In May of last year, Ann Callis abruptly stepped down as Madison County’s chief circuit judge in May of last year, after serving 18 years on the bench. The Democrat says it's time to use her experience to help people in new ways - in Illinois' 13th Congressional District.
The Democrat said it was time to 'use her experience to help people in new ways' when stepping down last year.
She entered what became a crowded field for the office, facing two other Democrats, and three Republicans, including incumbent Rodney Davis.
Calls to institute term limits in Illinois have gained traction in the race for governor, helped along by a well-funded campaign that seeks to limit how long politicians can serve in the state legislature. A freshman Congressman says he supports the effort ... but only to a degree.
Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13) says he has not yet signed the petition that calls for limiting members of the Illinois General Assembly to eight year terms. But he says that he would.
Davis, a Republican from Taylorville, says he also backs term limits for Congress, at least in concept.
A veterinarian from Illinois’ Metro East area is making a third primary bid for Congress. Michael Firsching previously ran for the state's old 19th Congressional district, and lost a primary 2012 bid for the 13th district.
He lost to Congressman John Shimkus in 2010, and he was defeated in 2012 by former 13th District Congressman Tim Johnson of Urbana. This year, Firsching is in a field of six candidates, three from each major party, including Republican incumbent Rodney Davis of Taylorville.
Over the last few weeks, you’ve heard from Congressional candidates running in Illinois' 13th District. There are three Republicans and three Democrats seeking their party's nomination.
Champaign Democrat David Green works as a social policy analyst with the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Green said he believes Congress functions well for 1 percent of Americans.
He told Sean Powers that he feels he can bring a voice to Washington that is more representative of the rest of the country.
Over the next few weeks, you'll be hearing from Congressional candidates running in Illinois' 13th District. There are three Republicans and three Democrats seeking their party's nomination.
Attorney Erika Harold (R-Urbana) is making her second run for Congress. Two years ago, she tried to replace former Congressman Tim Johnson on the ballot after Johnson announced plans to retire from politics. But Republican Party chairs instead chose incumbent Rodney Davis.
Harold talks with Sean Powers about her campaign and what she hopes to accomplish.
A Springfield man wants to join the race for the 13th Congressional District. Josh Dill wants to run as a third party candidate. He's formed the Lincoln Liberty Party.
The 30 year old, who works full time as a Wells Fargo loan officer, says he hears dissatisfaction among voters with both Democrats and Republicans.
"And everyone I talked to said they always vote for the lesser of two evils, for the most part. What we wanted to do was give everybody an option to vote for someone they actually believed as opposed who was better out of the two," Dill says.
A day into the federal government shutdown, it's already turning into campaign fodder for next year's election.
Congressman Rodney Davis is facing competition from both sides as he aims to hold onto his central Illinois seat. The Taylorville Republican is looking at a primary challenge from former Miss America Erika Harold; three candidates are trying for the Democratic nomination: University of Illinois physicist George Gollin, U of I social policy analyst David Green and former Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis.
Another Democrat is joining what is becoming a crowded field of candidates for Illinois' 13th Congressional District seat. David Green of Champaign said Monday that he will run in the Democratic Party primary. He joins University of Illinois physicist George Gollin and retired Edwardsville judge Ann Callis. Green is a 63-year-old social policy analyst at the University of Illinois' Center for Prevention Research and Development. He told The News-Gazette in Champaign that he's anti-war and hopes to appeal to leftists and anti-war libertarians.
Nafia Khan (in duck suit) and DCCC organizer Lauren North were on the Illinois State Fairgrounds for Republican Day. They accuse Congressman Rodney Davis of "ducking" constituents, something his spokesman dismisses as "political funny season."
Political campaigns are gearing up for next year's elections. So, too, are political pranksters.
Congressman Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, has lately found himself being shadowed by a giant duck.
Technically it's a woman in a duck suit: "Uh, yes, it is very warm in the duck costume."
This is Nafia Khan. She and a handful of other activists are on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, holding signs that accuse Congressman Davis of "ducking" constituents. They say he's not holding any town hall meetings.