Daily dose: No Sunday paper?!?, 13th District independent spending passes $3.5 million, Where candidates get their contributions, Stable natural gas prices this winter
In 1912, the Synod of Illinois, meeting at the George McKinley Memorial Church in Champaign, went on record yesterday as favoring a more appropriate observance of the Sabbath, including no reading of Sunday newspapers. Its resolution said they “condemn all secular uses of the Sabbath day, games and sports, unnecessary traveling, the open saloon, dance halls and moving picture shows. We oppose Sunday newspapers and urge our members to refuse to subscribe for it, read it or advertise in it.” (Italics added by me)
In 1962, McLean County and state officials kept a close watch on the dam and pumping stations at Lake Bloomington after receiving a tip that the dam would be bombed. Authorities said the tip came from a reliable informant. Ten state troopers were sent to the lake area to help patrol it. Earlier this month, a cafe near Illinois State Normal University was heavily damaged by a bomb blast.
13th District "independent" spending update
Today's update from the Federal Election Commisison says that total "independent" spending in the 13th Congressional District race -- that is, spending supposedly not coordinated with a candidate's campaign — is at more than $3.5 million.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put another $279,242 into advertising in the race, all aimed so far at attacks on Republican candidate Rodney Davis of Taylorville.
13th District campaign contributions
One of the issues mentioned in last night's 13th District candidate debate at Illinois State University (which, incidentally, had a tremendous crowd of more than 600 people on a stormy night) dealt with where the candidate's campaign contributions are coming from.
OpenSecrets.org offers this look at the 13th District contributions to Republican Rodney Davis and Democat David Gill ...
8% are small contributions
49% are large contributions
41% are PAC contributions
95% of contributions are from Illinois, 5% from out of state
Top Zip Code for contributions: Taylorville
29% are small contributions
54% are large contributions
16% are from PACS
79% of contributions are from Illinois, 21% are from out of state
Top Zip Code for contributions: Urbana
Stable natural gas prices forecast for this winter
From Ameren Illinois ...
PEORIA - Ameren Illinois customers can expect a continuation of
moderate natural gas prices during the upcoming 2012-13 heating season.
"We anticipate customer natural gas prices for this winter will be similar to prices
paid last winter," said Ameren Illinois Gas Supply Manager Ken Dothage. "This
moderate trend in natural gas prices is the result of increased North American
natural gas supply due to the rapid development of shale gas throughout the U.S.,
continued sluggish domestic and global economies and soft worldwide demand for all
forms of energy."
During the 2011-12 heating season, Ameren Illinois customers paid an average of
$0.59 per therm which includes the cost of interstate gas transportation, leased
storage, and the natural gas commodity. Ameren Illinois anticipates the 2011-12
heating average season price to remain flat as compared to last year.
An actual monthly bill is based on the amount of natural gas a customer uses. The
2011-12 heating season was unusually mild, resulting in less natural gas being used
by many residential customers. However, customers can expect to use more natural gas
if there is a return to more normal temperatures during the 2012-13 heating season.
This most likely would result in higher overall bills as compared to last winter.
Dothage also stressed that Ameren Illinois has secured adequate natural gas supplies
to meet customer needs during the upcoming heating season. He noted that Ameren
Illinois has a significant portion of its natural gas supplies hedged or "price
protected" for the upcoming winter to insulate customers from market price
Natural gas is a commodity which Ameren Illinois purchases from various producers
for delivery to its customers. Ameren Illinois does not profit from or mark-up the
cost of natural gas supplies purchased.
"While the expectation of stable natural gas prices are welcomed, we recognize and
continue to be concerned about the impact the cost of heating may have on our
customers," Dothage said. "We will continue to help our customers understand this
issue and provide the information they need to better manage their energy usage."