Area history, April 8, 2014
Today is Tuesday, April 8, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: Local option carried in all Champaign County townships in which the issue was on the ballot Tuesday. Champaign's defeat of licensing saloons was so decisive that the issue may never be brought up again. It lost 2,817 to 1,259. The dry margin was 855 greater than in the 1912 election. Among women voters, the issue passed 1,502 to 229. Somer Township, which has always been wet, went dry by two votes. Pesotum Township went dry by one vote. There is now not one wet township in Champaign County. Also, Harriet Cumberland was elected town collector of Champaign Township on the Progressive ticket.
In 1964: Normal activity along the Illinois Central Railroad was disrupted Tuesday by an unanticipated strike by unions. It appeared that the IC walkout would precipitate a national railroad strike. In Champaign, headquarters for the busiest operating division on the railroad, supervisory personnel moved morning passenger trains through to Chicago. But three of four freight trains were tied up in the Champaign yards.
In 1999: Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden said the new consolidated election will save the county between $50,000 and $100,000. The nonpartisan election of school board members, traditionally done in November, now will be done in April, when municipal officials are elected.