Area history, Feb. 8, 2014

Today is Saturday, Feb. 7, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, there are reports that Congressman Borchers' nomination of C.J. Mullikin to be Champaign's new postmaster is in trouble. Local Democrats apparently are in disagreement over who should get the appointment. Two unsuccessful applicants are said to have left for Washington yesterday to fight on their own behalf and against Mullikin.

In 1964, speaking to a collegiate audience at the Illini Union last night, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Charles Percy said the job of the next governor is to "create job opportunities for a million 'war babies' who are coming into the labor market at the rate of 2,000 a week." Percy also said that Illinois is lagging behind the rest of the country in economic growth. He also attacked public aid recipients who refuse to work.

In 1999, a man who led Danville and Indiana police on a high-speed chase last year is suing the police, claiming their pursuit tactics endangered him and his daughter. Robert G. Porter of Danville filed the suit in U.S. District Court in South Bend, Ind.

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