Area history, May 24, 2014

Today is Saturday, May 24, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

In 1914: Word was conveyed to police this morning that J.W. Stipes wanted to hire five of the prisoners now doing time on the city rock pile. No action was taken by police desk sergeant James Cochrane. He said he thought they should stay at the rock pile until their sentence had expired. Those who want work then can find it, and others will leave town.

In 1964: A press conference ended 375 feet below ground when reporters were allowed to visit the largest underground cavern in the world at the USI Chemical plant near Tuscola. There, up to 34 million gallons of liquid propane fuel will be stored. The primary use for the 800-foot by 400-foot cavern is to store summer production of propane for peak savings during the coldest days of the year, when USI is called upon to step up fuel supply to industry throughout Illinois and Indiana.

In 1999: Passage of Gov. George Ryan's Illinois First capital improvements package was made possible by strong support by Democrats in the Legislature. Those in the House and Senate voted 71-17 for the measure while Republicans supported it by only a 45-42 margin.

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