Daily dose: Local history, 13th District 'independent' spending approaches $7 milion
In 1912, a big Republican Party rally will be held at 8 tonight at the Elks’ Auditorium, featuring Dean Harker of the University of Illinois law school, former Gov. Richard Yates, state Sen. H.M. Dunlap and Congressman William McKinley. There also will be a parade and an appearance by the University of Illinois Glee Club.
In 1962, the resignation of an eighth Champaign police officer was requested this morning in connection with the investigation of thefts and burglaries by members of the department. Champaign City Manager Warren Browning and Police Chief Harvey Shirley requested the resignation of Officer Lawrence Shirley, 24. Shirley, who is Chief Shirley’s nephew, is accused of knowing of the illegal activities by his colleagues but not reporting them.
'Independent' 13th District spending nearing $7 million
I thought all the spending by so-called "independent" groups — those not connected with the candidates — in the 13th Congressional District race had ended. But not yet.
With less than a week before Election Day, the Federal Election Commisison reports that groups -- some of them new to the race -- are still pouring money into the congressional contest between Republican Rodney Davis, Democrat David Gill and independent John Hartman.
The last-minute spending indicates that both sides think the race is still winnable.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which like it or not for Gill has become the face of his campaign, added another $357,612 in anti-Davis spending yesterday. The House Majority PAC, new to the race, put in $167,000 in anti-Davis advertising.
On the other side comes $2,752 in radio ads for Davis by the National Right to Life Victory PAC, $15,016 from the New Prosperity Foundation and $23,466 from the YG Network Inc., which describes itself as "dedicated to supporting conservative center-right policies and the efforts of policymakers who fight for those policies."