Area history, Jan. 15, 2014

On Jan. 15:

In 1914, Champaign Postmaster Ozias Riley said that even if a new postmaster is announced today, it probably would be two to three weeks before any changes are made. Riley has been postmaster since Oct. 7, 1887. During his time, the workforce at the post office increased from 10 to 32 and annual receipts grew from $19,500 to $74,474.

In 1964, the student newspaper at the University of Illinois called on UI officials to remove cigarette vending machines from campus buildings. Most of the buildings on campus have at least one cigarette vending machine. The DI said that the recent surgeon general's report on cigarette smoking "makes it necessary for the university to reconsider its policy. Such machines have been permitted for the sake of convenience but they also implied a tacit attitude that smoking is not harmless or at least not dangerous."

In 1999. the old Burnham City Hospital building soon will be for sale. But it could be difficult finding a new owner, considering the enormous costs some believe it will take to redevelop the property at Fourth Street and Springfield Avenue in Champaign.

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