Area history, April 15, 2014
Today is Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: Champaign City Council members are asking the architectural firm Spencer & Temple to revise their drawings for the addition to the fire station. The plans call for doors 9 feet high while the old fire engine is 9 feet 2 inches high.
In 1964: Charles H. Percy, buoyed by his impressive victory for the Republican nomination for governor of Illinois, wasted no time in his campaign to unseat Gov. Otto Kerner. Percy, 44, won by about 200,000 votes over state Treasurer William Scott. In the presidential preference vote, Sen. Barry Goldwater got 65 percent of the Republican vote to about 25 percent for Sen. Margaret Chase Smith. A number of write-in candidates, including Richard Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge, got the rest of the GOP vote.
In 1999: AmerGen Energy, a partnership between PECO Energy of Philadelphia and British Energy, has agreed to buy the Illinois Power Clinton nuclear plant, which has been closed since September 1996.