Daily dose: Local history, 13th District outside spending finishes at $6.7 million, first Hartman yard sign
In 1912, George W. Franklin, who was injured on the job yesterday at the C.N. Clark Marble Works, has been given no hope of surviving. Surgeons say almost his entire face was torn off, one eye is gone and his brain is exposed. Doctors say they have never seen anyone like Mr. Franklin who must have suffered terribly but has not complained. He has been a faithful employee of the marble plant for 29 years.
In 1962, Mattoon stunned Urbana 24-7 in a homecoming victory at Mattoon, knocking Urbana from the ranks of the unbeaten. Meanwhile, Danville tied Champaign 32-32. The tie gives Champaign undisputed possession of first place in the Big 12 Conference with a record of 3-0-1. Urbana is 3-1. Champaign and Urbana will meet in their annual season finale next Friday at Urbana.
In 1912, Congressman William McKinley of Champaign took the unusual step of buying a full-page ad in the local papers to implore voters to give him another term in Washington. “In my campaign this fall, I have slandered no one,” Rep. McKinley said. “I have called my opponents no hard names — said nothing against their characters. I requested the speakers who spoke on my behalf to follow this same practice. I have been vilified and misrepresented beyond measure by the speakers of the Progressive Party, who have tried to make this a campaign of personalities rather than one of principles.”
In 1962, Illinois snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 14-10 victory over Purdue at West Lafayette. The win ended the longest losing streak in 47 years of modern Big Ten history. Illinois also had lost 11 consecutive conference games. The only team with a worse conference record was Northwestern, which had lost 17 straight games in a streak dating back to 1915.
In 1912, Gazette Square no doubt will be packed tonight when the Lyric Theatre management will throw from the third story of the Kariher Building the election returns onto a screen opposite the building. Special wires also will go to several other places in the city so that people can keep up on the returns. They include the Elks Club, the Knights of Pythias Hall, the Red Men’s Hall, South Imperial Hall, the Republican, Democratic and Progressive headquarters, the Walker Opera House, Lyric Theatre, Neil Theatre and University Club. The greatest portion of the adult population will remain up at least until midnight. A surprising number of women will remain up late. Perhaps never before have women taken such an interest in the election.
In 1962, some 35,000 Champaign County voters are expected to go to the polls Tuesday in what could be a record year for voter turnout in an off-year election in Illinois. Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The top race in Illinois is the U.S. Senate contest between Republican Sen. Everett M. Dirksen and Democrat Sidney Yates of Chicago.
Final count on 'independent' election spending
The Federal Election Commission reports that "independent" groups not affiliated with the congressional campaigns of Republican Rodney Davis or Democrat David Gill have spent more than $6.7 million in the 13th Congressional District race this fall.
Overall, conservative groups -- those supporting Davis and opposing Gill -- have put $3.77 million into the race. Those groups include the American Action Network, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Lunch Pail; Republicans, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the National Right to Life PAC, the National Right to Life Victory Fund, the New Prosperity Foundation, the NRA Institute fo Legislative Action, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the YG Network. The biggest donors in that group are the American Action Network ($1.48 milion) and the National Republican Congressional Committee ($1.45 million).
Liberal groups -- those supporting Gill and opposing Davis -- have put $3.12 million into the race. They include the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House Majority PAC, the National Nurses United 4 Patient Protection, Planned Parenthood Illinois, the Re-elect Congressman Kucinich Committee, the Service Employees International Union, and the Sierra Club. Biggest spenders among that group include teh DCCC ($2.83 million) and the House Majority PAC ($167,175).
That spending in the 13th District, which has slowed in recent weeks, makes it No. 5 among the 18 congressional district races in Illinois, in terms of outside spending.
Illinois' big 6 congressional races:
17th District (Schilling/Bustos): $9.252 million
11th District (Biggert/Foster): $8.13 million
12th District (Plummer/Enyart): $7.49 million
10th District (Dold/Schneider): $7.25 million
13th District (Davis/Gill/Hartman): $6.89 million
8th District (Walsh/Duckworth): $6.6 million
Overall, $46 million in outside money has been poured into the state's congressional races this. And that doesn't count the spending by the candidates' organizations.
On a per-vote basis the $6.7 million spent on the apparoximately 713,000 voters in the 13th District is a lot more than the $30 million spent in all of Indiana on its highly competitive U.S. Senate race.
Indiana has a population of 6.5 million.
I saw my first yard sign touting independent congressional candidate John Hartman this morning. Hartman, of Edwardsville, has so little money in his campaign fund that I didn't think he could afford yard signs, but there one was on Florida Avenue in Urbana.