Today is Friday, April 18, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: Farmers in Champaign Township are opposed to issuing bonds or levying a special assessment to pave country roads, they said last night at a public meeting in Staley. Only two farmers voiced support for the idea, and they said it would be unwise to submit the proposition to voters since it was sure to meet defeat. T.M. Lyman said there were too many roads in the township for paving to start and that he opposed anything that would raise his taxes.
In 1964: The Chad Mitchell Trio performed at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall Friday night, singing songs about Barry Goldwater ("Let's go back to the silver standard and Goldwater"), the University of Mississippi ("We Miss Ole Miss"), the John Birch Society, Billie Sol Estes and motherhood.
In 1999: Some Campustown business and property owners say that the $23.5 million Boneyard Creek improvement project has meant the loss of parking, street traffic and, ultimately, customers. But they say that the completed project will be good for business.