Area history, Feb. 5, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, it is reported that two twin city women may seek public office this spring. Mrs. Mae Wright of Urbana may become a candidate for collector in Urbana Township. She would neither confirm nor deny the report, although she said her friends wanted her to make the race. In Champaign, Miss Nell Dawson is being urged to run for collector of Champaign Township. The Illinois attorney general has ruled that women are eligible to run for the office.

In 1964, the Champaign City Council has authorized a contract to install automatic flashing light signals at the Hickory Street and McKinley Avenue crossings of the Peoria and Eastern Railroad. The city's $5,200 of the cost will be paid from gasoline tax funds.

In 1999, a consultant said that jet planes make sense at Willard Airport. Steve Hendrickson of the Kiehl Hendrickson Group of Minneapolis said that if one airline came and offered jet service, market pressures would force competitors to match that level of service.

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