Daily dose: Local history and the sorta warm Cubs

Daily dose: Local history and the sorta warm Cubs

Local history

Beginning of the interstate highway idea?


In 1911, Sen. Shelby Cullom of Illinois has proposed legislation that the federal government begin construction of improved highways as part of its general system of internal improvements. The bill would appropriate $1 million to enable a commission to make plans for construction of great national highways radiating from the nation’s capital to several parts of the country at an average cost of $12,000 a mile. They are to be known as the Washington, Roosevelt, Lincoln, Grant, National, Jefferson, Monroe and Lee highways.

Arsonist on the loose

In 1961, an arsonist tried his hardest to send Holy Cross Church up in a blazing mass of flames and smoke. But his failure to touch off at least two key fires which he had set in the church, plus another fine job of firefighting by the Champaign Fire Department, saved the church at the southwest corner of Clark and Prairie streets. Damage to the church could reach as high as $75,000.

Cubs get hot

Went to my first Cubs game in three or four years yesterday. It was fun and, yes, I still think the Cubs are not a good team.

But now that the pressure is off they have made a nice little run in the last month and are dangerously close to moving into contention for third place in the National League Central. They are 14-12 in the last month, and have won eight of their last 10.

A month ago they were 12 games out, and now they're 16 out. But a month ago the Pirates were 1 game out and the Reds were 4 out. Now both are 10 games out -- just 6 games away from the lowly Cubs with a month and a half to go.

All this good news for the Cubs and their management translates into bad news for Cubs fans. It gives management an excuse to maintain the status quo and keep most of the top execs and players. I think you see it when Cubs manager Mike Quade keeps playing his veterans (Soriano), instead of the young players that presumably are the team's future (Campana). Feels like 1966, 1976 and many years since.






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