Daily dose: Local history, Koch brothers, Mike Thomas in Springfield, possible drinking problem, Rodney Davis and Ann Callis

Daily dose: Local history, Koch brothers, Mike Thomas in Springfield, possible drinking problem, Rodney Davis and Ann Callis

Local history

In 1913, sometime last night or this morning a miscreant entered the Col. Wolfe School house and turned on the water, which flooded the building with the exception of the seventh room. The water was turned on in the boilers, and after they were filled, was forced into the radiators. On account of the air valves being open, the water ran into the rooms and and there was several inches on the floors. Studies resumed at the school this afternoon.

In 1963, Illinois legislators arriving on the University of Illinois campus this afternoon will discover many changes since their last biennial visit here in 1961. The lawmakers will be entertained at a 7 p.m. dinner in the new Illini Room of the addition to the Illini Union and at a luncheon Friday at the new Assembly Hall. A narrated bus tour of the campus will start at 10 a.m. Friday and end at noon at the Assembly Hall.

Scary newspaper owners?

From Crain's Chicago Business ...

"Why is the City of Big Shoulders so afraid of the Koch Brothers?

"We've been here before: Just about 30 years ago, we showed Rupert Murdoch and his Wingo game the figurative door. He was soon rid of the Sun-Times, and Chicago was well rid of him. We were actually quite snooty about it, collectively showing him that this was a town that took its journalism seriously. No Page 2 girls for us, thank you very much.

"It's telling, then, that Mr. Murdoch, the Australian media baron once much mocked here by columnist Mike Royko as “the alien,” is now seen as a more preferable steward of the Chicago Tribune than these murky conservative brothers — aliens from Wichita — who seem more entity than individual. (For instance, do they even have names?) (They do, David and Charles.)

"Our snootiness this time seems much more wan and hollow than it did in 1984, when the Fields of department store fame sold the Sun-Times to the interloping Australian. So why, then, are we so afraid of a couple of reactionary rich guys from Kansas?

"In part, we're still brutalized by the poker party in Col. McCormick's office and other Sam Zell-spawned antics with the Tribune (that whole bankruptcy thing, for one). If you'll remember, when we last found ourselves tied to these railroad tracks, we Big Shoulderans begged Mr. Zell to buy Tribune Co. as a way to fend off the evil Los Angeles syndicate. Oh, for another taste of those problems!"

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130425/OPINION/130429886 On the road with the UI's Mike Thomas From The State Journal-Register ... "The University of Illinois is in the very early stages of what’s planned to be a three-year renovation of 50-year-old Assembly Hall. By the end of this week, Athletic Director Mike Thomas hopes to gauge the response of basketball season-ticket holders and I-Fund donors to an informational brochure that was mailed out almost a month ago.

"But Thomas is confident that donors will come through with 75 percent of the $160 million price tag for the project called Illinois Renaissance. If he needs any reassurance, he can look at nearby Memorial Stadium and the suite-filled west tower — completed in 2008 for about $120 million.

“'We’re in uncharted territory in the Assembly Hall,' said Thomas, who was the featured speaker at Wednesday night’s Springfield Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet. “But it’s a familiar situation for the people who were on the staff when the west tower went up.

“'Based on what they’ve told me, and based on who we’ve reached out to, we’re probably in about the same place. And that’s a good thing. That was a successful project with a lot of people involved who made it become a reality.'"


A drinking problem

From the Daily Pantagraph ...

"BLOOMINGTON — An Ellsworth man on his way into the McLean County Law and Justice Center to dispute a drunken-driving charge came to the building intoxicated and struck a court security officer during a struggle for his car keys, police said Wednesday.

"When officers questioned Michael D. Schroyer, 48, about his alleged unsteady gait and asked if he had been drinking, Schroyer responded, “Hell, yeah. I drink every day,” according to sheriff’s police reports.

"An account of Tuesday’s incident by a sheriff’s deputy indicates Schroyer struggled with officers as they attempted to take his car keys before he could leave the parking lot on the west side of the courthouse. During a struggle with police, Schroyer was pushed to the ground and suffered facial injuries, said a report.

"Once at the jail, Schroyer allegedly refused to provide a breath sample to officers.

“'The last time I did that they told me I had so much alcohol in my blood that I should have been dead. I think that machine was wrong. That’s why I’m here today. I am going to fight it. I got a hell of a tolerance, I guess,' the officer quoted Schroyer as saying. Schroyer’s comments reportedly were about traffic citations issued in March charging him with drunken driving and illegal transportation of alcohol.

"A report of the March arrest indicates that Schroyer’s blood alcohol content was 0.336, more than four times the legal limit for driving."


Rep. Rodney Davis a "Patriot"

As I reported Wednesday, http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-04-24/tom-kacich-judge-poten... 13th Congressional District Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, may face Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis in next November's general election.

From a press release  ...

Champaign, IL – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) this week was named to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Patriot” program. The program, chaired by Reps. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), is a goal-oriented program to help Members stay on offense and fully prepare for their re-election campaigns.

“The goal of the program is to help hold me and my campaign accountable for the next 18 months and make us better prepared for 2014,” said Davis. “This is truly a 50/50 district. More than $9 million was spent on this race last fall and I’ve already been named a top target by national Democrats for 2014, so we know it will be a fight again and I welcome the challenge.”

Through a number of Member-based communications, fundraising and strategy goals established at the beginning of the cycle, the program helps to ensure that its members are ready to run well-funded and organized campaigns against their Democratic opponents. Davis was one of 11 Republicans named to the program this week.

“Our Members in the Patriot Program have proven that they are ready to run aggressive, organized campaigns,” said NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.). “House Republicans have a plan to grow our economy naturally and organically, while Democrats are still focused on the old, failed Washington policies that are hurting job growth. I am proud of our members for working so hard to protect American families and small businesses.”


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