Daily dose: Local history, UI international enrollment, Matt Goetten's first endorsement
In 1911, the Illinois varsity has had to run its plays in the snow in preparation for next week’s games against Northwestern at Illinois Field. The cold temperatures made it impossible to keep the men out too long and no scrimmage was indulged in.
In 1961, the Champaign County Board of Supervisors adopted an appropriation ordinance of $1.8 million, which is $141,000 less than last year. The decrease, County Auditor Don Harry told the county board, is due mainly to the temporary stoppage of a courthouse remodeling project. Last year the board spent $125,000 on the remodeling project.
UI No. 2 in international students
From Bloomberg News
"China sent 56,976 undergraduates, a 43 percent jump, and 76,830 graduate students, a 16 percent increase.
"The country with the biggest decline was Japan, which sent 21,290 students to the U.S., a 14 percent drop.
"The University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, enrolled the most international students, with 8,615, followed by the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign, with 7,991, and New York University, with 7,988. Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was 10th, with 5,594.
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Matt Goetten's unusual endorsement
From Sunday's News-Gazette column
On-again, off-again Democratic congressional candidate Matt Goetten, who announced last week that he will run in the 13th Congressional District, was endorsed by the Madison County Democratic Party before he was a candidate.
Madison County Democratic chief Matt Melucci of Collinsville explained how that happened.
“We were told that he was going to announce in a couple days,” Melucci said of the endorsement session that occurred about a week before Goetten’s announcement. “It wasn’t like he came in and said, ‘I’m not sure that I’m running.’ Anybody that we know of who is running, we invite them in. It’s an open process.
“We were told he was going to announce in a couple of days.”
In what had to be disheartening to the only announced Democratic congressional candidate at the time, Bloomington physician David Gill, the endorsement of Goetten was “overwhelming,” according to Melucci.
“There’s 58 votes. I don’t know the exact count. I didn’t have to do a count. We do a show of hands and it was pretty obviously overwhelming,” Melucci said.
The party chief said Goetten won the endorsement because, as the state’s attorney in nearby Greene County, he is better known.
“He’s closer. He knows people who know people in our county,” Melucci said. “He’s got a political aptitude. He’s been in races that he’s won. He’s a veteran. There were a lot of different things that played to a lot of different people.”
In addition, the Democrats noted that Gill already has lost three times to U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, the likely Republican candidate.
“I do think the fact that Doctor Gill has run three times and hasn’t been successful wasn’t much of a selling point. I’m sure it’s frustrating to him but we want to win,” Melucci said.
Only a small part of Madison County is in the 13th District.
“It’s like a little tail on a stingray or something, but I’m sure our endorsement will help him,” Melucci said.
Another Democrat, John Prater of Glen Carbon, also appeared before the endorsement committee about the 13th District race, according to Melucci.
“He indicated to the group that he was testing the waters,” Melucci recounted. “During the Q and A, someone asked him, ‘How can I vote for you if I don’t even know you’re going to run?’ At least with Matt (Goetten) we knew he was running. He just hadn’t made his public announcement.”