Area history, April 27, 2014

Area history, April 27, 2014

Today is Sunday, April 27, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: There were encouraging reports last night about efforts to square the financial accounts of the Champaign Velvets minor league baseball team. More than $1,000 in pledges have been secured, negotiations are progressing on the amount to be paid the club for third baseman Morgan who jumped the team last year and more than $200 for signs on the outfield fences has been netted.

In 1964: Champaign County Treasurer Alexene Tummelson warned taxpayers to "brace themselves" for a large increase in property taxes this spring. Some tax bills will be up 14 percent to 40 percent this year, she said.

In 1999: Organizers of the Roger Ebert Overlooked Film Festival say the premiere event was so successful that they plan on having another one next year with even more films. "(Ebert) said it was a success beyond his wildest imaginings," said Nancy Casey, associate dean of the University of Illinois College of Communications.

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