Area history, Feb. 9, 2014

Area history, Feb. 9, 2014

Today is Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, an unknown man, believed to be Russian, was killed this morning when he was struck by the Illinois Central employees suburban train. The accident happened a half-mile south of the IC yard office. Two men were walking north on the southbound main track. They stepped aside to get out of the way but did not escape.

In 1964, a sizeable majority of the 136 Democratic candidates for precinct committeemen appear to be backing the newly organized "reform" group of the party, which has been formed in hopes of getting Harry M. Tiebout of Urbana elected county chairman. The present county chairman is Leo Pfeffer of Seymour. The reform group has charged that Pfeffer "plays favorites," compromises with Republicans and isn't interested in the national aims of the Democratic Party.

In 1999, the University of Illinois will no longer allow advertising for beer or alcohol on its athletic event broadcasts. The decision follows moves by a half-dozen universities across the country to limit promotional ties to beer companies. The UI earlier had a three-year contract with Miller Brewing Co. that generated $183,000.

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