Area history, April 9, 2014
Today is Wednesday, April 9, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: In Urbana, where the saloon issue was not up for a vote, a smaller percentage of women turned out for Tuesday's election than in Champaign, where the saloon issue was on the ballot. In Urbana, about half as many women voted as men. But while men favored the Republican ticket over the Democratic and Progressive ticket, women favored the Progressive candidate at the top of the ticket. The Democrats finished third among both genders.
In 1964: For the first time since it opened in 1923, the Illinois Central station in downtown Champaign was locked up Thursday. And only two freight trans, both bound for Chicago, moved through the Champaign freight yard. One was a trainload of bananas, the other contained several cars of perishables. All over the 6,500-mile IC system, the story was the same as operating unions struck the company.
In 1999: Washington columnist David Broder, speaking on the University of Illinois campus, bemoaned the public's alienation from policy issues in the capital, including health care and welfare reform.