Area history, Feb. 19, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. News reports from this date in history:

In 1914, Charles Ashbrook, a former member of the Champaign police force, was convicted this afternoon of bootlegging, neglect of duty, insubordination and intoxication. Ashbrook offered no defense. He was found guilty by a board consisting of Judge Solon Phillbrick, Judge W.G. Spurgeon and County Clerk Fred Hess.

In 1964, President David D. Henry told the University of Illinois Board of Trustees Wednesday that UI classics Professor Revilo Oliver's "unreasoned and vitriolic attack" on the late President Kennedy "raises questions of whether he has complied with expectations for professional responsibility." Henry said he would ask the university Senate's Committee on Academic Freedom to "review the situation and give their advice."

In 1999, the Urbana Plan Commission has endorsed the county's plans for a $5.6 million youth detention center in east Urbana.

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