Area history, March 26, 2014

Area history, March 26, 2014

Today is Wednesday, March 26, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: The G.C. Willis store in downtown Champaign presents a very attractive appearance dressed in the spring attire on the occasion of its spring opening this week. The store was visited by a large number of people yesterday. It is seldom that a display window appeals more to the public than those in the Willis store now, which were done by decorator J.A. Swanson.

In 1964: Three special trains have been scheduled by the Illinois Central Railroad for students going to Chicago when the University of Illinois recesses for spring vacation. The first train will be at 1:15 p.m. Friday, allowing Jewish students to return home in time for Passover. It will be in downtown Chicago by 3:45 p.m. The second train will be at 4:10 p.m. Friday and the third will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, arriving in downtown Chicago at 4 p.m.

In 1999: A proposal before the Champaign City Council would raise parking meter rates in Campustown from 25 cents to 50 cents an hour. Rates in parking lot J, at Sixth and Green streets, would double from 50 cents an hour for the first two hours to $1 an hour, or $8 a day.

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