Today in local history
In 1912, Professor P.L. Windsor, University of Illinois librarian, received a letter yesterday from New York agents saying that they had been advised from English shippers that several parcels of books and foreign periodicals assigned to the UI from Europe had been shipped on the ill-fated White Star steamer, the Titanic, which was wrecked off of Newfoundland this week. The letter asserts that the university will suffer no loss but that there will be some delay in replacing the lost consignments.
In 1962, a smouldering fire broke through the roof of a student rooming house at 611 E. Park St., C, gutting the third floor and heavily damaging the entire house. No one was injured in the blaze. The house formerly was the living quarters for the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary — nuns at Mercy Hospital — and was being purchased under contract by John “Red” Pace and Lee Eilbracht.
Habeeb Habeeb on labor union protests at Gov. Mitch Daniels' appearance in Champaign today
Last night at the Champaign County Republican Party's biennial convention, newly elected chair Habeeb Habeeb advised GOP precinct committeemen to be respectful of those who plan to protest Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' appearance at tonight's Lincoln Day dinner.
"This is America. They have the right to be there. They have the right to peaceful assembly. We have the right to peaceful assembly. Please be respectful," said Habeeb, who said there would be plenty of security at the event.
"We have plenty of police. I want to commend the police. You will not believe how much work they do ahead of time. I have met with them many times. We have internal security we’re paying for inside the building. We will have no trouble. Just be calm, be happy, enjoy that this is America and that they can say whatever they want and we can say whatever we want.”
Gill says he has lead over generic Republican candidate in new poll he commissioned
From a Gill press release ...
A new survey conducted by nationally-renowned polling firm Victoria Research & Consulting shows that Democrat David Gill has a substantial lead over two likely Republicans in the new 13th Congressional District of Illinois.
Gill’s campaign commissioned the poll to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the Democratic nominee and develop its strategy for the general election campaign in this open seat race. The poll was conducted April 11-13 among 400 registered, likely 2012 general election voters.
“Our poll shows the race is wide open,” said pollster Donna Victoria. “In fact, David Gill already holds a significant lead over two prominent Republican candidates. What’s clear from our numbers is that Dr. Gill has a significant base of support no matter which candidate the Republicans ultimately put forth.”
The Victoria Research survey shows Democrat David Gill beating Republican Jerry Clarke handily 40% to 33%. Against Republican Rodney Davis, David Gill has a double-digit lead of 41% to 31%. %. In both matchups, Gill outperforms the generic trial heat for Congress, which is +3 in favor of a Democrat (38% to 35% for a Republican).
“This new poll proves that David Gill is well-positioned to move into the general election as a strong nominee for the Democratic Party,” said Gill spokesman Michael Richards. “While the Republican Party bosses are arguing over who to replace Tim Johnson with, we’re moving forward with our message of cleaning up Congress and standing up to Wall Street. We’re ready to add a new seat to the Democratic column.”
“The polling shows David has a good base in the old 15th CD portion of the district and he starts strong in the rest of the new 13th CD,” Richards continued. “David’s populist positions and grassroots message are in line with the concerns of the middle-class voters of this new district. They want someone new who won’t be bought and paid for by big corporations. They want someone who will have the courage to stand up and be honest on tough issues. That’s David Gill.”
“David Gill has been battle-tested,” Richards concluded. “Our new poll proves he can withstand strong criticism and attacks and still appeal to undecided voters. The Republican line that David is a ‘flawed candidate’ is just pure political posturing. They know the same thing we do. The Republicans are in deep trouble in the new 13th District.”