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Area history, Jan. 15, 2019

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, the Piatt County Board of Supervisors appointed a committee to develop hard roads throughout the county.

In 1969, the Rantoul Park Board announced that a 6-acre tract of land west of Rantoul had been offered to the village as a park site.

UPDATE: Dropped beakers led to chemical spill at UI's Beckman Institute

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.:

URBANA — One person was taken to a hospital as a precaution after a chemical spill Monday at the Beckman Institute on the University of Illinois campus.

Around 12:30 p.m., Urbana Fire Marshal Phil Edwards said, first responders were told that a man was moving beakers in a laboratory when some of them fell out of the bottom of the box they were in.

UPDATE: Urbana mayor announces choice for Ammons' successor on council

URBANA — Pending approval Monday night by the Urbana City Council, Shirese Hursey will succeed Aaron Ammons as Ward 3 representative.

Mayor Diane Marlin made the announcement early Monday afternoon.

Pet Talk | Making seizures less scary

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

Seizures in pets can be scary for pet owners. Knowing what seizures look like and what to do when they occur can help put pet owners at ease. Dr. Devon Hague, a veterinary neurologist at the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, sees multiple patients every day that have had seizures.

Editorial | Headed down the same road

Expect it to be business as usual with the Illinois Tollway Authority.

Three cheers for efforts to end self-interested patronage politics in Illinois. Nonetheless, those familiar with politics here can only watch with amusement at the recent legislative zeal to bring reform to the Illinois Tollway Authority.

Area history, Jan. 14, 2019

Today is Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, by a vote of 84-66, the Illinois House of Representatives ratified the federal prohibition amendment. The Senate approved the resolution a week earlier.

Deb Aronson | Dragons and chocolate make a great combination


After reading "Dragon with a Chocolate Heart" and "The Girl with the Dragon Heart" by Stephanie Burgis, I wonder that there aren't more books that combine chocolate and dragons. That's a winning and — to my mind — unique combination.

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | Local theater: The unforgettables


Long ago, Aristotle described the value of drama. Humans learn and progress through imitation. Plays give the pleasure of recognition. In the case of tragedy, audiences earn an emotional cleansing through the arousal of pity and fear.

For the retirees, Jan. 13-20, 2019

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Editorial | Pritzker starting off on right foot

The incoming Democratic governor is set to enter office Monday with the impression that he's willing to work across the aisle.

When Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker is sworn into office Monday, he'll be expected to outline his plans for the next four years in this problem-ridden state.