Area history, March 31, 2014

Area history, March 31, 2014

Today is Monday, March 31, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: George E. Frazer, comptroller of the University of Illinois, said that the university has a payroll of more than $1 million annually. But its greatest asset, he said, is the number of people it attracts to Champaign-Urbana. He said that a single professor of international renown will attract more people to a community than a fair-sized factory would bring to a town.

In 1964: The League of Women Voters has expressed strong support for the purchase of Busey Woods north of Urbana. Mrs. Nelson J. Leonard, president of the group, urged the Champaign County Forest Preserve District to purchase the property and "save the woods from destruction and insure another green oasis for our growing population in the county."

In 1999: More than 65 percent of the $9 million fundraising goal for the High School of St. Thomas More has been met, said officials at the school which had its groundbreaking yesterday. The building, with rooms for 400 students, is projected to be completed by July 2000.

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