Daily dose: Local history, UI enrollment trend, Chicago casino tax break, Pawlenty backs Romney

Daily dose: Local history, UI enrollment trend, Chicago casino tax break, Pawlenty backs Romney

Local history

In 1911, there will be a baseball game at 2:30 p.m. Friday at League Park between the city fathers of Champaign and Urbana. The game between the aldermen of the two cities will be for the benefit of the Cunningham orphanage. The admission is 25 cents. Let everyone come out and have a good laugh.

In 1961, long-needed street paving was authorized by the Champaign County Board of Supervisors. The board approved paving Kirby Avenue from Prospect to Mattis avenues, and Mattis from Church Street to Bradley Avenue. Both are projected to become major thoroughfares and have been in bad condition for years because of increasingly heavy traffic.

Interesting University of Illinois enrollment trend

From Sunday's News-Gazette column ...

"This year’s enrollment figures, however, represent a bold move by the university, almost a gesture of defiance toward the governor and Legislature.
The Urbana campus has an overall record enrollment, and record international and out-of-state enrollments, but the number of students from Illinois has dropped.
If you’re going to cut our appropriation, university officials seem to be saying, then we’re looking elsewhere for more reliable income.
It’s hard to blame them.
Tuition and fees this year for an in-state student at Illinois range between $14,414 and $19,238. For an out-of-state student, it can be almost twice that amount ($28,556 to $33,380). For an international student, it’s even more ($29,056 to $37,528).
An extra $15,000 in tuition and fees from each international undergraduate student now at the UI yields about $62 million a year.
At the Urbana campus this fall the number of international students increased to 8,009, up from 7,223 last fall, a 9.8 percent increase. (About 4,100 of the international students are undergraduates.)
The number of out-of-state students at Urbana increased from 3,511 last year to 3,812 this year.
But the number of sons and daughters of Illinois on the Urbana campus dropped — from 29,070 last fall to 28,729 this fall.
The other UI campuses reported a similar trend.
At the UI’s Springfield campus, overall enrollment dropped by 37 students, but the number of international and out-of-state students was up. The number of in-state students decreased by about 170.
At the UI Chicago, overall enrollment increased from 27,209 last fall to 27,580 this fall, but the number of in-state students was down — from 24,027 last fall to 23,927 this fall.
Coincidence? I don’t think so."

Tax break for Chicago casino?

From the Chicago Sun-Times ...

"Little discussed in the massive gambling expansion approved earlier this year by the Illinois Legislature were new tax breaks for casinos, the main beneficiary of which would be the planned city-owned casino in Chicago.

"While every casino would see a tax reduction, the one-of-a-kind tax structure endorsed by lawmakers reserves the most favorable treatment for the most prosperous casinos.

"The effect is that Illinois would collect tens of millions of dollars less annually than it would under current state tax rates from the casino expected to be the most profitable of them all — Chicago’s first gambling palace.

"Instead of today’s progressive gaming tax rate that starts at 15 percent and peaks at 50 percent of gross receipts for the highest-earning casinos, the new graduated rates would peak at 40 percent, then start back down again to a low of 20 percent for casinos bringing in more than $350 million a year from slot machines. For the first time, the legislation would also create a separate, lower tax structure for table games such as poker and blackjack."


Pawlenty backs Romney

From The New York Times ...

Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Monday, making the announcement on Fox News hours before the Republican presidential candidates gather in Florida for another debate.

Mr. Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota who ended his quest for the Republican nomination last month, chose Mr. Romney over Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, whom he was close to from their years serving on the Republican Governors Association.

Many of Mr. Pawlenty’s contributors and supporters had been waiting for a signal from him in the escalating contest between Mr. Romney and Mr. Perry. And Mr. Pawlenty had been looking for help in retiring a campaign debt of at least $500,000.

In a statement announcing Mr. Pawlenty as a national co-chairman of his campaign, Mr. Romney said: “Tim will be a trusted adviser as I move forward with my campaign. Tim has always been an advocate for lower taxes, reduced spending and an environment where jobs can be created. It is an honor to have him serve as co-chair to my campaign for the presidency.”

Mr. Pawlenty, in an interview Monday morning on “Fox and Friends,” said of Mr. Romney, “I believe he’s going to be our party’s nominee.”

The endorsement, which was brokered in recent days, was released on Monday to help Mr. Romney contract his message on Social Security with Mr. Perry’s. The issue has become a defining difference between the two candidates and was expected to be discussed extensively at the debate Monday night in Tampa, Fla."


Chicago casino tax break




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