Daily dose: Local history, business tax-break bill, county administrator pay, Frerichs/Pliura fundraising, Active Seniors
In 1911, the Illinois Theatre Company of Urbana today filed suit for $10,000 damages against George Chatterton, Margaret Chatterton and the Sam Shubert booking agency for the back payment of rent. It is understood that the defendants have been delinquent for a long period of time and that demands upon them for payment have been met with refusals.
In 1961, the postman may ring only once a day during the Christmas rush, but delivery should be just as fast and less costly, according to the U.S. Post Office. In past Christmas rush periods, both the Champaign and Urbana post offices made two deliveries some days to keep up with the mail.
About the failure of the business tax-break bill in Springfield
From Crain's Chicago Business ...
How about the possibility that this is just a bad bill, and that's why the House voted it down?
"We in the media have lots of fun talking about Mike Madigan, the always "powerful" speaker of the Illinois House. But there's a reason.
"You'll never see a better example than Monday's efforts in Springfield to keep Chicago's big trading exchanges and Sears Holdings Inc. from leaving the state.
"Mr. Madigan recused himself from a bill that would have given CME Group Inc., CBOE Holdings Inc. and Sears the tax breaks they say they need to continue to call Illinois home. That left the "B Team" in charge, and it performed about as well as Caleb Hanie did last weekend.
"The net result is that an anchor of the city's economy and thousands of jobs in the Northwest suburbs now are in grave danger of departing. A real, honest fiasco — a nightmare Christmas for tens of thousands of local families — is in the making unless the B Team learns how to play the game, and very soon."
From Wednesday's column ...
Earlier this month Champaign County Board members agreed to extend County Administrator Deb Busey’s contract to Dec. 1, 2015. Now paid $125,000 a year, Busey will get 3 percent raises every Dec. 1 for the next four years.
A study of county administrators in comparable downstate Illinois counties found that Busey is paid far below the average. Only in Sangamon County does the administrator receive less, about $105,000 a year.
But administrators in DeKalb ($166,033), McLean ($144,552) and Peoria ($151,000) counties all receive substantially more. Some also get a car or a cellphone — neither of which Busey gets.
“It wasn’t long ago that we had co-administrators who were making way more money,” noted former board Chairman Steve Moser, a Republican. “She’s doing the work that two people used to do with less money.”
“It’s my impression,” said Democrat Astrid Berkson, “that Deb is sort of way out of our class. I don’t know how she found herself in the hinterlands. I think we need to hang onto her as long as we can.”
Busey began her career with Champaign County government in the mid-1970s when she was hired by late State’s Attorney James Burgess.
Recent campaign disclosure reports filed by state Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, show that he has added at least $15,000 to his campaign fund since his last quarterly report was filed on Sept. 30. That report showed Frerichs with more than $302,035 on hand. The largest recent contribution was $5,000 from Altria Client Services Inc. of Richmond, Va. Altria Client Services is a subsidiary of Altria, the parent company of tobacco company Philip Morris USA.
The only other area legislative candidate raising money at the rate Frerichs has is 51st Senate District Republican Tom Pliura of rural Ellsworth. Since Sept. 30, Pliura has raised at least $29,500, plus another $3,073 in an in-kind donation of food for a fundraiser in Bloomington.
Active Senior Republicans
The Champaign County Active Senior Republican group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in the Robeson Pavilion rooms at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C. The guest speaker will be U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, who is seeking a seventh term in Congress.