Central Illinois Gazette (December 2011)

Central Illinois Gazette (December 2011)

Local history: Who remembers when University Ave. in Urbana was just two lanes? Also, looking ahead to 2012

Local history

In 1911, the Salvation Army hall was taxed to its capacity last night for the annual Christmas tree and entertainment for the poor children of the Twin Cities. A sack of candy and an orange, together with three toys apiece, were given to each child, the candy and toys having been donated by merchants.

Tim Johnson gets to say 'I told you so'

U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, issued the following statement today after the House voted by unanimous consent to approve a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut. 

Johnson's statement goes easy on House Speaker John Boehner, who is being blamed by many for the legislative fisco on payroll tax issue.


Rep. Tim Johnson statement on his payroll tax vote


Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, was one of seven House Republicans to vote yesterday with Democrats on the GOP proposal to force a payroll tax extension and unemployment benefits bill back to a House conference committee.



Chances of a white Christmas even lower than historic likelhood


Historically, Champaign-Urbana -- according to this Illinois State Water Survey chart -- has about a 30 percent chance of a white Christmas.

Ben Carlson disputes Stephanie Holderfield's contention

Ben Carlson, one of three Democratic candidates for Champaign County auditor, today issued a statement disputing a contention by Republican circuit clerk candidate Stephanie Holderfield that she had asked him to remove her signature from his candidacy petitions.

Carlson's statement:

Looking like a non-white Christmas

The long-range forecasts suggest virtually no chance of a white Christmas in Champaign-Urbana this year. 

The Weather Channel's 10-day forecast shows high temperatures in the 30s and 40s and only a couple possibilities of rain. Christmas Day is forecast to be partly cloudy with a high of 35.


Among the first great lies: Rod Blagojevich's inauguration address

This is always worth rereading, and musing about how too many politicians can talk a good line but act entirely different.