Area history, April 11, 2014

Area history, April 11, 2014

Today is Friday, April 11, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: 

In 1914: Today for the first time since the late Judge Smith was on the bench 20 years ago, it was necessary to adjourn a session of the circuit court by official notice posted on the north door of the courthouse. The order for Sheriff Davis to adjourn court in this unusual manner until next Saturday morning came from Judge Solon Philbrick, who is critically ill at Springfield. It is probable that Judge Cochran of Sullivan will preside next Saturday.

In 1964: Bids on about $5 million of construction work on Interstate 57 near Champaign are being advertised, including construction of an interchange between Interstate 57 and Interstate 74 northwest of Champaign. The interchange project will be for the construction of 2.29 miles of highway, including eight ramps at the interchange and 1.37 miles of pavement on the relocated U.S. 150.

In 1999: 10 years ago, the University of Illinois engineering campus wasn't exactly a highlight of campus tours. But nearly $70 million has been poured into the area since then, spurring a transformation rivaled only by the development around the Beckman Institute.

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