Area history, May 27, 2014

Area history, May 27, 2014

Today is Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

In 1914: The third game of the season between the Urbana and Champaign high school baseball teams has been called off because Urbana insisted on having an alumnus of their school umpire the game, although Illinois High School Association rules recommend that officials who are graduates or former pupils of either school engaged in the game not be selected. Champaign nominated five different men, all from the university, to umpire the game but Urbana rejected all of them.

In 1964: Gov. Otto Kerner is scheduled to be in downtown Champaign Thursday afternoon to ignite the new eternal light monument to Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln megalith at Hickory and Main streets includes a bas-relief of the head of Lincoln done by University of Illinois sculptor William Fothergill.

In 1999: The owners of off-track betting parlors in Champaign and Danville praised a new gambling bill that passed the Legislature. It will give Illinois racetracks more money to offer as purses for races shown at the OTBs.

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