Area history, April 23, 2014

Area history, April 23, 2014

Today is Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

In 1914: The largest class ever finishing at Champaign High School — 77 students — will have its commencement exercise on Friday, June 6, which also is the last day of school. There are 47 girls and 30 boys in the graduating class.

In 1964: Negotiations between Plumbers and Steamfitters Union 149 and the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association of Central Illiois appeared to be at a standstill Thursday as the union members were in their second day of picketing at a half-dozen offices in Champaign-Urbana. The union members rejected a revised offer of 15-cent hourly raises for each of the next two years. They are seeking a 25-cent raise over the old contract base rate of $4.22, for each of the next two years.

In 1999: Roger Ebert opened his first Overlooked Film Festival Thursday with a moving tribute to his fallen comrade, Gene Siskel. Siskel died earlier this year of a brain tumor. Ebert said Siskel had a part in the selection of the 10 films that make up the festival, if only by their shared enthusiasm during the TV show. Ebert said Siskel used to say that a bad movie "took two hours of precious life away from me." But the 10 films selected enriched life, Ebert said.

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