Area history, Feb. 4, 2014

Area history, Feb. 4, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, a Champaign County jury could not agree to a verdict in a civil suit brought against the Ladies Aid Society of the Baptist church of Mahomet. Miss Olive Clifton of Decatur had charged that she had engaged with the Mahomet people to present plays and that she was to receive half of the proceeds of two performances. But after one night with a small audience, the ladies had decided not to stage the play again. But after Miss Clifton left Mahomet, the play was presented again and was said to have cleared $70. Miss Clifton wanted her share, but the church ladies said the play was not under the auspices of the aid society.

In 1964, a faculty advisory committee has recommended to the State Board of Higher Education that the University of Illinois and all other state-supported universities be lumped together into an Illinois State University System. The committee is advising the Board of Higher Education on a master plan for higher education in Illinois.

In 1999, Illinois Power Co., and its contractor, Asplundh, are engaged in another battle with Champaign-Urbana residents over tree trimming. The utility says the trimming is necessary to ensure reliability of service while residents say it will kill the trees.

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