Wednesday, January 09, 2008
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[January 09, 2008]  The forum this morning drew a number of local contested and uncontested candidates out to speak, as well as two of the three 18th District Congressional candidates.

Locally, there are three contested races, all republican, set for this Feb. 5 primary.

Current states attorney Timothy J. Huyett is being challenged by county board member and lawyer for the Illinois State Police, Michael McIntosh.

County Board District #2 has Richard “Dick” Logan, currently serving on the board, and Janet “Jan” Schumacher seeking that one seat.

County Board District #4 has a three way contention between George M. Mitchell, current board member; David R. Hepler, a past board member that left due to an change in address, and new comer Nathan Turner.

Of the above, only Mitchell was not present to speak.

The candidates were each given three minutes to present themselves and their positions. Then they were given a question and answer period.

Most of the questions directed to the candidates were about how they would help improve the future of Logan County, whether it was economy, crime or improvements.

However, Huyett was questioned more personally on several of his actions acting as states attorney; the possible prosecution of a local lawyer, releasing certain sensitive information to the public and reportedly not prosecuting cases with “good arrests.”

He responded in full to each of the issues.

Business owners present asked for more help collecting on bad debts that some downtown merchants said are killing their businesses.

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McIntosh agreed to finding and adopting a program, should he be elected.

Interested in representing Logan County in Washington as U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood retires from his 18th Congressional seat were Jim McConoughey and John Morris.

McConoughey has a diverse background that lends well to the position sought, but his greatest asset is in his economic development skill. On his entry into private industry, he and his partners began by building three hotels, which became 211 hotels in 10 years.

Morris claims a he’s conservative for less government with eight years on the Peoria City Council. He says he would take the local official experience to Washington. His number one emphasis would be safety and security of the U.S.
[See Jim for Congress]

Two prominent currents flowed during the candidate presentations this morning.
1) A concern for building economy and securing a future with jobs for our children
2) And protection from crime and world evils.

All recognized the commitment, the willingness to take on the long days and long hours of meetings, including today’s 7:30 a.m. gathering, of a public servant. Each expressed interest in listening to people and working with their constituents to do the job.

The forum was filmed by Integrity Data and will become available on the chamber website at

[Jan Youngquist]


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