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,
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
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
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
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.
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Two prominent currents flowed during the candidate presentations
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.
forum was filmed by Integrity Data and will become available on the
chamber website at www.lincolnillinois.com.
[By JAN YOUNGQUIST]