Eric Bussell of Halfway Interesting weighs in on the latest scuttle from the Champaign mayoral race.
Rauner wants new service tax, cuts to income tax, freeze in property tax
Mr. Frerichs has earned a reputation for being a hardworking state legislator. He's easy to talk to, but educated and ambitious. He raised a ton of money early on. The Downstater worked overtime to keep all potential Chicago-area candidates out of the Democratic primary. Most Democratic primary voters are in Cook County, so that was a real coup for the Champaign County legislator.
But he's obviously not living up to expectations. He needs to up his game.
The Champaign school district has formally requested the use of 60 acres at Dodds Park for a future Central High School site. Which way would you vote? Tell Tom Kacich about it here
Facing a recent decline in passengers, an ever-changing industry and regional competition, Willard Airport and its ambitious task force have plenty on their plate SAVOY — Late one afternoon in June 1950, a DC-3 named "City of Champaign-Urbana" by Park Air Lines took off from St.
UPDATE 7/24: After generating so much attention in the N-G, I have attached a copy of the invite for your reference.
1. You have to check out the new Tom's Mailbag where I am personally targeted for my campaign contribution and Tom responds, "Your question implies some wrongdoing that isn't there. Lighten up, dude." I guess the pig is out of the bag about my in-kind fundraiser donation. Tom informed everyone the fundraiser will be hosted at Pear Tree Estate on August 6th at 6PM. Since the article was published, I received several inquiries about event details. Invitations were just sent out, but you can check out the event page HERE. All readers are welcome to attend! I guess I can thank that TMB contributor for helping me to promote the event...
2. Don Gerard responded to my Smile Politely Radio interview on his personal facebook page and lied by suggesting that Joe Petry's campaign manager (also on radio interview) and I were bad mouthing the people of Champaign. Sure, he was criticized for not showing up to the Smile Politely Q&A, but what do you expect? That was followed up by a FB post to his politician page where he accuses us of mudslinging and initiates class warfare and works to make it "us vs. them" (while asking for a donation). People in downtown Champaign last night were reporting about some type of Don Gerard event at the Hyatt where Don was passing out tickets on the street. Looks like the recent fundraising filings have really lit a fire ...
3. Tom's Mailbag also discussed the notion of Gerard taking credit for job growth. While Tom disagreed with the contributor's numbers, he did say "I agree that it’s a big stretch for the Mayor of Champaign to take credit for an improving unemployment rate in Champaign-Urbana." I wonder if the Gerard campaign will be accusing Tom Kacich of "mudslinging"?
4. It's been a tough two weeks for the Gerard campaign. I can only imagine that Big Debbie needs a hug right about now. It seems their whole campaign approach right now is to unite people against the supporters of other campaigns. It is what it is.
It is hard to believe that the Mayor's race is still almost a year away with all the attention and enthusiasm it is generating. Wow.
Q2 Receipts $38,746.72
Cash On Hand $47,099.27
Q2 Receipts $36,469.59
Cash on Hand $31,488.42
Angie Patton & Eric Bussell hustle over to the WEFT studio to share their take on how the mayoral race in Champaign is faring so far on the latest installment of Smile Politely Radio.
Joe Petry (Link Here) - $25,031.70
Deb Feinen (Link Here) - $9349
Don Gerard (Link Here) - $2,639.25
Karen Foster (Link Here) - $750
The links take you to the filing pages at the State Board of Elections. If you look at the filings, you can review more details such as itemized receipts and itemized expenditures. Note that a donation from a single individual or entity over $1000 requires candidates and/or committees to immediately report an A-1. Candidates and committees are required to file quarterly reports.
Check out my coverage of the Champaign mayoral race on the Smile Politely
blog online magazine, where you can share your opinion and observations about fundraising and/or developments in this race. (It will be published sometime today or Wednesday if not already published)