Daily dose: Local histor(ies) and pension negotiations
For today ...
In 1912, a bulldog valued at $15 was killed by police the other evening, and as a result, there has been a big holler by residents in the vicinity. They claim that if the officers shoot one unmuzzled dog, they should go after all the others too. Mayor Coughlin issued a proclamation Aug. 1 that said that all unmuzzled dogs would be shot in August and September. In spite of this, there are a number of dogs going around the streets unmuzzled.
In 1962, Republican Robert J. Waaler Tuesday attracted 2,770 votes — enough to give him an almost 2-to-1 victory margin over Norval D. Hodges for the Republican nomination for Champaign County state’s attorney. Hodges polled 1,488 votes. Urbana attorney Joseph Carson ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
and yesterday ...
In 1912, the Urbana Masonic Lodge will remodel its building on Main Street at a cost of between $15,000 and $20,000, and it’s the first of a number of improvements on Main Street. The Masonic building will get a new front, and an elevator service put in. The interiors of the second and third floor also will be rearranged.
In 1962, a “Do Not Enter” sign posted at the corner of Taylor and Walnut streets seems appropriate for what is left of the historic Imperial Building behind the First National Bank building. Workmen are razing the Imperial Building and the Porthole Building, directly behind the Imperial on Taylor Street, to make way for new drive-in teller units for the bank. Throngs of people have been lining the streets daily to watch the demolition.
House Minority Leader Tom Cross on pension debate
From the Daily Herald ...
While Cross speculated that a solution might not be in the cards on Friday, he also noted “there’s never going to be a good time to do pension reform.” He encouraged Quinn to “call us back Saturday, Sunday, Monday. ... It’ll be chaotic down there, (but) put us in a room, lock it with a key, and when we’re done let us out.”