Area history, March 11, 2014

Area history, March 11, 2014

Today is Tuesday, March 11, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

In 1914, a solitary Republican vote cast in Tuesday's farcical primary election nominated Rachael Irwin for alderwoman in Urbana's Fifth Ward. It is understood that she will accept the nomination. Rachael is known to almost every man, woman and child in east Urbana. "Her principal distinction," said the Champaign Daily News, "aside from being the being the only colored woman ever nominated for office in these parts, is that by all appearances she has not aged a particle in 40 years."

In 1964, a motion to accept bids totaling $391,336 for contracts to erect a new Urbana City Building and police station was approved by the Urbana City Council. To reduce the cost of the cost of the buildings, a planned reflection pool was eliminated.

In 1999, Champaign parks officials are giving themselves 60 days to evaluate the pros and cons of undertaking the acquisition of the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

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