Area history, Feb. 18, 2014

Area history, Feb. 18, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914, Sumner H. Cater, 22, a second-year agriculture student at the University of Illinois, died at Burnham Hospital last night. Scarlet fever was the cause. The young man had been suffering only a few days. He had quarters at the YMCA building and was removed from there to the hospital four days ago. The body was placed in an airtight metallic casket and shipped to Princeton, Ill., today. Cater was the second student to die of scarlet fever this month.

In 1964, Illinois congressional districts created by the Legislature in 1961 include a suburban Cook County district that is nearly twice the size of a Chicago district. The average district should have about 420,000 residents, according to the Better Government Association. But one Chicago district has 279,817 residents, and a suburban district has 552,582. Downstate, Rep. William Springer's district has 373,881 and Rep. Les Arends' district has 387,204. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday, in Wesberry v. Sanders, that congressional districts should be approximately equal in population.

In 1999, Champaign County Board Democrats say that a one-year contract with Ameritech will cost poor families extra money, while adding cash to the county's corporate fund. The issue is over the cost of phone calls made by jail inmates.

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