Wednesday's News-Gazette: dueling political polls, new emergency shelter plans, soul-searching for Illini gridders

In Wednesday's newspaper, we've got more political coverage as the election draws near, word of plans for a new family emergency shelter, and some soul-searching for the Illini football team.
In his Wednesday column, political editor Tom Kacich writes that incumbents enjoy huge fundraising advantages in all three state legislative races in Champaign and Vermilion counties.
In a separate story, he reports on dueling polls in the 13th District Congressional race. David Gill has a 9 percentage point lead among likely voters according to a poll paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. But the campaign of Republican Rodney Davis said Tuesday that its polling gives Davis a 43 percent to 39 percent lead over Gill.
Debra Pressey reports that an Urbana church will house the United Way of Champaign’s new emergency family shelter if final details can be worked out with the city. In preparation for the Dec. 1 opening of the shelter, the United Way has launched a bedding drive this week to help stock the new shelter with sheets, towels, pillows and blankets.
And in Sports, columnist Loren Tate writes that the Illini football coaches and players have used the week off to try to come up with some answers about the team's poor performance over the last several weeks. The team ranks at or near the bottom of the Big Ten in offensive, defensive and special teams statistics, and desperately needs to get a win Saturday against an Indiana team that has no trouble scoring points but has lost some close games.

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