Daily dose: Local history, Tim Johnson "targeted," more superPAC money, Enyart endorsed, 'Your Election Headquarters'??
In 1912, a Jewish temple or synagogue may be built in the near future if plans talked over at a meeting last night materialize. The meeting was held at the West University Avenue home of J.W. Kaufman and it was the consensus that the Twin Cities need to have a place where Reformed Jews may have services. It was decided to canvass for funds to see how much could be raised. There are 20 heads of families in the above congregation, in addition to about 75 Hebrew students who attend University of Illinois and seven or eight faculty members. The congregation which proposed to build a new structure has been worshipping at the First Baptist Church.
In 1962, a Polish refugee who was brought to Champaign in 1957 found himself without a place to live, a job or his family. Police say Jozef Kozaczuk, 54, apparently cut his own throat with a pen knife. He lost his job as a kitchen laborer at the University of Illinois last month. He has been living at a downtown Champaign apartment building that is being demolished to build new Man Street parking. Kozaczuk is in good condition at Burnham City Hospital.
Rep. Tim Johnson -- who isn't running for relection -- is "targeted" anyway
A group called the Campaign for America's Future says that U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, is among its top 10 targets this fall.
The group, which claims to defend the middle class, says Johnson is "in danger of losing reelection."
"Today, the Campaign for America's Future unveiled TheMiddleClass.org Voter Guide which allows you to see how often your representatives in Congress vote for the middle class. A whopping 181 scored a big fat zero.
"But we didn't want this data to just collect dust on the Internet shelf. We want to get this info to the people that need to know it. And you can help.
"We're launching an online ad campaign targeting 10 of the worst opponents of the middle class, whom political analysts have determined are in danger of losing re-election and who are facing strong middle champions on Election Day.
"When people go online to search for information about their representative, what they'll see is his or her pathetic score from TheMiddleClass.org Voter Guide, and ability to click and find out the disturbing details.
"And you can help fund this campaign, to help make sure as many voters as possible in these key districts get the information they need to make an informed vote."
The target list is:
Rep. Jeff Denham CA-10
Rep. Mary Bono Mack CA-36
Rep. Mike Coffman CO-6
Rep. Frank Guinta NH-1
Rep. Charles Bass NH-2
Rep. Jim Gerlach PA-6
Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick PA-8
Rep. Tim Johnson IL-13
Rep. Tom Reed NY-23
Rep. Paul Ryan WI-1
"An informed vote?" Tim Johnson isn't even running for reelection. Nor, incidentally, is Paul Ryan.
And by the way, these guys would like you to donate to their cause.
Here's the website ...
More superPAC spending in 13th District race
This morning's update from the Federal Election Commisison shows that the "independent" spending in the 13th Congressional District race (David/Gill/Hartman) is up to $2.719 million. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put in another approximately $320,000 against Republican Rodney Davis and a new group -- the Lunch Pail Republicans -- reported spending $25,543 on behalf of Davis.
Tribune endorses Enyart
The Chicago Tribune this morning endorsed Democrat Bill Enyart over Republican Jason Plummer in the 12th Congressional District race in southwestern Illinois.
"Democrats drew the new 12th District in southern Illinois to be a safe haven for Rep. Jerry Costello of Belleville. But then Costello, who has been in the House since 1988, decided to retire. Jason Plummer, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2010, moved into the district to run. Plummer, 30, vice president of his family's lumber company, was woefully unprepared to run for lieutenant governor. He still won't release his tax returns — even though one of his talking points is the need to reform the tax code. We credit him for educating himself on the issues that matter to this diverse, 12-county district, which includes the Metro East area, farming and coal mining regions and Scott Air Force Base. Our endorsement goes to Democrat Bill Enyart of Belleville, a lawyer who just retired after 30 years in the Illinois National Guard, the last five as commander for the state. Enyart's military experience is perhaps his best asset, since the base, with its 13,000 employees, is the district's biggest economic engine. While Plummer says the Department of Defense is the only untouchable program in the federal budget, Enyart says there is no question that defense spending will fall with two wars winding down. Some bases will suffer cuts, he says, while others grow as operations are consolidated. One way of enhancing Scott's future is to make sure the new Boeing refueler is based there, and Enyart says he's well positioned to make that happen: "Who do you want in the halls of Congress advocating for Scott Air Force Base?" Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw of Carbondale also is on the ballot."
"Your Election Headquarters"?
This Peoria television station -- WMBD -- apparently is unaware that there is a third candidate in the 13th Congressional District.
It asked only Republican Rodney Davis and Democrat David Gill their positions on Social Security.
John Hartman, the independent candidate from Edwardsville, was just plain ignored. No wonder it's so hard for an independent or third-party candidate to get any traction ...