Area history, April 16, 2014

Area history, April 16, 2014

Today is Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: A scheme to sell more tickets to Champaign Velvets games has failed. The plan to sell at $1 each 2,500 four-ticket books, good for any four games, has netted only about $280. The question of professional baseball in Champaign is in crisis with a league meeting only three or four days away. Ben M. Price, secretary and treasurer of the Champaign club, said that it is about $3,400 in debt and that at least $1,800 in cash must be raised before the club can attempt another baseball season.

In 1964: The University of Illinois took steps to clarify its statutes governing procedures to be followed in disciplining faculty members whose conduct is considered detrimental. The proposed amendments could be considered a major step toward lifting a censure imposed by the American Association of University Professors after the firing of Professor Leo Koch, said President David D. Henry. Koch was fired four years ago for publicly condoning premarital sex.

In 1999: The Champaign County Courthouse may be nearing its 100th birthday, but it's in pretty good shape, say two consulting engineers. The news is welcome to county board members looking to keep costs down on a courthouse expansion project and for those who want to ensure that the addition is built.

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