Area history, March 7, 2014

Today is Friday, March 7, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

In 1914, the residents of Gravel Siding, a suburb on the Illinois Traction System just west of Champaign, are said to be seeking a more pretentious name for their community. Sunnyside was suggested, but the people there say the name is not desirable because there are too many icy blasts in the winter. Harry Bent of Bondville suggested Belvoir, which means "beautiful to see."

In 1964, State Treasurer William Scott stood in the bright lights of the massive University of Illinois Assembly Hall and declared that as governor he would use the Illinois State Police to break up the crime syndicate, which he says depends upon the political support of Chicago's West Side Bloc. An audience estimated at 1,500 to 2,000 heard the treasurer. He was the first political candidate to speak in the 1-year-old building.

In 1999, the last place Fighting Illini men's basketball team scored their third straight upset in the Big Ten tournament Saturday, defeating Ohio State, 79-77, advancing to the championship game against Michigan State. Cleotis Brown scored 11 points for the 14-17 Illini.

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