was a fair question to ask,” Raoul said. “But how many times you ask it is a fair question, too. It was asked and answered multiple times in multiple lawsuits. And the courts’ The two also clashed over the role of the attorney general’s office in prosecuting certain crimes, a decision that is traditionally left to locally elected state’s attorneys.
In particular, DeVore has been an outspoken critic of Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx, arguing she has refused to bring charges in felony theft cases that involve less than $1,000. He even said of Foxx at the Illinois State Fair, “she better get to prosecuting, or we’ll find a way to prosecute her,” raising questions about whether he would use the office to target his political opponents.
The following information was taken from the Twitter account of the Champaign County Clerk.
OCT 11 Paper voter registration closes! OCT 12 Grace period or same day voter registration and voting opens! Details on what you need to bring for same day registration and voting is at the link https://champaigncountyclerk.com/elections/register-vote…
On October 6, Illinois Public Media and WAND-TV hosted a debate between the IL-13th congressional candidates Regan Deering and Nikki Budzinski. There was live coverage on WILL-AM/FM/TV from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The debate was streamed on the Illinois Public Media Facebook page and YouTube channel. See more information on IPM's Election page. (YouTube link will be posted when available.)
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