Area history, Feb. 26, 2014

Area history, Feb. 26, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914, the scarlet fever situation in Champaign-Urbana appears materially improved today. All the patients are reported doing nicely, and the scare seems to have abated. The mayor of Urbana said that unless there are startling developments, schools and amusement places may be able to reopen next week.

In 1964, central Illinois is being passed up by the space age, said John Desmond, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 22nd Congressional District. Desmond plans to challenge incumbent Republican Congressman William Springer of Champaign in the fall. "Over the past 10 years, the population of the United States has increased nearly 19 percent; Illinois' population growth is up only 14.4 percent," said Desmond. "Personal incomes across the country went up 63.4 percent, while they rose only 55.3 percent in Illinois," he said. "We are being passed by the space age."

In 1999, Revere Ware Corp. officials will meet at Clinton Monday to decide whether the plant there, which employs 350 people and has been a foundation in DeWitt County for 48 years, will remain open. Clinton is one of four Revere plants in the United States.

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