Daily dose: Local history, 13th District independent spending passes $5 million

Daily dose: Local history, 13th District independent spending passes $5 million

Local history

In 1912, since the fire yesterday morning at the barn behind the residence of Claude Chapman, 909 W. Main St., Urbana, that city has been without Bell telephone service. The fire destroyed three cables belonging to the company, and men have been working day and night since to clear up the problem. Manager Clark said this morning he hopes to have all service restored by tonight. Six hundred phones were knocked out.

 In 1962, Champaign-Urbana is on edge today as the United States has imposed a naval blockade on Cuba, which has been installing Soviet-made missile systems. As classroom lights blinked in a University of Illinois classroom, one student cracked, “There goes Chicago.” “Between classes,” Roger Ebert, a UI student wrote for The News-Gazette, “you didn’t have to eavesdrop to hear the conversations on the stairways. They were all about Cuba. During the 10-minute class breaks, little groups clustered in corners around somebody with a transistor radio. Newcomers pushed closer, asking what the news was. The morning papers were sold out by midday.”


13th Congressional District "independent" spending

Federal Election Commission reports show that independent spending in the 13th Congressional District race now totals more than $5 million, and that that figure is 12th in the country.

As of today, the race between Republican Rodney Davis, Democrat David Gill and independent John Hartman has attracted more superPAC and other outside money than all but 11 races in the country, two of which are in Illinois.

The biggest spending races:

PA 12   $9.1 million

OH 16   $8.4 million

CA 52  $7.7 million

CA 7    $7.6 million

IL 17   $7.5 million

CA 10  $7.03 million

MN 8   $6.96 million

IL 11   $6.3 million

CO 6    $6 million

FL 18   $5.7 million

TX 23   $5.6 million

IL 13   $5.05 million






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Sid Saltfork wrote on October 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Many of us remember crouching in school hallways with our hands behind our heads during atomic bomb drills.  By 1962, we realized that we might as well accept whatever happened.  Urbana had already declared itself a nuclear free attack city serveral years before by proclamation.  Those of us living elsewhere were amused by Urbana's arrogance.

Tom Kacich wrote on October 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm
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Pretty sure you're wrong. The 1962 Urbana City Council was dominated by Republicans, including Mayor Stanley Weaver. Urbana at that time was focused on building up its downtown (Lincoln Square was under construction), attracting industrial development (Magnavox was expanding) and residential development. The city council didn't swing Democratic until the mid-1970s.


rsp wrote on October 25, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I remember tornado drills in the 60's in the Champaign schools. Our desks were supposed to save us in some years and in others we sat in the halls. I seem to recall seeing film clips from the 50's of kids hiding under desks because of a nuclear bomb, but they may have been older. Hiding under a desk never felt safe. 

Sid Saltfork wrote on October 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

Tom;  Go further back to the 50's.  Urbana had made the proclamation before 1962.  Whether it was misreported, or not; it made quite a stir in downstate Illinois.  I am not understanding why the political parties of the time have anything to do with it.