Daily Dose: Local history, Big rainfall, school supts. on the move, specialty license plates, Guns Save Life in hot water, The Trump Steamroller ;)
In 1911, gas generated in grease storage tanks was responsible for an explosion at the Campbell packing plant at the Vermilion River and the Wabash Railroad tracks in Danville Monday night. The shock of the explosion was felt throughout Danville. Many homes were rocked, and dishes and bottles were taken down from shelves. At the gas house only a few hundred yards away, the shock was so severe that a wheel was torn from the shafting and considerable trouble resulted.
In 1961, a proposal to return to the “Sweet Sixteen” state high school basketball finals in Champaign has been rejected, 469-215, in a vote of the Illinois High School Association. High school principals expressed a preference for retaining the present tournament plan that has 16 sectional qualifiers playing final games at eight difference centers around the state, with eight teams advancing to Champaign. There was some sentiment to return to the Sweet Sixteen because the University of Illinois plans to open its new 16,00-seat Assembly Hall next year.
Champaign-Urbana is up to 6.55 inches of rain this month (the April normal is 3.65 inches), after 2.18 inches in the last 24 hours.
Today is the 11th consecutive day of rainfall in C-U. It has rained for 18 of 26 days this month.
Another school supt. on the move?
From the State Journal-Register ...
Springfield School Superintendent Walter Milton is one of three finalists under consideration to head the Little Rock, Ark., schools.
Milton reportedly was asked to apply for the position by Omaha, Neb.-based McPherson & Jacobson, a recruitment firm, and was not actively seeking the Little Rock superintendent position.
Milton did not return calls seeking comment Monday night. His five-year contract in Springfield expires June 30, 2014.
The Little Rock School Board chose the three finalists Monday night from among 17 initial applicants.
About specialty license plates
From the Daily Pantagraph ...
Whenever someone proposes doing away with the front license plate in Illinois, opponents rise up arguing that doing so would be make it more difficult for police and others to fight crime and identify evil-doers — from bank robbers in getaway cars to drivers leaving the scene of an accident.
So, why don’t we hear from the same people when someone proposes creation of another specialty plate in Illinois?
Among the few who has consistently spoke against the burgeoning number of license plate designs is former Pantagraph-area lawmaker Dan Rutherford, now state treasurer. He frequently cited the difficulty created for police by the multiple designs.
Back in the “good old days,” each state had one style of plate — one color for the background, one color for the letters and numbers. And people — especially police — prided themselves on being able to recognize the state of origin at a glance.
Now, Illinois alone has 91 specialty plates, recognizing special causes, favorite universities, even favorite sports teams, among other things. And there is no end in sight.
Guns Save Life in middle of controversy
From the State Journal-Register ...
Eight years ago, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals set up a display outside the Capitol as part of a national campaign it called “Holocaust on Your Plate.”
It paired photographs of prisoners in Nazi concentration camps with photos of animals in slaughterhouses. The photos bore slogans including, “To animals, all people are Nazis.”
Like many other observers, we found the display offensive, to put it mildly.
“(T)he Holocaust must never be used as a metaphor in advancing some other cause. To do so is to demean and belittle the horror and suffering its very name brings to mind,” we wrote in our April 25, 2003, editorial.
We were reminded of this issue last week when State Journal-Register columnist Bernard Schoenburg noticed a gun rights publication distributed in the Capitol using some especially striking Holocaust imagery on behalf of licensed gun owners in Illinois.
The April edition of GunNews, a free monthly newspaper published by Champaign County-based Guns Save Life, features a column from the Illinois Policy Institute that is critical of Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s decision that names of licensed gun owners in Illinois are public records. We have no problem with the column itself, which states that Madigan’s decision is “bad policy that could put guns into the hands of criminals, and give them a handy database of unarmed victims.” That’s been the consensus opinion of gun owners in Illinois and it’s hardly noteworthy at this point.
But GunNews did not merely reprint the column. It placed it beneath the headline, “Madigan’s List,” and illustrated it with a picture of the “Jude”-emblazoned Star of David patch that Jews living under Nazi rule frequently had to wear.
and the Sun-Times ...
This may rack up as one of the biggest stretches in logic of all times.
As well as one of the most offensive.
A Downstate gun-rights group this month compared an effort to publish the names of gun owners in Illinois with the tyrannical and fateful Nazi decision during World War II to force Jews to wear a gold Star of David, identifying them by their religion.
The analogy by the gun-rights group was prompted by a recent ruling by Attorney General Lisa Madigan that the names of residents with Firearm Owner ID cards must be made public.
“The slippery slope for the Jews in Germany began first with their identification, then disarmament then annihilation,” the group, Guns Save Life, wrote. “Under Madigan’s plan, Illinois gun owners will be identified publicly and will stand on the precipice of their own slippery slope towards ends unknown.”
Guns Save Life printed a picture of an Israeli Jewish star with the word “Armed” above it. Over the gold Star of David, it reads “Disarmed.”
The group’s twisted logic lays bare a profound disregard for historical truth. It was not the identification of Jews, or the loss of their firearms, that led to their deaths in the gas chambers. It was a maniacal government, supported by powerful cultural forces, that led to mass Jewish deaths.
Donald Trump's Illinois coordinators
From a press release ...
Draft Trump 2012 is excited to announce our Illinois Co-Coordinators, Michael LaPidus and Eric Johnson.
Michael LaPidus is President and Owner of Q Restaurant Group operating successful restaurants in Illinois. A man of the community, LaPidus serves as an executive board member of the Illinois Restaurant Association, past president of the La Grange Business Association, immediate past board member of Amandla Charter School in Chicago, member of the Governmental Affairs Committee of the West Suburban Chamber and Chairman of the Chicago 2011 Young Republican Meeting.
LaPidus is a lifelong resident of Chicago, an avid Republican Party participant with strong ties to the business and political communities.
Eric Johnson is a licensed attorney in Illinois and DeKalb Township Supervisor, representing approximately 45,000 residents. He has been an active Republican having served as NIU College Republican Chairman, DeKalb County Young Republican Chairman, and having represented Illinois on both the College and Young Republican National Boards.
Johnson has received recognition from the RNC for his work during the 2004 Bush re-election when he served as State Chairman of the Illinois College Republican Federation and Chairman of Students for Bush in Illinois. His prior elected experience includes time as a DeKalb County Board Member, DeKalb County Forest Preserve Commissioner, and Township Trustee.
"Like Donald Trump, I am a businessman who cares deeply about our nation; can make tough decisions but forge strategic partnerships like he does; create jobs and long term prosperity like he does and clearly realize that Washington needs a CEO that can get our nation back on track, on budget, on time and with success," said LaPidus.
"Michael and I look forward to forward to organizing Mr. Trump's Illinois efforts as we take the fight for the White House right into the President's backyard," said Johnson. "We are supporting Mr. Trump because, like millions of Americans, we are looking forward to election night in 2012 when we go to the polls and say, Mr. President: You're Fired!"
LaPidus and Johnson are join the Draft Trump 2012 Committee and will focus on building the Draft Trump 2012 Illinois network.