NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE AND NOMINATION PROCEDURES
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY CORONER
This notice is to inform the public of the resignation of Champaign Coroner Duane Northrup effective December 1, 2023. Duane has served the people of Champaign County for more than 22 years as Champaign County Coroner with distinction and professionalism.
The Champaign County Republican Party will be accepting applications from those who live within the boundaries Champaign County to be considered for nomination to serve Coroner Northrup’s remaining term, ending November 30, 2024. The elected Precinct Committeepersons of the Champaign County Republican Party will make this selection.
Interested persons should email their completed application to [email protected]. Applications will be due by Friday, December 15, 2023, at 6pm.
The Champaign County Republican Party will host a Special Meeting of Precinct Committpersons on Saturday, January 13, 2024, 2:00PM, at Hensley Township Building 3001 W, Hensley Rd., Champaign, IL 61822 to select the party’s nominee for the vacant position of County Coroner.
Applicants will be given the opportunity to speak and answer questions in front of the voting Precinct Committeepersons. Voting will take place following this question and answer period. Only elected Precinct Committeepersons will be present for voting – all guests and candidates will be asked to leave during the vote.
The name of nominee of the Champaign County Republican Party will then be forwarded to the Champaign County Board Chairperson to be voted on and confirmed by the full Champaign County Board at their regular meeting on January 18, 2024, 6:30PM, Champaign County Board Shields-Carter Meeting Room, Brookens Administration Center 1776 E Washington St, Urbana, IL 61802. The appointed County Coroner’s term will begin immediately upon confirmation by the County Board.
“We cannot repeat the mismanagement and failure to perform that takes place too often in Champaign County government today. Just look at the election of a disinterested Democrat County Treasurer in 2018, and subsequent appointments of multiple unqualified and incapable Democrat replacements. The County Coroner will be working with families that in many cases are facing unimaginable sadness. The Champaign County Republican Party will ensure that the next Coroner is a capable, qualified, caring, and compassionate office holder, just like Duane Northrup has been,” said Jim McGuire, County Republican Chairman.
Thank you for your consideration of serving the people of Champaign County as the County Coroner.
This notice is to inform the public of the resignation of Jim Goss from his seat on the Champaign County Board - District 1. Jim has served Champaign County for over 10 years on the County Board, local governments, through farming and farm management. His over 10 years of service and dedication to the residents of Champaign County on the county board will be missed.
The Champaign County Republican Party will be accepting applications from those who live within County Board District 1’s boundaries to be considered for nomination by the Elected Precinct Committee-people within the CB district 1. Applications for nomination must be filed by email to [email protected] by Tuesday October 10th at 6pm (See nomination application criteria below).
The Champaign County Republican Party will host a Special Meeting on Thursday Oct, 12th at 5:30PM at Hensley Township Building 3001 W, Hensley RD Champaign IL 61822. A meeting in which the Elected Precinct Committee-people within County Board District 1 will choose the party’s nominee for the open County Board seat. Applicants will be given the opportunity to speak and answer questions in front of the voting Precinct Committee-people. The vote will take place in private - applicants will be asked to leave the location when the vote occurs.
If nominated by the Elected Precinct Committee-people within County Board District 1, the nominee will then be voted on and confirmed by the Full Champaign County Board at their regular meeting on Oct, 19th at 6:30PM at Champaign County Board Shields-Carter Meeting Room, Brookens Administration Center 1776 E Washington St, Urbana, IL 61802
Thank you for your consideration of serving the people of Champaign County on the County Board.
The residents and voters deserve good representation in our government - our party intends to nominate the applicant that can best provide that representation.
Nomination application procedures are listed below.
Champaign County GOP
Nomination Application Criteria:
- What is your history in service to the people of Champaign County, inside and outside of government?
- What is your involvement, experience and knowledge of the operation and responsibilities of the Champaign County Board to the public?
- What experience, training, or education would you bring to the County Board, including any other public offices that you have been elected to?
- What would you like to change to improve the county government’s service to the people of Champaign County, specifically the residents of County Board District 1?
- If you were to hold the office, what will be your top three priorities?
- In the past 5 years, what have you done to support the activities and priorities of the Champaign County Republican Party?
- Moving forward, what will you commit to doing to grow the Champaign County Republican Party?
- Will you sign a pledge to never support a Democratic candidate for any public office?
- If nominated by the Champaign County Republican Party, you will fill the balance of Jim Goss's County Board District 1 seat term ending in January of 2025. Do you plan to run for re-election to fill the County Board District 1 seat for the next election, a 4 year term starting in January of 2025?
- Are you prepared to begin circulating petitions for re-election as soon as October of 2023?
- What financial resources are you willing to commit to running a successful re-election campaign?
- If applicable, please describe the type of campaigning you have done in the past for other political offices. How active were you as a candidate? Were you able to organize people behind your campaign?
- Regardless if you have run for office before, will you commit to being an active campaigner and doing the work of persuading the 3,000+ persuadable voters in the district? Will you assist the Champaign County Republican Party in recruiting Republican voters to join the party and get involved to turnout more Republican voters? How do you plan on doing this?
I am enjoying February in Illinois. Despite the news that Punxsutawney Phil – “the legendary groundhog weather watcher” – woke up and saw his shadow on that February 2nd morning, calling for six more weeks of winter. Maybe that cute little Punxsutawney rodent is wrong. The surprisingly warm and sunny February days provide joy to the soul. Can this possibly be February!
Besides annual predictions from a rodent (groundhog), we have Lincoln’s birthday,
Washington’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and Clean Monday. Also, the Super Bowl – Yeah! And of course, the annual State of the Union Address.
February comes from the Latin word februa, which means “to cleanse.” The month was named after the Roman Februalia, which was a month-long festival of purification and atonement that took place this time of year.
D.C needs a though cleaning.
A lot has changed since the November election. Below are highlights (or lowlights) of what has happened and what most likely will happen. Bonus: Also, as you read below you will discover what is the official snake of Illinois.
At the local level:
- Scott Bennett, State Senator for the 52nd District passed away unexpectedly. District 52 represents a portion of Champaign County and Vermillion County. After his funeral the knives came out quickly. Better angels prevailed and City of Champaign Township Assessor Paul Faraci was appointed to take his place.
- Tom Bennett, Scott’s uncle, was appointed as the new State Senator for District 53, to take Jason Barickman’s (R-Bloomington) place. Tom, 66 years old, has served as a representative in the 106th district since 2015. He is an advocate for 2nd Amendment Rights, low taxes, and being pro-life.
- Family law attorneys filed some 85 requests to have newly elected Judge Beckett taken off their cases. (The county is missing Judge Sam Limentato.)
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. I love the turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie with too much whipped cream - but remembering to be thankful is what I enjoy most about Thanksgiving.
I am so grateful for our wonderful candidates and their families who worked hard running for offices to represent all of us. Our candidates ran on real issues to improve public safety and be accountable to the public to improve public service.
Tami Fruhling-Voges, Traci Bosch and Emily Brown make up our election integrity committee which is a very important as we go in to the 2022 general election.
I want to introduce myself as the newly elected Chairman of the Champaign County Republican Party. First, let me thank the Champaign County Precinct Committeepersons for their trust in me, shown in their unanimous vote to elect me as GOP Party Chair.
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2022 State and Local Candidates for the Republican Party (including primary winners) are listed in the tables below. Candidate's websites are linked to names when available.