Area history, Feb. 21, 2014

Area history, Feb. 21, 2014

Today is Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914, State's Attorney Louis Busch has distributed the qualifications for women voters: she must be 21, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Illinois for a year before Election Day, a resident of Champaign County for the prior 90 days and she must have resided in the election district for 30 days. All things required of men apply to women voters too. Separate ballots are prepared for women.

In 1964, Midwest Television Inc. has purchased KFMB-AM-FM and TV in San Diego for $10 million. Midwest, whose president is August C. Meyer of Champaign, owns WCIA-TV in Champaign and WMBD-TV-AM-FM in Peoria.

In 1999, film critic Gene Siskel died Saturday. He was 53. "There was a bedrock of respect that developed over the years," film critic Roger Ebert, a native of Urbana, said of his television show collaborator.

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