Daily dose -- Christmas tree bonfire, Oldest Illinoisan dies, Baylor's excuses, Playing the race card

Daily dose -- Christmas tree bonfire, Oldest Illinoisan dies, Baylor's excuses, Playing the race card

Local history

In 1910, Champaign County Coroner J.V. Swearingen declared that the case of an unknown man, whose body was found in the woods a mile south of Rantoul to be a murder. A bullet hole was found through his left cheek. The body was found by two brothers out hunting. It was removed to Rantoul and the village became wildly excited, a crowd of more than 100 gathering in front of the undertaking establishment to which the corpse had been conveyed.

In 1960,  members of the Garden Hills Cub Scouts will collect Christmas trees in the Garden Hills and Dobbins Downs areas Jan. 7 in cooperation with the Boy Scouts and Jaycees for the annual Christmas tree burning ceremony on Jan. 8. Trees to be picked up should be left on front lawns.

State's oldest resident dies

From the Chicago Tribune ...

"An Evanston woman believed to be the oldest resident of Illinois has died at the age of 111.

Authorities say Evelyn Margaret Ralston died in her sleep Wednesday at an Evanston nursing home.

"The Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group says Ms. Ralston was believed to be the 17th oldest person in the United States and the 52nd oldest in the world."


Why Baylor lost to Illinois

From the Houston Chronicle ...

"The blown lateral, in fact, was a perfect symbol for Baylor’s night. The Bears breezed to the Illinois 19 on their opening possession before Griffin threw high to running back Jarred Salubi and Bellamy picked up the loose ball.
“'(Salubi) said he didn’t see it,' Griffin said. 'There’s no excuse. It’s his fault. It’s my fault. It’s both of our fault.'
"And it wasn’t a one-shot failure for the Bears, whose first-half struggles looked a lot like those experienced by Reliant’s regular tenants this NFL season. Griffin completed 30 of 41 passes for 306 yards, most of them on screens and short passes, but he was continually unable to hit receivers downfield who said they also lost track of the ball against the lights of the closed roof.
“'I knew the lights would be a problem. They are every time you come into a new arena,' Griffin said. 'We had some miscues.'”


Is anyone surprised by this -- in Chicago politics?

From the Washington Post ...

"Some members of Chicago's black political class are a wee bit ticked that former president Bill Clinton is getting involved in the impending mayor's race by doing a campaign event next month for former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. I get it. If you don't have the Big Dog in your corner, you don't want anyone else to have him, either. But the public pique of two black mayoral aspirants -- Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D) -- and their race appeal is petty, annoying and will come back to bite them.

"Davis acknowledged Clinton's right to campaign for whomever he wants, but added this obnoxious warning:

"The African-American community has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Clintons, however, it appears as though some of that relationship may be fractured and perhaps even broken should former president Clinton come to town and participate overtly in efforts to thwart the legitimate political aspirations of Chicago's Black community.

"Braun concurred by picking at the scab that is the 2008 Democratic primary in South Carolina.

"He's made these gaffes affecting, touching on his relationship with the African-American community....I think he'd be more sensitive than to weigh in on a race like this, from afar, given the support that community has given him in the past.

"Good grief, people. Get over it."









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