UIUC College Dems

This blog is published by the UIUC College Democrats. We focus on state and local politics, but are willing to discuss pretty much anything.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Frerichs to Announce Candidacy

Champaign County Auditor Mike Frerichs, a long time friend of the UIUC College Dems, will officially announce his candidacy for 52nd District State Senator at two events tommorow. The first will be in downtown Danville at 12:00pm and the second will be in front of the Champaign County Courthouse in downtown Urbana at 5:15pm. Frerichs is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. We'd like to have a good College Dems showing at the Urbana event, so please try to make it if you're free, or even if you're not free :) If you can attend, please e-mail Justin at cajindos@uiuc.edu

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Winkel Bows Out

This was a total stunner to pretty much everybody. Right-wing incumbent Republican State Senator Rick Winkel (R-Urbana) announced today that he will not run for reelection next year. Winkel had been expected to gear up soon for a tough reelection fight against popular Champaign County Auditor Mike Frerichs (D-Gifford). Winkel retirement rumors had been circulating for a while because of his low fundraising numbers, but they were never taken very seriously. Who will run in the Republican primary? Winkel doesn't really have an obvious heir apparent. Winkel mentions Rep. Bill Black (R-Danville), former Rep. Tom Berns (R-Urbana), Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden (R-Urbana), and former State Senator Judy Myers (R-Danville) as possibilities. Will any other Dems jump in? Let the rumors begin!

Friday, August 19, 2005

No Primary for Blago?

In the past few months, I've done a lot of posts about possible primary challengers for Blago. For a while, I thought that the right candidate could mount a credible challenge. Well, this, appears to be game, set, and match, for any prospective Dem guv pretenders. Last week, Speaker Madigan and Senate President Jones announced that they would be Co-Chairs of Rod's reelection campaign. State Rep. Lou Lang, claims that he's still considering a bid despite this development, although I think that he would be nuts to throw away his career for a long shot bid that would divide the party. I also think that a clear field for Rod is bad news for the 7 or so Repubs gearing up for what will be a bloodpath primary. Thoughts?