Area history, Jan. 24, 2014

On Jan. 24:

In 1914, the Champaign City Council, meeting as a committee of the whole, has endorsed the idea of spending $500 to secure the services of a detective. The administration feels that a detective is needed to gather information concerning bootleggers and other violators of the law. The committee also deferred action on a petition asking that the street-renaming ordinance be repealed.

In 1964, State Treasurer William J. Scott did a turnabout Friday afternoon and announced that he would be a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor. Hayes Robertson simultaneously said he would bow out as a candidate. Four hours earlier, Scott had said he would not run for the nomination. The reason for the change of heart, he said, was "we must drive the wheelers and dealers out of the Republican Party."

In 1999, a road of Olympian proportions is about to get off the drawing board, but it may require some athletic maneuvering to turn the plans into pavement. The city of Champaign last week agreed to take over the responsibility as the lead agency for developing Olympian Drive north of Champaign-Urbana. Eventually it will become a major east-west artery connecting the roughly 6 miles between Interstate 57 and U.S. 45.

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