Area history, Feb.13, 2014

Area history, Feb.13, 2014

Today is Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, the first four grades in the public schools in the city were dismissed this noon for the remainder of the day because of the disagreeable weather. About 25 percent of the pupils were absent this morning, the great majority of whom were children from the lower grades. A few of the classrooms were reported cold this morning, due to the fact that they were on the windward sides of the buildings. The students were transferred to warmer rooms.

In 1964, Sears, Roebuck and Co. will open a branch store in Rantoul about March 15. It will be a catalog sales and appliance store located in a modern, one-story and basement structure being erected at 212 E. Sangamon in downtown Rantoul.

In 1999. Gov. George Ryan won't call a summit meeting on the death penalty but will conduct his own informal research into the issue, he said. His announcement comes in the wake of the release last week of Anthony Porter, the 10th death row inmate in Illinois to be exonerated of his crimes since the death penalty was reinstituted in Illinois in 1977.

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