Two months prior to the November election, retiring Democrat Naomi Jakobsson has thrown her support behind her party’s nominee to succeed her.
The 103rd District State Representative from Urbana who has served since 2002 announced in a press release Monday she was backing candidate Carol Ammons.
It wasn’t clear if this would happen. Jakobsson endorsed Ammons’ opponent, Sam Rosenberg, in the March primary.
And Jakobsson’s husband, Urbana Alderman Eric Jakobsson, who serves with Ammons on the Urbana City Council, had criticized Ammons a few months earlier, for earning a degree from a London-based university he called a ‘diploma mill.’
Naomi Jakobsson said Ammons ‘will be an effective advocate for a progressive tax system that is an essential component of any solution to the state’s debt problem.’
She also touts Ammons’ efforts to reform the criminal justice system, and protecting women’s reproductive rights.
Ammons faces Champaign Republican Kristin Williamson November 4th.
Both are pursuing state office for the first time.
A democrat has long represented the 103rd district for the legislature in Illinois. Both Carol Ammons and Sam Rosenberg want to keep it that way. One of the two candidates will represent the district in the general election in the fall, but whomever that will be has to win the March 18 primary first. So far, Champaign county democrats have been divided.
Last week, Scott Cameron talked with Republican candidate Kristin Williamson, who is running unopposed. This hour on Focus, he talks with Ammons, an Urbana Alderwoman and Sam Rosenberg, a Champaign based attorney.
Do you have questions for Ammons or Rosenberg? Give us a call this hour on Focus or Tweet us @Focus580.
Naomi Jakobsson announced last fall that she would not be seeking reelection for her seat as state representative for the 103rd District in the Illinois House of Representatives. As the primary election draws closer, we’ve heard a lot from democratic candidates Carol Ammons and Sam Rosenberg. Kristin Williamson, the Republican vying for Jakobsson’s seat, will also be on the ballot and is running unopposed. She joins Scott Cameron for the first half of this hour on Focus.
Then, Tom Kacich, reporter for the News-Gazette, and Brian Mackey, statehouse reporter for Illinois Public Radio, join the show. We’ll talk about the race for the 103rd district and will find out about other primaries around the state that are worth paying attention to this spring.
Do you have questions for Kristin Williamson? Give us a call, tweet us @Focus580 or send us an email!
From WILL - News Local/State - February 22, 2014 9:11 AM
I am a social worker by trade. However, my real life's work is community activism, social justice and political awareness. I'm married to a wonderful man, have three children and work with wonderful people in my community to help create a better more informed society.
Christmas is a time of peace and joy, right? Well that depends on who you're asking. So, what is this thing called Christmas? Traditionally, Christmas has been said to be the day Jesus was born. Myth. Scripturally and scientifically it has been proven that Christ could not have been born in December.
Further research leads us to conclude that the origin of Christmas is rooted in idolatry and paganism. The pagans celebrated the winter solstice as the Unconquered Sun. After this day, the Sun would begin to stay in the sky longer each day, and there would be less cold, and less night; the Sun would win the battle of night and day. There would be feasts, evergreens would be brought into the house to be decorated and lighted with candles to pay tribute to the Sun.
Both the Sun worshipers and the Christians saw the solstice/birthday as a transition from darkness to light. Christ conquered the darkness, as did the Sun. Since the theme was similar, the traditions of one blended well with the other.
Clear instructions are given to Christians about idol worshipping in Jeremiah 10. In a country where religion is used to enslave human beings for economic gain, it certainly stands to reason that the exploitation of American citizens through religious fervor and commercialization would blend.
As we gasp for air beneath the pre-Christmas avalanche of retailers battling for the pounds in our pockets, this fine yuletide tradition is followed closely by yet another great tradition: the annual debt. Retailers get about a quarter of their revenue during this period. The complete control of people has been and will always be through means of advertising. The company, group or organization that is most effective in capturing the minds of the masses with their advertising schemes wins the "coin in the fishes' mouth."
In a span of about three minutes I saw six commercials advertising the "joy of the season", the spirit of giving, sharing, caring and a whole host of so-called expressions of holiday cheer. The season for giving may well also be a season of financial peril for many families this year. Why are we going in debt for one day?
Maybe if we were all a little more realistic and a lot less materialistic, this wouldn't even be an issue. Holiday symbols are used both to dramatize and to ritualize shopping. Holidays and festivals are superb commercial opportunities for greedy merchants, legal money launderers, gospel manipulators. We run out and spend money we don't have on stuff we don't need.
The solution to this problem is a no-brainer. Stop trying to keep up with the Joneses. It's just keeping you down. A word to the wise, The Sayings of Amon Ra urges us to "Guard against habit, overindulgence and lack of self-control." Don't let the greedy merchants steal your Christ.