Area history, Feb. 27, 2014

Area history, Feb. 27, 2014

Today is Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914, as a precaution against the further spread of scarlet fever, the Champaign Board of Health requested today that no church services be held Sunday. And Champaign schools were closed today. The University of Illinois library was closed for fumigation last night and students won't be allowed back in until Monday. The university gymansium will be closed for fumigation tonight and it won't be reopened until Tuesday or Wednesday.

In 1964, the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Law is "strongly opposed" to referring the case of outspoken classics Professor Revilo Oliver to the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. "If the encouragement of expression of ideas and individual views is to remain a meaningful principle, such expressions must not be subject to review and judgment by any university body nor cause for any disciplinary action," said the law professors. Oliver had written that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated because he fell behind schedule in a communist plot to take over the United States.

In 1999, Lisa Raymond of Sidney was recognized by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission for entering a burning house and rescuing three young girls. She received a $3,000 reward for her work.

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