Daily dose: Local history, poor Chicago taxpayers, DCCC unloads on Johnson, Scott McCoy endorsed

Daily dose: Local history, poor Chicago taxpayers, DCCC unloads on Johnson, Scott McCoy endorsed

Local history

In 1911, before a crowd of 2,000 people Urbana High School defeated Champaign High 3-0 in the cleanest and most stubbornly fought game of football ever played at West End Park. “Champaign played the game of her life and at no time was her goal line in danger. Captain Maxwell won the game for Urbana by making a drop kick of 45 yards, scoring three points for Urbana,” reported the Champaign Daily Gazette.

In 1961, Harry Combes launches his 15th year as head basketball coach at Illinois at Huff Gym Friday night against Butler. In a tuneup Wednesday night the varsity barely squeaked by the freshman team, 81-77. Combes may wish he could transfer talented freshman Tal Brody and some of his playmates to the front ranks immediately. The varsity starters were John Love, Dave Downey, Bill Burwell, Bill Small and Jerry Colangelo. The freshman starters were Brody, Bogie Redmon, Skip Thoren, Jim Seeley and Pete Cunningham.


Pity the poor Chicago taxpayers

From the Chicago Tribune ...

After hotel tax figures came in this year, the city of Chicago for the first time had to pitch in extra money to help pay off renovations and maintenance to Soldier Field and U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox.

When the stadium’s owner, the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, couldn’t pay back its annual advance to the state for debt payments, the state tapped $1.1 million in taxes that were supposed to go to the city of Chicago, records show.

The stadium authority relies primarily on hotel tax revenue from the state to help pay down its annual debt payments for bonds related to the stadium and Soldier Field renovations. The state provides an advance at the beginning of the year, which is then paid back with hotel tax revenue.

This past year, however, hotel tax revenue was short by more than $1.1 million. So the state turned to the Local Government Distributive Fund, which is Chicago’s portion of state income tax.



Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee targets Johnson

The Washington-based DCCC said today that it has begun a new paid campaign to hold U.S. Rep.  Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, "accountable for forcing the Supercommittee to fail by demanding more tax breaks for billionaires while insisting the Medicare guarantee be eliminated."

The campaign, according to the DCCC, includes robo calls, live phone calls, online advertising and an online action center where voters can write letters to the editor about House Republicans’ priorities. The calls begin in Johnson’s congressional district today and also in the districts of three other Illinois Republicans: Robert Dold, Judy Biggert and Bobby Schilling.

The script of the automated phone call to be run in Johnson’s district, according to the DCCC is:


"Hi, this is Kelly calling on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee calling about Congressman Tim Johnson and Republicans forcing the Super Committee to fail.


"Americans demanded a bipartisan, big, bold, and balanced plan to reduce the deficit and grow our economy – but that’s not what we got.  The Super Committee failed because Republicans insisted on extending the Bush tax breaks for millionaires and refusing to include a jobs proposal – while ending the Medicare guarantee!  That's something that Democrats stand strongly against.


"By rejecting a balanced approach, Republicans chose to protect the wealthiest one percent at the expense of seniors and the middle class. Now they’re even talking about raising the payroll tax.


"Please call Congressman Johnson at 217-403-4690 and tell him it’s time to focus on us."



McCoy wins endorsement


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Illinois Republican Renaissance PAC, a conservative group, has  endorsed former Pontiac Mayor Scott McCoy for the 106th House Distrct seat.

McCoy is one of three Republicans running in the new district north of Champaign-Urbana, which includes all or parts of Ford, Vermilion, Iroquois, Livingston and Woodford counties.

The other GOP candidates are Tom Bennett of Gibson City and Josh Harms of Watseka.

“We endorse only those candidates we believe are true conservative leaders,” said Jim Edwards of IRR PAC.  “Our endorsements don't come lightly, as we only endorse those we find to be the best candidates who will stand up for conservative principles, including ending corruption and bringing integrity back into Illinois politics.”

“Scott McCoy is unquestionably the most qualified and most conservative candidate in the 106th House District,” Edwards said.  “Not only does he have experience as the mayor of Pontiac, but he has proven himself by taking on FEMA during their flooding as well as fighting former Governor Blagojevich to save their prison, which in turn saved hundreds of jobs and his community.  Scott is one of those rare individuals who isn't afraid to stand up for what's right.  Looking at his record, his business background, and how others in his district are supporting him, he stands heads over the other candidates.  We need Scott in Springfield.”



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