As the Holidays and New Year’s celebrations wind down, we must turn our attention to the 2022 Election Cycle.
This year, because the 2020 Census results have been finalized, all Champaign County Board seats are up for election. In addition, all members of the US House of Representatives, Illinois House of Representatives, the Governor of Illinois, one US Senate seat, the Champaign County Executive, County Clerk, Sheriff and Treasurer are also up for election.
Voices: What you need to know about Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) and our Community Safety.
By Dean Hazen
I’ve been in law enforcement for 28 years collectively. Fifteen of those years were spent serving the city of Urbana. I also served on the Urbana City Council for three years. I have lived in Urbana for the past 21 years where I have raised my family. I am currently a Police Chief at a college located in Macon County.
I’m writing this article because I feel compelled to do something about the absolutely unacceptable homicide rate in Champaign and Urbana, specifically gun violence. During my 15 years at Urbana, it was a bad year when we experienced one or two homicides per year. We are currently at eight! More alarming is the confirmed 98 shots fired calls!
Champaign is at 16 homicides and 15 were from gun fire. Note that I said “confirmed” which means there are really many more. “Confirmed” means we found the shell casings etc. so we know that it happened; we know it wasn’t fireworks.
We Need You! For Fair Elections
By Kathy Young
Have you been thinking about ways to volunteer for the good of your community? The Champaign County GOP (CCGOP) is looking to fill positions for Election Judges and Pollwatchers for the General Primary election which takes place on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. We want to be sure that we have fully trained individuals for this and future elections.
Local groups for Young Republicans, Active Senior Republicans and Republican Women of Champaign County continue to grow and stay active and involved in the community. The groups meet most months and often have guest speakers. We'd love to see you at one of our group meetings!
At the October 21, 2021 Champaign County Board meeting, a discussion about ARPA funding (the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021) led to questions about best practices for programs requesting funding, and a suggestion that an effective grant application process be required to ensure that programs are fully staffed and able to implement use of funds.
Due to input from the community we will be postponing "An Evening with the Candidates" - originally scheduled for December 1, 2021, with the goal to better align the timing with the 2022 election cycle.
The new date will bypass the busy holiday season and allow for greater community participation and increased visibility for the candidates.
We will be announcing a new date and event details soon. We hope that you will be able to attend and support your local candidates.
There are lots of ways you can be a part of the local Republican party and make a difference in our community and help us win upcoming elections. You don't have to make a huge commitment to make a difference! Here are some ways to get involved:
State Sen. Chapin Rose is pushing The Fund the Police Act in the face of what he sees as rising violent crime rates across the downstate area.
"Downstate communities, including Champaign and Decatur, are experiencing unprecedented levels of violent crime,” Rose said in a post to his website. “The Fund the Police Act will put resources where they are needed most: getting more boots on the ground to fight violent crime, funding police training, incentivizing the hiring and retention of police officers, helping to offset local governments’ police overtime costs and helping to tackle mental health issues, which contribute to the overall problem.”
The CCGOP has several sub groups who meet monthly to discuss issues, plan activities and enjoy fellowship with like-minded individuals. These include the Republican Women’s Group (RWCC), the Active Senior Republicans (ASR) and the Young Republicans (YR). Look here for meeting and event dates.
The Republican members of the County Board members are working hard for our community. While they are outnumbered 14 to 8, they are a strong, dedicated group who care deeply about the many issues facing our county.