Daily dose: Local history, Cubs-Sox, Naomi Jakobsson & Chapin Rose, Al Reynolds, Illinois the last concealed carry holdout, high winds last night, state fair's giant slide available
In 1911, Indiana is going to show the people of Illinois, Missouri and Iowa an exposition of its automobile products. A state reliability run has been arranged with practically every automobile manufacturer from Indiana — the top auto-making state in the Union — represented. It is now expected that there will be 50 to 75 cars in the run, and the entire party will consist of more than 250 men. The cars will be expected to average 125 miles a day. The cars will leave Indianapolis on July 12 and are slated to be in Champaign at noon the following day.
In 1961, a legislative subcommittee called on Southern Illinois University to stop growing and spending in a race to become “the” university in Illinois. The legislators also told SIU to hold down its Edwardsville campus to the 1,000 acres already purchased instead of pursuing plans to acquire 2,000 acres. The legislative report said that SIU plans to spend $194 million for expansion in the next 10 years. “It is interesting to note,” the report said, “that $194 million is the equivalent of 21 private universities such as Bradley from ground up, including buildings, furnishings and equipment.”
From the Chicago Tribune ...
While the play on the field again deserved better, the Cubs and White Sox hit a new Chicago low for a second straight night.
Only 35,155 fans were announced for the second of the three-game City Series at U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday, almost 5,000 below capacity.
Jakobsson and Rose campaigns
From today's column in The News-Gazette ...
She’s about the only politician around these parts who hasn’t announced that she’s running, but state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, said Tuesday that she will seek another term in the Illinois House.
Jakobsson, who was elected to the General Assembly in 2002, will run for a sixth term in a Democratic district that may be even more Democratic after redistricting.
Because the population within her existing 103rd District grew so much, about 5,000 residents had to be lopped out of the 103rd and placed into other districts. So Jakobsson lost parts of Urbana, Savoy and Urbana Township and gained a bit of Champaign.
“It’s not a whole lot different from what I have now,” she said.
State Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said he’s been busy getting acquainted with voters in the new 51st Senate District, where he intends to run. The district, which includes all or parts of nine counties, has no incumbent senator.
So far Rose is the only announced candidate, and he’s rapidly rounded up prime Republican Party endorsements, including seven of the nine GOP party chairmen (the other two, in Macon and Edgar counties, don’t endorse).
Rose already represents parts of Champaign County, which has the greatest population base in the district
(23 percent) and is working hard in Macon County, which has 22 percent of the population. The remaining 55 percent is split among Vermilion, Piatt, Edgar, Douglas, DeWitt, Moultrie and McLean counties.
He put more than 400 miles on his car last week, touring the far-flung Senate district.
“We’re just going,” he said. “I’ve already got a lot of help from a lot of people.”
Al Reynolds still considering a rerun
Danville Republican Al Reynolds, who ran against Sen. Mike Frerichs in the 52nd Senate District race last year, said Tuesday he's still looking into running again in 2012.
"I haven't decided whether to run yet because my committee is still looking at this district that got so drastically changed by Mister Mike (Frerichs)," Reynolds said of the Legislature's redistricting process. "They must have given him free hand because when I looked at some of those precincts, it's like every one he lost in he wiped out in the new map. It made it pretty solid for him to be reelected."
Illinois the last concealed carry holdout
From The Capital Times ..
When Wisconsin’s law allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons goes into effect, Shawn Winrich is likely to take advantage of it. But if he does, he’ll do it grudgingly.
Winrich, a 34-year-old Madison resident and a member of the gun rights group Wisconsin Carry, likes to carry his Glock 17. He’s done it openly for about a year, but he doesn’t like the idea of paying a permit fee to carry it concealed.
“The bill is somewhat reasonable,” says Winrich. “But it still doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a violation of the constitutional rights that are secured by the state Constitution, which says (you can carry firearms for) ‘any lawful purpose’ and the U.S. Constitution says ‘these rights shall not be infringed.’ But yet the state still thinks it can regulate and impose a tax on guns. And that’s just not right.”
The law is not ideal in the eyes of the National Rifle Association and other gun groups, either.
They wanted a so-called “constitutional carry” system that allows anyone who can legally own a firearm to carry it without a permit. After it gained some legislative support, Gov. Scott Walker sank such a proposal by saying he wouldn’t sign a bill that didn’t require permitting and training. So those mandates are in the bill that passed the state Senate last week and passed the Assembly on Tuesday.
Nationally, in a 2005 USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll, 65 percent of Americans said they would feel less safe in a place that allows loaded, concealed weapons.
But the NRA is on a roll. The group is working tirelessly to get states to allow guns in virtually all public places. With Wisconsin off its list of states that ban concealed carry, Illinois is the lone holdout, and the battle there is intense. But even if Illinois falls, the push for gun rights is by no means over.
“The fight is never over, unfortunately,” says LaSorte. “There are always attacks that we have to deal with and always some rights we have to regain.”
60-mph winds around C-U last night?
From the National Weather Service ..
POWER POLE BLOWN DOWN AT 3RD STREET AND HIGHLAND BVLD.
0630 PM TSTM WND GST DANVILLE 40.14N 87.62W
06/21/2011 M60.00 MPH VERMILION IL EMERGENCY MNGR
MEASURED 60 MPH WIND GUST AT COUNTY COURTHOUSE.
0630 PM TSTM WND DMG DANVILLE 40.14N 87.62W
06/21/2011 VERMILION IL EMERGENCY MNGR
SEVERAL TREES BLOWN DOWN.
0632 PM TSTM WND GST URBANA 40.11N 88.21W
06/21/2011 E60.00 MPH CHAMPAIGN IL TRAINED SPOTTER
ESTIMATED 60 MPH WIND GUST.
0632 PM TSTM WND DMG URBANA 40.11N 88.21W
06/21/2011 CHAMPAIGN IL TRAINED SPOTTER
6 INCH DIAMETER TREE BRANCHES DOWN.
0635 PM TSTM WND GST LACON 41.02N 89.41W
06/21/2011 M61.00 MPH MARSHALL IL AWOS
LACON AWOS 61 MPH WIND GUST.
0636 PM TSTM WND GST 6 NW DANVILLE 40.21N 87.70W
06/21/2011 E60.00 MPH VERMILION IL EMERGENCY MNGR
ESTIMATED 60 MPH WIND GUST.
0640 PM TSTM WND DMG FARMER CITY 40.24N 88.64W
06/21/2011 DE WITT IL EMERGENCY MNGR
Who needs a big slide?
From the State Journal-Register ...
A guy can have only so much fun with a Giant Slide.
At least that’s how Dennis Herrington, who has been sole owner of the Giant Slide at the Illinois State Fairgrounds since 1995, sees it.
He’s now 57 years old, has had health problems and has no children at home to help him operate the iconic structure just inside the Main Gate of the fairgrounds.
So he’s hoping to sell it before this year’s fair starts in August.
“You don’t just go put a ‘for sale’ sign on it,” he said. Instead, he’s working with Prairie State Bank & Trust and through word of mouth to find a buyer. Asking price: $175,000.
The slide, which Herrington said is about 40 feet high and 130 feet long, was erected in 1968 by private owners. Pam Gray, state fair historian, said she wasn’t immediately sure who built the slide.