Area history, March 23, 2014

Area history, March 23, 2014

Today is Sunday, March 23, 2014. News reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago on this date:

In 1914, at a meeting of the directors of the Champaign Country Club, it was decided to serve meals a la carte every evening during the golf season except Thursday, on which there will be club dinners. The directors also changed the assessment for the club night dinners from $5 to $6. A special committee reported that they had raised enough money to purchase a Victrola for the club and they plan to have music every night during the summer.

In 1964, sometime during the summer of 1965 the University of Illinois will offer 45 holes of golf. This will include the 9-hole course on Florida Avenue, the present 18-hole course at Savoy and another 18-hole course located south of Savoy and adjacent to the course there. A clubhouse to serve both courses, with a swimming pool and other facilities, is contemplated.

In 1999, officials from a Philadelphia-based utility company toured Illinois Power's Clinton nuclear power plant as part of a possible effort to purchase the troubled facility. AmerGen was conducting a "due diligence" review of the plant, said an IP spokeswoman. IP announced in December that it planned to either close or sell the Clinton plant and get out of the nuclear power business. The plant has been shut down since September 1996 when a recirculation pump failed and began to leak a large volume of water.

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