Daily dose: Local history, new 13th District poll, 13th District spending drops to 5th in Illlinois, Pat Quinn's woeful numbers, Ignoring Hartman
In 1912, a rousing rally in favor of equal suffrage was held last night at the Young Mens Christian Association auditorium. The men in the audience appeared even more enthusiastic than the women. Mayor F.H. Boggs of Urbana said that with the ballot in the hands of women, municipal government would be better off, and the standard of public morals would be lifted. Women, he argued, would enact and enforce laws against bootleggers. Women, said attorney O.B. Dobbins, would make sure that cities would be clean.
In 1962, first production lines at the new Kraft plant in Champaign will be in operation by April 1, it was announced. The company said that 400 to 500 people would be employed at the plant. At present, the plant is to produce some 23 Kraft-name items, including liquid dressings, salad dressing, mayonnaise, mustards, margarines, sandwich spreads and tartar sauce. Upon questioning, a company spokesman said there would be “no odors of any kind” from the plant. The question came because of the odors emanating from the nearby HumKo plant, which is owned by National Dairy Products Co., the parent firm of Kraft Foods. With the opening of the plant in Champaign, all operations at Kraft’s Peshtigo Court plant will terminate.
New polling in 13th shows continued close race
Rich Miller's Capitol Fax reported this morning that polling this week by We Ask America gives Republican Rodney Davis a 43.9 percent to 41.8 percent lead over Democrat David Gill. That 2.1 percent gap is within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent. Independent John Hartman got just 5 percent.
An earlier poll his month by We Ask America gave Davis a 1 percentage point lead.
Also, Mitt Romney leads President Obama in the 13th, 48.5 percent to 44.8 percent.
13th District independent spending up a little
This morning's update from the Federal Election Commisison shows that independent spending in the 13th Congressional District race has climbed to $2.75 million.
The Chicago-based New Prosperity Foundation reported spending $32,818 for a campaign mailing against Democrat David Gill. The New Prosperity Foundation, funded mostly by Chicago area corporations, has reported spending almost a million dollars this year against eight Democratic congressional candidates in Illinois.
Overall independent spending in the 13th District race, while approaching $3 million, has fallen to 5th place among the Illinois congressional races. The top race in Illinois now is the 17th District race in western Illinois where incumbent Rep. Bobby Schilling, a Republican, is being challenged by Cheri Bustos. SuperPACs now have spent more than $4.7 million in that race.
Pat Quinn's 26 percent approval
From The Chicago Tribune (FYI, Rod Blagojevich's appropval rating was 13 percent just a few months before he was impeached) ...
Shortly after winning his first election as governor almost two years ago, Gov. Pat Quinn declared his razor-thin victory a "mandate" from voters, but a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows growing impatience with his stewardship of state government.
The Democratic governor's job approval rating stands at 26 percent. The survey found that dissatisfaction with Quinn extends across all age, income and ideological groups, the suburbs and especially Downstate. African-American and city voters narrowly approved of Quinn's job performance, but even then, support did not reach a majority.
The latest poll results could provide added impetus for other Democrats to consider challenging Quinn for governor in the 2014 primary, where filing begins in little more than a year. Only 4 in 10 respondents who say they are Democrats supported Quinn.
The governor's approval rating now ranks as his lowest level of support in Tribune polling, eclipsing the previous valley of 28 percent he received from voters in a September 2010 survey. Still, just weeks later, Quinn eked out a 31,834-vote victory over conservative Republican Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington.
Since then, Quinn has come under fire for an income-tax increase, budget cuts and alienating public labor unions.
Finally, the latest installment of a Peoria television station's coverage of the 13th District race, which ignores one of the candidates (Hartman).