Daily dose: Local history, 13th District spending slows, No Hartman in debate Wednesday, Tribune endorses Bambenek, Slow fundraising in local legislative races

Daily dose: Local history, 13th District spending slows, No Hartman in debate Wednesday, Tribune endorses Bambenek, Slow fundraising in local legislative races

Local history

In 1912, Champaign City Council members received a petition containing many pages of signatures asking that the council hold a special election Dec. 14 to ask citizens whether theaters should be open on Sundays. Alderman Filson protested the idea, reciting that such action would be greatly detrimental to the city’s welfare and morality. The issue was referred to the committee of the whole.

In 1962, a two-story, L-shaped structure for the new First National Bank in Champaign drive-in facility at Walnut and Taylor streets is expected to be completed by June 1, according to Marc Norton, bank president. The four-teller units will provide speedy service for customers.

Independent spending inches toward $3 million

Very little activity yesterday in terms of superPAC spending in the 13th Congressional District race. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee made a $10,200 investment in "media production" against Republican candidate Rodney Davis. That brings to just under $3 million the total "independent" spending so far in the 13th District race.

Hartman won't be part of debate Wednesday

John Hartman, the independent candidate for Congress in the 13th District, won't be part of a congressional debate tomorrow night at Illinois State University.

Organizers said Hartman had not received enough supports in polls to merit inclusion in the debate. In recent polls Hartman got around 5 or 6 percent while earlier in the race -- before the barrage of negative TV spots began -- he was receiving 9 percent.

Two other upcoming 13th District debates -- in Springfield and Urbana -- will include Hartman.

Tribune endorses Bambenek over Frerichs

From today's Chicago Tribune ...

"52nd District: We endorsed Sen. Michael Frerichs in 2006 and 2010, and he has done some estimable work on complicated issues. The Champaign Democrat spent 15 months negotiating a regulatory plan for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, attempting to balance the interests of the gas industry and environmental groups. The bill stalled in the House. The past two years, though, have been a disappointment. Frerichs supported the 67 percent state income tax increase but wouldn't take necessary votes to curb spending. Yes, we know, asking state retirees to pay something for health care is unpopular in the home of the state's flagship university with all those emeritus professors. But Illinois is in this financial mess precisely because too many legislators won't make those tough votes. Republican John Bambenek is likely to be outgunned financially in this race. He's not getting much state party support. But he does say the right things about fiscal responsibility, government transparency and the need to shatter the status quo in Illinois. Bambenek is endorsed."


Legislative candidate disclosure

Looks like it will be a low-key spending year for candidates for the General Assembly in districts in East Central Illinois.

There are only three contested legislative races in the area and they're not getting much attention from donors.

In the 52nd Senate District race Frerichs raised $36,364 in the last three months and now has $373,857 in his campaign treasury.

Republican challenger Bambenek raised $21,233 between July 1 and Sept. 30 and has just $2,655 on hand.

In the 103rd House District race state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, raised just $4,000, spent nothing and has $23,020 on hand.

Republican challenger Rob Meister of Champaign raised just $1,850, spent $2,642 and has but $1,474 on hand.

In the 104th District race, state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, raised $26,108, spent $33,937 and had $83,507 on hand.

His Democratic challenger, Michael Langendorf of Urbana, raised $10,024, spent $2,271 and had $7,953 available to spend.





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