Daily dose: Local history; Record high?; Trib endorses Meister, Hays; Bigger congressional spending downstate, not in Chicago area
In 1912, about 400 people came to West Side Park this afternoon to hear the Hon. Perry Belmont of New York speak on Democratic Party principles. Among those in the local welcoming committee were Capt. J.R. Trevett, D.C. Dobbins, J.B. Busey, Mayor Coughlin and H.J. Robinson. They met Belmont on the noon Illinois Central train.
In 1962, civil defense officials called results of a countywide practice alert good but expressed concern that few people knew how to respond to siren warnings. A steady siren blast, the universal signal of a probable air attack, sounded between 10 and 10:15 a.m. The practice alert was hurriedly prepared as tension mounted throughout the country over an arms quarantine of Cuba called by President Kennedy.
Record high today?
The record high in Champaign-Urbana for Oct. 24 is 80 degrees, set in 1899. The National Weather Service is forecasting a high today of ... 80 degrees!
The average high on this date is 62 degrees.
Meister, Hays endorsed by Tribune
From the Chicago Tribune ...
"103rd District: Rob Meister is an Italian restaurant owner from Champaign who decided to run for office after growing tired of reading about corruption and pension abuse in the newspapers. He is a fiscal conservative with real-world experience in the state's regulatory environment. Reduce burdens placed on small businesses, and they'll grow, he says. He is endorsed over Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana. He says she's "a nice woman who is there when someone wants to talk to her" but hasn't done much to move the ball forward on the issues crippling Illinois' finances. We agree. The GOP's Meister is endorsed.
"104th District: Freshman Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, is outspoken about the state's financial mess. He supports comprehensive pension reform and altering school funding formulas that, he says, favor Chicago over downstate. We don't agree with him on everything — he says he would vote "hell no" on shifting teacher pension costs to local schools — but we appreciate his candor. He was the only legislator from his region to support a bill forcing state government retirees to pay toward their health insurance premiums. Democrat Michael Langendorf is an impressive, well-informed school social worker from Urbana. We wish he were running in a different district. Hays deserves more time to detonate the status quo. He is endorsed."
Biggest 'indepenedent' congressional contest spending is downstate, not in Chicago area
This morning's update from the Federal Election Commission shows the amount of spending by outside or "independent" groups in six Illinois congressional districts this fall:
17th -- $6.9 million
11th -- $5.9 million
13th -- $4.64 million
12th -- $4.39 million
10th -- $4.32 million
8th -- $3.38 million
But if you listened to National Public Radio last night, you'd think Illinois' big battleground contests were in the Chicago area, in the 10th and 11th districts. The FEC numbers show, though, that two of the top three are downstate ...