Daily dose: Local history, Sandy's ill winds touch Eastern Illinois, 13th District spending slows
In 1912, Mrs. Anna Conlin, who owns a fine farm of 200 acres just east of the Tuscola city cemetery, has refused an offer of $350 an acre for her holdings and says an offer of $500 an acre would hardly tempt her. The farm is just outside the city limits, is well improved and is convenient to market. Mrs. Conlin’s father purchased the farm about 15 years ago, paying $100 an acre. It was the first land in the community to sell for $100 an acre, and many people thought the price was exorbitant. But now there are few farms in Douglas County that can be touched for $200 an acre.
In 1962, the University of Illinois is making rapid strides to rebuild its tree planting in the aftermath of the Dutch Elm disease. The UI is in the second phase of a 10-year, $400,000 master plan for tree planting. Tentative plans call for 4,000 trees to be planted on campus over the next 10 years. The Dutch Elm disease first struck the UI in 1952. At that time, there were 2,267 elms on campus. By 1961, there were only 94 left. In one 10-year period, the UI lost what had taken 80 years to develop.
In 1912, property owners along Church Street in Champaign are at an impasse with engineer Cravath over street lighting. The property owners desire to have twice as much as the city proposes to provide. But Cravath said that could not be allowed. They could have three times the amount of light, he said, but not double. Nor could they have lights on both sides of the street. Attorney O.B. Dobbins said this morning that the residents of Church Street would prefer to remain in the dark than pay for three times the amount of light.
In 1962, Warren B. Browning, Champaign’s new city manager, Monday praised Police Chief Harvey Shirley’s handling of the recent police scandal. “With the information I now have, I am convinced the chief is doing everything in his power to see that this situation is cleaned up,” Browning said on his first day on the job.
In 1912, by a vote of 8-6, the Champaign City Council refused to grant the request from petitioners to allow a vote on permitting theaters to be open on Sundays. There is some talk that the issue could be reconsidered at the next council meeting. When the mayor announced that Alderman Filson’s motion has passed — “that the subject matter is not a question of public policy to the people of Champaign at this time” — the large crowd in the council chambers broke into applause for a full minute.
In 1962, while lending support to President John F. Kennedy’s insistence that missiles be removed from Cuba, Sen. Everett Dirksen criticized the administration for allowing missiles to be installed on the island nation. In a visit to Mattoon, he charged Kennedy with allowing the missiles to become “a Soviet problem instead of a Cuban problem.”
This morning's winds courtesy of Hurricane Sandy
From the National Weather Service ...
"Windy conditions will highlight the day today, as the remnants of Hurricane Sandy drift closer to Illinois from the east coast. Wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph will be possible, with the strongest winds in eastern Illinois. High pressure will remain nearly stationary just west of the Mississippi River, helping to keep precipitation from Sandy generally east of Illinois. A few sprinkles may drift into far eastern Illinois, but most of our area will remain dry. Another cold night is on tap, despite variable high clouds in the area. Lows will dip around freezing in most locations."
Winds this morning were gusting to 31 mph at Willard Airport in Champaign County, but were only 9 mph in Galesburg and 12 mph in Springfield.
Independent spending in 13th District
From opensecrets.org ...
The amount of outside spending in the 13th Cogressional District race may have peaked at just over $6 million, according to the website opensecrets.org.
No one has dumped any money into the Davis/Gill/Hartman race for at least 12 hours, and with only a week to go the opportunities for TV spending may be too limited.
The big spender in the 13th District race is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ($2.3 million), followed by the American Action Network ($1.48 million) and the National Republican Congressional Committee ($1.45 million).