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In 1912, W.A. Davis, superintendent of the Cunningham Orphanage in Urbana, testified at a hearing this morning that he believes the Rev. Charles Virden, visitation agent of the State Board of Charities, was drunk when he visited the orphanage on Dec. 8. It was at that time, David said, that a complaint had been lodged against the orphanage. Davis did admit to administering corporal punishment to the children in the home.
In 1962, Champaign County State’s Attorney Robert W. McDonald said Thursday he was withdrawing from the Republican primary election for probate judge because of family matters. McDonald said that personal affairs may require him to return to his former home in Carlinville “within the near future.” Meanwhile, county board member Wayne V. Applegate revealed that a shortage of funds in the state’s attorney’s office was revealed recently by a routine audit. Attorneys for McDonald acknowledged the shortage but said that McDonald was in the process of making up the deficit.
McDonald later resigned as state's attorney.
From today's N-G column ...
Former Gov. Jim Edgar, who has been out of office for more than a dozen years, is still a player in Illinois politics. Part of it comes from his reputation, part from the $565,181 he has in his political fund.
Edgar last week gave $1,000 to the election campaign of Republican state Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, who is running against Tom Pliura in the 51st Senate District.
Last year Edgar gave only $2,500 to political candidates: $1,000 to state Sen. Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, and $1,500 to Circuit Judge Lorna Propes, a Chicago Democrat. A more substantial sum went to charitable groups: $1,500 to the Salvation Army and the Chicago Council of Global Affairs; $1,000 to the Nature Conservancy and the Friends of World Food program; $500 to the Champaign County Humane Society, and $200 to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter.
Center for Wounded Veterans
The College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois has established a website where donors can contribute to the construction of the $12 million Center for Wounded Veterans Higher Education Fund in Urbana.
The center was announced last week with a $6 million donation from UI alum Ron Chez of Chicago.
Those who want to contribute to the fund can use an online form at: http://giving.ahs.illinois.edu/GivingtoAHS/GiveAGift.aspx.
Young Republican endorsements
Champaign County Young Republicans have endorsed Rose in the 51st District and Rep. Adam Brown in the 102st House District.
Brown is opposed by Rob Roman of Chrisman.
“These candidates have proven track records that align with our core conservative values,” said Terra Patient, chair of the Young Republicans. “We are putting boots on the ground immediately to make sure these true conservative candidates win in March.”
Most powerful Chicagoans
From Chicago Magazine ...
Rahm Emanuel is No. 1, House Speaker Michael Madigan is No. 4, Urbana's own Roger Ebert is 23rd, Sen. Dick Durbin is 33rd ... and University of Illinois President Michael Hogan did not crack the list. Sen. Mark Kirk didn't make it either.
Blago's new home
From the Chicago Sun-Times ...
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will serve his prison sentence for corruption at a low-security federal prison for male prisoners near Denver, as he had requested and a judge had recommended.
The Federal Correctional Institution Englewood — about 15 miles southwest of Denver near the suburb of Littleton, Colo. — is the same prison where Larry Warner, a co-defendant in the earlier corruption case that sent former Gov. George Ryan to prison, served two years after being convicted of conspiring with Ryan to steer state contracts his way. Blagojevich’s family isn’t expected to move to be closer to him, according to one of his lawyers, Carolyn Gurland, who said Wednesday the Blagojeviches had hoped to keep the prison assignment private.
Dog bites man news
From the Chicago Tribune ...
The Chicago area logged the most public corruption convictions of any federal jurisdiction in the United States during the past 36 years, according to a report released today by the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Federal prosecutors secured a total of 1,531 public corruption convictions in the Northern District of Illinois since 1976, said Dick Simpson, head of the university’s political science department.
Meanwhile, Illinois logged 1,828 public corruption convictions, the third most of any state, according to the report. Only California and New York had more.