Area history, Feb. 10, 2014

Area history, Feb. 10, 2014

Today is Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, wet forces in Champaign have filed a petition with 585 signatures, calling for another referendum this spring on whether the town of Champaign shall remain "prohibition territory." Yesterday afternoon, the members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union were called together to plan a counterattack on the wets. They are calling for a referendum two weeks later when the city elections are held.

In 1964, Harry Tiebout, chairman of the Cunningham Township Democratic Central Committee, today issued a statement saying that he is not running for chairman of the Champaign County Democratic Party, as had been rumored. "The reform group has not formed to get me or any other particular individual elected as county chairman. Its sole objective is to get the Democratic Party moving again by eliminating the deadwood in the present county organization," Tiebout said.

In 1999, the head of the Rantoul City Schools district is scheduled to have bypass surgery this week after suffering a heart attack on the job. William Trankina, 50, was meeting with an administrator and some teachers when he began suffering chest pains. He is in Carle Foundation Hospital.

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