UPDATED: Daily dose: 13th District spending now approaching $6 million, Local history, Bob Dole on George McGovern, SJR endorses David Gill

UPDATED: Daily dose: 13th District spending now approaching $6 million, Local history, Bob Dole on George McGovern, SJR endorses David Gill

  13th District  'independent' spending soars to more than $4.5 million

"Independent" spending in the 13th Congressional  District race cleared the $4.5 million mark over the weekend with a more than $600,000 expenditure by the American Action Network.

The group opposes Democrat David Gill in the three-way race that also includes Republican Rodney Davis and independent John Hartman.

The American Action Network now has spent more than $925,000 to defeat Gill. That's more than Rodney Davis himself, at least as of Sept. 30, had spent on his campaign.

The $4.5 million in superPAC and other independent spending in the 13th District race moves it into third place among the top congressional races in Illinois, behind the 17th District (Bobby Schilling/Cheri Bustos) where $6.6 million has been expended, and the 11th District contest between Rep. Judy Biggert and Democrat Bill Foster  ($5.3 million).

Total spending in the 13th District race, including the money expended by the Gill and Davis campaigns, is approaching $6 million.

The biggest players are: the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, $1.76 million; the National Republican Congressional Committee, $1.09 million; the AAN; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, $500,000.

Total anti-Gill spending: $2.68 million

Total anti-Davis spending: $1.8 million.

Local history  

Oct. 20

In 1912, three Chicago politicians from each political party have begun a tour through Illinois to conduct a straw poll for the Chicago Record-Herald. In a canvass of the businessmen of Champaign and Urbana, they found 84 votes for Taft, 77 for Wilson and 65 for Roosevelt.

In 1962, Urbana knocked state-ranked Decatur from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 14-13 victory over Decatur before 6,000 fans at McKinley Field. It was Urbana’s 15th annual homecoming celebration. And Champaign needed help from its wolfpack defense before submerging Lincoln, 33-7, in the rain Friday night. Both teams are unbeaten and share first place in the Big 12 Conference.

Oct. 21

In 1912, George Huff, the director of athletics at the University of Illinois, dispersed a mob of about 1,500 students in downtown Champaign Saturday night. The students had been celebrating the football victory over Indiana on Saturday afternoon. “If you want to kill football, this is the way to do it,” Huff shouted. “You are killing it now. There has been talk of abolishing football at the University of Illinois because of just such things as this. Murder will be the result if you don’t stop it, and a man could hardly be blamed for shooting in a place like this. This is a disgrace to the university. You ought to go home.” Several people inside the Walker Opera House were injured when bricks thrown from outside came through the windows. Grace Smedley, one of the chorus girls, was hit in the head by a brick. A stagehand was knocked unconscious.

In 1962, a proposed junior college for Iroquois County was defeated, 2,413 to 1,590, in a countywide vote Saturday. An Iroquois County Junior College Committee has been working for three years to establish a junior college in order to provide more educational opportunities at a lower cost.

Oct. 22

In 1912, Illinois Athletic Director George Huff called on the university’s faculty to “stop such acts of rowdyism as that which transpired Saturday night” in downtown Champaign. “Two or three upperclassmen could have stopped it for the crowd was made up almost entirely of freshmen and boys about town. I saw two or three of them, lads of about 14, throwing bricks,” he said. State’s Attorney Coggeshall said today he would prosecute any offenders if their names were brought to him. “By all means they should be punished for such lawlessness,” he said.

In 1962, Champaign’s new city manager, Warren Browning, said he hoped to move his family to Champaign later this week. Browning, currently the city manager in Pittsburg, Kan., is scheduled to take over his official duties on Oct. 29. He said he had no comment on the scandal involving six Champaign police officers who resigned after it was alleged that they had stolen small items from businesses.

Bob Dole on George McGovern

From The Washington Post ...

"In recent years, George and I had several occasions to get together and reflect on our lives, our political careers and our respective presidential campaigns. No matter how many times we replayed it, he never did defeat President Nixon and I never did defeat Bill Clinton. We agreed, however, that the greatest of life’s blessings cannot be counted in electoral votes.

"In 2008, George and I were humbled to be named the co-recipients of the World Food Prize. As we were called on stage to accept the award, we once again reached across the aisle, walking to the podium literally arm-in-arm. I began my acceptance remarks by saying that “The good news is that we finally won something. It proves that you should never give up.”

"There can be no doubt that throughout his half-century career in the public arena, George McGovern never gave up on his principles or in his determination to call our nation to a higher plain. America and the world are for the better because of him."


Springfield paper endorses Gill for Congress

From the State Journal-Register ...

"Candidates who try to be too goody-two-shoes about their campaign funding often run into the same problem as 13th Congressional District Democrat David Gill: Explaining how the money they said was dirty seeped into their campaign.

"Gill spent Thursday trying to explain how the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which doesn’t have any scruples about taking cash from corporate political action committees and Wall Street banks, ended up paying for a television advertisement proclaiming Gill’s political purity.

"The disclaimer at the end of the ad says it was paid for by the DCCC and Gill’s campaign.

"Reporters and Republican opponent Rodney Davis rightly pounced on Gill’s inconsistency and it has dominated news coverage of the race.

"The same type of thing happened in the 1998 gubernatorial campaign to Democrat Glenn Poshard, a fundamentally decent public servant who lost to the now-imprisoned George Ryan.

"The lesson is clear: While the campaign finance laws may be rotten, by creating another set of rules for yourself, you set yourself up to fail. Change the system when you get elected.

"This kerfuffle made no difference in our endorsement, which is based on the issues.

"Both Gill and Davis are ideological warriors. If there were a viable, moderate candidate in the race, voters would be better served. Gill is the better choice for several reasons:"








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