Area history, April 20, 2014

Today is Sunday, April 20, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago: 

In 1914: Champaign sportsmen and others who are interested in the protection of the streams of Champaign County will meet at the city building tomorrow night to form an organization. Word has come from the assistant state treasure that the state fish commission will plant in the streams of this county several thousand game fish if they are wanted.

In 1964: Record April rains — 4.74 inches over the last 48 hours — have turned the Champaign-Urbana area into a land of lakes, flooded roads, surging streams and a damp citizenry. The community already has received 8 inches of rain this month, including 3.23 inches in the last 24 hours. The Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District plant east of Urbana was knocked out of operation.

In 1999: A former tavern bouncer, Robert Jurcacek of Mahomet, faces 20 to 60 years in prison in the June 25, 1998, beating death of a man outside of Gypsy, a popular nightclub in downtown Champaign.

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