Daily Dose: Local history, Obesity, Dry July, Pat Quinn to the Rescue, Des Plaines Casino
In 1911, the home of John Sallers on North Cunningham Avenue in Urbana was destroyed by fire this morning. The house was owned by the Sheldon Brick Company. Sallers’ property was uninsured but he succeeded in saving everything inside except for a new range hat that cost $50, some kitchen utensils and some canned fruit. As there is no water main in that part of the city, the fire department was helpless after the chemical was exhausted. People in that section of the city have petitioned the city council for a water main but the matter has always been put off on account of cost.
In 1961, Champaign County Courthouse remodeling should be getting into full swing next week and office switches will start. The key move was made when Sheriff William Fairchild moved his brood into the county jail annex. With that all the offices on the third floor — the county nurse, the county probation officer and the county auditor — can move. Then remodeling of the third floor into two courtrooms can begin.
Obesity affects longevity?
From the Vancouver Sun ...
For the first time in decades, the young adults of today might live shorter lives than previous generations, a new study suggests. The cause: rising rates of obesity.
To come up with the result, researchers used new statistical tools to predict the number of deaths from obesity-related illnesses in a collaboration between the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Utah State University and the University of Illinois-Chicago.
The team found that the new tools accurately predicted the increase in deaths from coronary heart disease observed in young men over the past decade. Over the same time period, older methods for predicting death rates continued to paint a sunny picture of improving health and longer lives for Americans of all ages.
Dry month so far
The Illinois State Water Survey reports that, ghalfway through July, Champaign-Urbana has received only .43 of an inch of rain.
Average July preciptation is 4.67 inches.
Quinn rescues defeated Democrats
From the Chicago Tribune ...
While the political adage holds that to the winner go the spoils, under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, even some losers have done very well.
Take Dan Seals. He failed three times to win a North Shore congressional seat, and his tax returns showed he mostly spent his time campaigning instead of working.
Following November's defeat, Quinn hired him as a $121,029-a-year assistant director in the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Seals joined a host of other Democratic castaways who've landed on the state payroll after losing bids for Congress and the General Assembly. Friends and family of Democrats with clout also have found themselves with paid appointments to state panels.
Hiring the connected is not new. But for Quinn, embracing legal political patronage contrasts with his long-running message of populist reform that attacks the way insiders do the people's business.
Des Plaines casino to open Monday
From the Chicago Tribune ...
Sitting on one of the most desirable gambling sites in the country outside of Las Vegas and Atlantic City, observers say, Rivers Casino is positioned to draw not only customers from other casinos, but newcomers from Chicago and the suburbs, conventioneers, and travelers passing through nearby O'Hare International Airport.
Industry consultants say the new casino is a sure bet to be successful, even in a down industry and a struggling economy. But proposed legislation to add five new casinos in Illinois, including Chicago, means the clock is ticking.
Consultants say the newcomer has a window of opportunity – perhaps two years – to establish an upscale client base to sustain it no matter what other venues come along.
That explains why Midwest Gaming and Entertainment LLC, which owns the casino, is positioning the casino on the Vegas model, with one telling ad slogan among many: "We are not a riverboat."