Area history, March 29, 2014

Today is Saturday, March 29, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: Officers Oscar Chappel and Frank Stuart were removed from the police force Saturday night. Chappel resigned after he let two prisoners escape at the Illinois Central Railroad station. Stuart was dismissed after he declined to participate in a raid on a joint on North Fourth Street. Stuart intends to return to work as a carpenter.

In 1964: State Treasurer William Scott has cited Sen. E. R. Peters of St. Joseph as a victim of the "West Side Bloc" of politicians that he says provides aid to the Chicago crime syndicate. "The West Side Bloc reached down to St. Joseph and maneuvered one of the state's most respected citizens out of the chairmanship of the Budgetary Commission," said Scott, who is running for governor. Peters was head of the budgetary commission for 14 years.

In 1999: A group of about a half-dozen local investors hopes to seal a deal this week to buy Lincoln Square Mall and build it up again. The mall is owned by Minneapolis-based IDS Life Insurance Co., which acquired it through foreclosure proceedings in 1993.

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