Area history, Feb. 25, 2014

Area history, Feb. 25, 2014

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914, primary elections in Illinois towns yesterday seemed to have held little interest, especially among the newly enfranchised women voters. In East St. Louis there were only 49 men and no women who took ballots among the 14,000 qualified voters. But in Galesburg where there was a "wet" vs. "dry" vote on the ballot, nearly half of the voters were women. They swung their vote strongly to the local option candidates.

In 1964, petitions are supposed to be circulated this week to annex approximately 120 homes in the Lincolnshire subdivision into the city of Champaign. The annexation efforts are being led by Richard R. Tryon, 1017 Linconshire Drive, who said the area needs fire protection. It presently has none at all.

In 1999, the Champaign Park District is examining the possibility of taking over the Virginia Theatre. Park district General Manager Robert Toalson has been talking to individuals throughout the community about the idea. "Practically everyone I've talked to is supportive of the idea and believes the Virginia is too valuable to lose," he said.

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