This item is quoted from a post on Smile Politely.
"Yesterday, the three superintendent candidates for Unit 4 gave presentations to the community. A recording of those presentations is available here. The district is encouraging community members to offer their impressions of each candidate by filling out a feedback form. The form will remain open through Sunday. The candidates will have final interviews with the Board on Tuesday, the 19th, then the selection will be made at a Board meeting on January 21st. "
Early voting starts today (1/14/21) for the 2021 Primary Election. Voting is taking place at Brookens Admin Center- Lyle Shields room (County Board room) 1776 E Washington St Urbana IL 61802. For more voter and election info please visit http://champaigncountyclerk.com There's also a lot of general information on the League's Voting pages.
The information below is adapted from a News-Gazette article.
The upcoming April 6 election for municipal, school distrcit and other local offices will have fewer polling places than in last fall's November 3 general election. County Clerk Aaron Ammons has cut the number from 86 to 48.
Ammons cited cost savings and reduced exposure for judges to Covid-19. He stressed that the reduction in the number of polling places was not a sign he is trying to suppress voting. “We went from 95 polling locations (in 2016) to 86 and we still increased the turnout by 3,343 votes, the highest turnout in the history of Champaign County,” Ammons said. “I know a lot of people talk about voter suppression when you do consolidations like this.
There will be a full complement of Early Voting sites for the February 23 Primary Election. Early voting for the Primary starts on January 14, 2021 at the Brookens Administrative Center gymnasium, 1776 E. Washington St., Urbana.
For more details, see the News-Gazette story.
Below is a January 8 message from the Board President of the League of Women Voters at the national level today. See their website for more information on the League position.
"Last night, the full LWVUS and LWVEF boards met to consider the events of this week and unanimously voted to call for the removal of President Trump from the office of the president.
"And this afternoon, we issued an action alert for people to call their senators and ask them to support impeachment.
"This was an unprecedented decision for our organization. As a respected, 100-year-old nonpartisan institution, the League’s action represents the grave and extraordinary nature of this moment in history. The world we live in is fundamentally different after the events of January 6.
"Donald Trump showed himself to be a dangerous agitator with the power and will to upend our democracy by force. He is a threat to our republic and to our national security.
"We know that this decision will be controversial, but this moment in history demands we protect and defend our democracy. We cannot stand silent as the actions of President Trump this week have demonstrated he is unfit for office. We will not endure the next two weeks and the potential for further damage to our democracy and the world. It is time to remove him from office by any legal means possible, which is why LWVUS supports both impeachment and the 25th Amendment as viable options to ensure safety of Americans and preservation of our republic.
"The statement we issued this morning was not a partisan one. As we made clear in the statement, we support the processes that would remove Donald Trump and install Mike Pence as president for the remainder of the term. On January 21, we are hosting a webinar how our nonpartisan and DEI policies intersect and how to navigate them during hyper-partisan times. We welcome everyone to attend.
"All of you, our members across the country and around the world, have joined this organization because you believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy. Today, we ask you to stand together in this decision to defend democracy as we have for 100 years.
Dr. Deborah Ann Turner
Board President, LWVUS"
The following text is from the U.S. League of Women Voters. It can be found here on the national website.
1/6/2021WASHINGTON – Today the League of Women Voters of the United States president Dr. Deborah Turner, CEO Virginia Kase, and the full board of directors issued the following statement in response to the violent demonstrations at the U.S. Capitol:
“This is a dark day in the history of the United States of America. Today’s activity on Capitol Hill should have been a procedural exercise to finalize the 2020 election. Instead, our nation's Capitol was attacked by domestic terrorists seeking to invalidate the will of the people.
“The actions by these terrorists have no impact on the results of the election. This violent mob was encouraged by an outgoing president who lost re-election in a free and fair election.
“Donald Trump has emboldened and empowered violent agitators, perpetuated dangerous conspiracy theories, and dishonored the office of the President. Furthermore, the members of Congress who continuously lie to the American people about the proven legitimacy of this election are also responsible for today’s horrific events. There is blood on their hands.
“The League of Women Voters of the United States calls on President Donald Trump to concede the election immediately. We call on all members of Congress to respect the certification process, condemn the actions of these terrorists, and support a peaceful inauguration on January 20th.”
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The February 23 Primary Election is approaching and so are the Candidate Forums sponsored the League of Women Voters, NAACP of Champaign County and the News-Gazette. This year, the Forums will be recorded in advance and posted on the League's website and YouTube site on January 12.
Do you have a question to ask the candidates? See the Ask the Candidates form and enter your question by January 5th. This year, you can also email your question or leave a voice mail message at (815) 450-9658.
The Candidate Forums are a great way to get a sense of which candidates you might want to vote for. Watch this space for more announcements!
The follow is based on email received from Aaron Ammons, Champaign County Clerk.
Yes, we just finished an election but it's already time for another one! There is a Consolidated Primary Election on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021. Consolidated elections are focused on municipalities, villages, councils, school boards, and many other very important local government bodies. This election is just as important as the presidential.
This is your opportunity to determine who represents you on crucial matters like local taxes, school board policies, economic development strategy, and much more. Please request your vote by mail ballot now to ensure your voice is heard.
Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons has posted preliminary 2021 primary election information on the Clerk's website:
Where is there a primary election February 23?
Who can vote in these primaries? Registered and eligible voters in the cities of Champaign and Urbana.
What are voters' options for this election?
Candidate filing periods have not ended, so this information may be updated.
This information was adapted from a County Clerk Twitter post.
The County Clerk's website archives historical data from 1969 through the November 3, 2020 election. Click on County Summary or Precinct Results to see all the data for the November 3 general election.