Daily dose: Local history, pension vote in January, almost $400,000 spent on attack ads in 13th District race

Daily dose: Local history, pension vote in January, almost $400,000 spent on attack ads in 13th District race

Local history

In 1912, a hobo never alighted in a town with a dirtier face than the bunch of interurban boosters who went from Urbana to Rantoul last night by automobile. Fortunately, Rantoul has a good water supply, and plenty of dust was easily removed. Rantoul also has very pretty pavement and is getting ready for more. The people of Rantoul were told all about the interurban line that is already under construction from Urbana to Kankakee. Dr. C.L. Van Doren of Urbana told the crowd that he has stopped investing in land and now puts his money into interurban lines because the stock is not taxable.

In 1962, the trial of Henry Schaeffer of Clinton, the co-owner of the Clinton IGA Foodliner who is charged with conducting a lottery, will be held in October. Schaeffer, formerly of Champaign, was charged in a complaint filed by the manager of the Kroger store in Clinton. A weekly drawing, which resulted in the complaint, is continuing at the IGA store but under different rules.

Pension reform vote coming in January, again in lame duck session

From the Chicago Tribune ...

Don't expect a vote on a plan to overhaul the state's government worker pension program until after the new year, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton indicated Thursday.

The North Side Democrat said there simply aren't enough votes to pass changes now, despite repeated calls by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn for lawmakers to take immediate action.

Cullerton said the hope is that legislators will be more willing to pass an overhaul after the Nov. 6 election, when it will be clear who will stay in office and who will go. The bar to approve legislation gets lower in January, when only a majority of the House and Senate is required. Before then, three-fifths of lawmakers would have to vote for pension reform for it to take effect immediately.

"The earliest we can pass pension reform as a practical matter is Jan. 1," Cullerton said during an appearance before the Tribune editorial board.

During last week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, said he does not foresee lawmakers returning to Springfield before the election.

"You know, we're learning in recent years that on these major issues, you do 'em when you're able to do 'em," said Madigan, who indicated that a January vote on pension reform remains "a possibility."

The most recent high-profile example of the January political dynamic came in 2011, when Democrats who control state government approved a major income-tax increase just before the new General Assembly was sworn in.


"Independent' 13th District expenditures up to more than $393,000

Spending on attack ads financed by the Democratic Congrssional Campaign Committee, the National Republican Congressional Commitee and the GOP-aligned New Prosperity Foundation in Illinois' 13th Congressional District now amounts to more than $393,000, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.


The 13th District runs from Champaign-Urbana southwest to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis. It also includes Decatur and Springfield.

The biggest spender is the DCCC, which is running television commercials against Republican Rodney Davis on behalf of Democrat David Gill. The DCCC has spent $237,003 so far, according to the FEC reports.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has spent $95,640 on attack ads against Gill. The New Prosperity Foundation also has spent more than $60,000 on anti-Gill TV spots.

There also is an independent candidate in the race, John Hartman, of Edwardsville. He said he has raised about $5,000 for his campaign thus far.

If polling shows that the race is close, experts say the "independent" expenditures and the accompanying attacks ads -- which are separate from spending by the Davis and Gill campaigns -- could continue until close to Election Day.

The "Independent" spending in the 13th District race is actually less than the spending in the 12th Congressional District race in southwestern Illinois between Republican Jason Plummer and Democrat William Enyart. There, more than $936,000 has been poured into TV ads.

And in the 17th District, where Democrat Cheri Bustos is challenging Rep. Bobby Schilling, "independent" spending amounts to more than $842,000.








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