Daily Dose: Local history including Marilyn Monroe, Rodney Davis on Olympians' taxes

Daily Dose: Local history including Marilyn Monroe, Rodney Davis on Olympians' taxes


Local history


In 1912, the Champaign Chamber of Commerce has given its seal of approval to the idea of Champaign getting a new automobile fire truck. M.A. Nelson of the chamber also proposed that two substations be built, one on the east side and one on the west. Added S.P. Atkinson: “It’s just fool luck that has kept Champaign from being burned up long ago. We ought to have just as good a fire department as we can get. We ought not to be economical in this matter.”


In 1962, Marilyn Monroe, found dead Sunday in California, happened to be in Bement seven years ago today (Aug. 6, 1955) as part of the Piatt County community’s centennial. “We looked through the photo album last night when we heard about her death,” said Charles Strohl, who handled publicity for the centennial. “I guess the thing I remember best about her was when she stopped at the Rest Haven and got out and talked to all those elderly people. It wasn’t a scheduled part of her visit, but she really made a hit with everyone. She talked for some time with a 94-year-old woman.”


Rodney Davis on Olympians' taxes


From a press release ...

CHAMPAIGN- 13th Congressional District nominee Rodney Davis is endorsing a proposal from Congressman Aaron Schock and Senator Marco Rubio to exempt U.S. Olympic Team medal winners from paying taxes on the medals they win while representing the United States.

United States Olympians receive honorariums to go along with the medals won. Olympians receive $25,000 for a gold medal, $15,000 for a silver, and $10,000 for a bronze.  The federal government collects 35 percent of those winnings in taxes.

"In most cases, these Olympians put hundreds or thousands of hours becoming one of the greatest in the world in their sport," said Davis. It is simply wrong for the federal government to penalize athletes who represent our country on the world stage."


Davis says he supports the Olympic Tax Elimination Act, which would apply to athletes of the 2012 Summer Games in London and future Olympic Games.
"We should thank the people who strive to represent our country, not reach deeper into their pockets," said Davis. "Many of these
athletes aren't Michael Phelps and Kobe Bryant, and spend a considerable amount of money without large endorsements to train to be a part of the Olympics."

Davis, of Taylorville, is the GOP nominee in the 13th Congressional District that arcs from Champaign-Urbana southwest to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis. He will oppose Democrat David Gill and independent John Hartman in the November general election.




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