Area history, Feb. 15, 2014

Area history, Feb. 15, 2014

Today is Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, "Blackie" Wilson, manager of the Champaign baseball club, announced that he has signed several more good players for the upcoming season. "Windy" Lotshaw, an outfielder who played last year with a semiprofessional team in Indianapolis, is one of the recruits.

In 1964, wreckage of a light plane carrying Chicago Cubs second baseman Ken Hubbs was spotted today in Utah Lake, near Provo. Hubbs, 22, was the National League rookie of the year in 1962.

In 1999, the state treasury is overflowing. The economy is humming along. And Gov. George Ryan has a deep reservoir of good will with legislators, according to an Associated Press story. The state is likely to take in $1.4 billion more that originally expected during fiscal year 1999. Once all the late bills are paid there might be $400 million or so left over.

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