Area history, March 6, 2014

Today is Thursday, March 6, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914, senior class members at the University of Illinois are voting today on the selection of a class memorial. The choices include starting a fund for the purchase of university chimes, the purchase of a bust of Abraham Lincoln or the purchase of an electrical scoreboard for Illinois Field.

In 1964, Champaign County officials have begun preparing real estate tax bills that will give property owners one of the biggest jolts they've experienced yet. County Clerk John Hill said virtually all property owners will have an increase of at least 11-3/4 percent in Champaign and 9 percent in Urbana. Champaign's tax rate will be $4.07 this year and Urbana's will be $4.10 per $100 of assessed valuation.

In 1999, the village of Rantoul is asking for $250,000 from the Champaign County Board to help it undertake $2.2 million in road improvement projects in and around Chanute Air Force Base.

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