Daily dose: Local history, 13th District 'independent' spending close to $3 million, John Hartman's meager resources, casino gambling support tumbles
In 1912, that consent to the marriage of their daughter, not yet of age, was the best way to settle an assault charge, is evidently the belief of Mr. and Mrs. George Poll of Urbana, for they gave their consent to the union of Lucy, 17, and Dave Griffith, 23. Parental objections to the attention of young Griffth to Miss Poll has been great. Two weeks ago, the couple was surprised at Crystal Lake Park and separated by her parents. Griffith claimed the Polls threatened his life. He had them arrested the next day. It was charged that Miss Lucy was taken home and spanked by her parents.
In 1962, Champaign County Republican Party Chairman L.C. “Jack” Martin predicted that proposed changes in the Illinois courts system would be rejected by the county’s voters. “The thing that disturbs Downstaters most is the possibility of Mayor Daley taking control of the Illinois Supreme Court,” Martin said. The proposed constitutional amendment would give Cook County three justices on the Supreme Court, instead of the one it has now.
In 1912, former President Theodore Roosevelt will be in Champaign tomorrow, as he had intended. A telegram to that effect was received today at the Progressive Party headquarters in Champaign. Roosevelt will arrive on the 12:07 train from Chicago, accompanied by Charles Merriam, who will deliver the principal address at West Side Park. Teddy, who will be in Champaign for about two hours, will speak but a few minutes. It will be his second visit to Champaign this year.
In 1962, the Republican Tea Party Wagon, touring the state of Illinois to advance its protest of rising taxes, will visit several East Central Illinois communities the week of Oct. 22. On Monday, it will be in Tuscola, Champaign and Rantoul. On Tuesday, it will visit Paxton and Onarga. Victor L. Smith, Illinois GOP chairman, said “voters in Illinois are up in arms over the increasing costs of state government.” He added: “Most people have stated that fiscal sanity could be restored in this state if the present Democratic administration would cut out the waste and nonessential spending.”
In 1912, Col. Theodore Roosevelt failed to come to Champaign today to make his scheduled speech because of the injuries he received when shot by a crank in Milwaukee last night. Further, a meeting of the Republican National Committee that was to be held in Champaign, and hosted by U.S. Rep. William McKinley, was canceled. McKinley issued the following statement: “In view of the deplorable attack made upon Col. Roosevelt, I ask that the Republican meeting scheduled for Wednesday in Champaign be canceled. I also desire to express my deep personal regret for the shocking assault upon Col. Roosevelt and hope for his speedy recovery. It is terrible to contemplate that public men are constantly exposed to dangers as befell Col. Roosevelt.”
In 1962, a 17-year-old Champaign youth fled from custody at the Champaign County Courthouse after he had just been sentenced to seven months at the Vandalia state penal farm. The youth, William E. Phipps, eluded deputy sheriff Harold Revell as Revell was escorting him from the courthouse to the county jail. He was last seen running through an alley west of the courthouse on the other side of Broadway Avenue. Phipps had been sentenced on a charge of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a 6-year-old boy.
13th Congressional District 'independent' spending
Campaign contributions and spending totals for 13th Congressional District candidates Rodney Davis and David Gill will be reported later today to the Federal Election Commission, but the FEC reports that total "independent" spending in the race is approaching $3 million.
The biggest spender in the race so far is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has put $1.13 million into the race against Republican Davis.
But most of the money spent has come from superPACs which are aiming to defeat Democrat Gill. Among them: the American Action Network, $325,101; the National Republican Congressional Committee, $804,061; the New Prosperity Foundation, $139,255; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, $500,000.
Gill said Sunday night in Champaign that another $1.5 million to $2 million in media advertising has been "reserved" to be spent against him in the last three weeks of the campaign. That doesn't mean it will be spent, but it's available if the Gill-Davis race remains close. Recent polling shows it is a dead heat.
John Hartman's campaign disclosure
John Hartman, the independent candidate in the 13th District from Edwardsville, filed his disclosure report with the FEC over the weekend. It shows that he has received $7,937 (almost all of which is from himself), has spent $6,868 and has $1,069 on hand.
Weakening support for expanded casino gambling
From the Chicago Tribune ...
As Mayor Rahm Emanuel pursues efforts to win a cash-generating casino for Chicago, public support for a major gambling expansion in Illinois has faded, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows.
The survey results show growing opposition to new casinos and video slots at horse racing tracks, contrasting sharply with a similar poll conducted in February. The latest poll findings also appear to show that voters back Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to veto the legislature's latest gambling expansion bill in August.
Lawmakers have twice approved measures to allow five new gambling palaces for Chicago, Rockford, Danville, the south suburbs and Park City in Lake County, but Quinn has raised many concerns to block the measures.
The poll found 47 percent oppose the gambling expansion plan, while 43 percent approve of it. Those numbers are turned around from February, when a survey showed 50 percent of voters statewide approved of the gambling expansion plan while 42 percent disapproved.
In the new survey, almost half of Chicago residents, 49 percent, opposed the gambling expansion proposal, while 40 percent supported it.
Suburban opposition also was in evidence: More than 50 percent of suburban Cook County and collar county residents opposed the casino plan, while 38 percent in suburban Cook and 43 percent in the collar counties supported it.
Only among Downstate voters did the proposal receive more support than opposition. In the 96 counties outside the Chicago metropolitan area, 47 percent of voters said they backed gambling expansion while 42 percent opposed. Supporters had said that by bringing video slot machines to horse racing tracks, it would help Downstate agriculture and the horse racing industry.
The poll found a continued gender gap on the issue of more gambling for the state. Fifty-one percent of men and 36 percent of women said they backed gambling expansion.
The poll of 700 Illinois registered voters was taken Oct. 4-8 and has an error margin of 3.7 percentage points.