Area history, Feb. 24, 2014

Area history, Feb. 24, 2014

Today is Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914, the highway commissioner in Hensley Township reached Champaign this morning, having shoveled his way through the drifts of snow. "We have had 30 shovelers at work today on Bloomington Road," said A.R. Leidendeker. "But we have a big job before us. In place, the drifts are 8 to 10 feet deep. We are paying these shovelers 20 to 25 cents an hour for their time and up in Hensley Township a number of farmers have donated their services."

In 1964, the reform group of local Democrats have elected H.E. "Bud" Anthony chairman of the organization's executive committee.

In 1999, state Sen. Stanley Weaver, R-Urbana, told a University of Illinois audience that politics plays less of a role in budget-setting today than in the past. Weaver, 73, said that even if he retires, the UI will receive fair treatment because of the growing power of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. "The university by and large gets a fair shake," Weaver said. "The fight for equity has been much calmer. We haven't been greedy. You don't have the political fighting you did 30 years ago."

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