Area history, April 14, 2014

Area history, April 14, 2014

Today is Monday, April 14, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: Several area towns planned to protest the discontinuation of local passenger trains between Urbana and Peoria, and Urbana and Indianapolis on the Big Four Railroad. Mahomet people, who did practically all of their trading in Champaign and who frequently came to Urbana for court, would have only one daily train to the twin cities, at 10 a.m. Returning, they had the choice of a noon or 3 p.m. train.

In 1964: Burnham City Hospital's board of directors gave preliminary approval to plans for a $3 million addition to the hospital. A three-story and basement addition would replace the original hospital building, erected in 1895. The addition would increase the hospital's number of beds from 175 to 253.

In 1999: Retired Champaign police Officer Jerry Schweighart edged past Marty Smith, 4,924 votes to 4,608, in voting for mayor of Champaign. Charles Brock, a write-in candidate, received 27 votes.

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