Daily dose: 50 years ago, state's attorney in trouble; Santorum; Nudo; Kermath; Daily Illini

Daily dose: 50 years ago, state's attorney in trouble; Santorum; Nudo; Kermath; Daily Illini

Local history

In 1912, two men miraculously escaped injury in a railroad wreck on the Wabash near Homer yesterday. The two were in a boxcar with four horses, two cows, a dog, household goods and farm implements when it was thrown off the tracks, smashed into a fence and turned upside down in a cornfield. All but the dog escaped injury. It sustained a broken back and had to be destroyed.

In 1962, Champaign County officials formally demanded the resignation of State’s Attorney Robert W. McDonald and estimated that $26,000 was still due the county. That figure, added to the $15,848 paid by McDonald earlier this week, brought the total discrepancy in his books to nearly $42,000. The fees and salaries committee of the county board of supervisors, following a closed session, granted McDonald until March 5 to make his resignation effective.

Santorum hasn't caught on in Illinois yet

From Wednesday's N-G column ...

Illinois appears to be late to embracing Rick Santorum as a presidential candidate.
The Republican presidential candidate who celebrated wins in three states has raised just $43,300 in Illinois in this election cycle, according to the website www.opensecrets.org. That’s less than already-excused presidential contenders Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman and Michele Bachmann.
And it’s a lot less than Mitt Romney ($1.8 million raised in Illinois so far), Ron Paul ($287,046) and Newt Gingrich ($151,164). It’s a fraction of the $3.8 million Illinoisans have sent to President Obama’s re-election campaign.
All of the Illinois money to Santorum’s campaign has come from donors in the Chicago area. But there, and in just about every other major city in the state, Romney is the top Republican fundraiser. Only in Rockford and Peoria (Ron Paul) and Kankakee (Herman Cain) is someone else the darling of donors.
In Danville ($1,000) and Champaign-Urbana ($46,9060), Romney is No. 1 among Republicans.
Overall, though, Obama is tops in Champaign-Urbana with $69,280 in funds raised. That’s his best yield of any region in the state outside of the Chicago ($3.5 million) and St. Louis ($523,080) metropolitan areas. Obama’s donations account for more than half of the $128,877 given to presidential candidates from the Champaign-Urbana area.
Among ZIP codes in the area, Champaign’s 61821 is
tops for contributions ($34,086), followed by 61801 in Urbana ($23,300) and 61820 in Champaign ($22,247).

Santorum support
Here’s an indication of how fast things are moving in the Republican presidential campaign: GOP voters in central Illinois’ 13th Congressional District don’t get a chance to vote for delegates pledged to Santorum.
There are no delegates pledged to the former Pennsylvania senator on the ballot in the district that includes Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, Springfield and parts of Bloomington-Normal.
Santorum is listed on the “beauty contest” portion of the ballot, the part that allows voters to choose their favorite candidate. But his campaign started late in Illinois and failed to come up with full slates in every district.
In the neighboring 15th Congressional District, which includes Danville, Santorum has a full slate of delegate candidates.


Nudo money
Former Illinois Senate candidate Alan Nudo, a Champaign Republican, dropped $5,000 into his still-active campaign fund last Friday. The money, Nudo said, will be used to repay all expenses and to reimburse contributors to his aborted campaign.
Nudo dropped out of the 52nd Senate District race last month, leaving John Bambenek of Champaign as the GOP opponent to Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign.

Kermath rejection
There was more to last week’s appointment of Jeff Kibler and Max Mitchell as Champaign County Board members than meets the eye.
Republican precinct committeemen in County Board District 3 picked the pair over three other candidates, including Don Kermath, a candidate for the board in the November election and a logical choice among Republicans who would want to give one on their team a head start.
But Kermath also was aligned with Bambenek, who many Republicans believe pushed Nudo out of the Senate race. Kermath had stood in for Bambenek at speeches and by one Republican’s account, “took shots at Nudo.”
Party members didn’t want to “reward someone” for turning on a fellow Republican, said another committeeman who attended the closed session.
The committeemen truly liked Mitchell and wanted him on the county board, but they also didn’t want to do any favors for Kermath.
“Bambenek and Kermath both got whacked” at the session, the committeemen said.
“It might have been a good thing because it cleared the air and everyone was able to get it off their chest,” said one.
“It was actually cathartic,” said another, who predicted that the party would support Kermath in November.

Today's Daily Illini front page and editorial

Excerpt from editorial:

The Daily Illini is in trouble. News broke yesterday about the Illini Media Company, the umbrella organization that owns our publication, and its financial problems and attempts to pay off its debts.

Here are the facts: Right now, we owe $250,000 in printing costs to the Champaign News-Gazette and to other vendors. We’re also behind on our mortgage payments. It’s not a surprise; other campus publications and even professional media outlets have been suffering cutbacks and running deficits for years. The landscape of news media is changing, and we, like so many others, are falling victim to the challenges of a changing news market.

We regret not being the first to bring this to your attention. But that’s why we believe how important it is today to tell you — from one group of students to another — what this situation means for all of us.

The front of today’s DI is almost completely blank. No fire on Green Street; no admission scandal update; no announcement about a new president or sorority closing. No profile on the cool new student upstart or RSO of the week. But fortunately, that doesn’t mean the news has stopped. Turn inside to read the latest update about Unofficial, or flip to sports to see what events are coming up. And on Monday, we’ll be back to our old routine. But a few years down the road, that might not be the case.

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