Area history, June 12, 2014
Today is Thursday, June 12, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.
In 1914: The Urbana Carnegie library idea has gone to the four winds, as Mr. Carnegie has determined that Urbana is rich enough to build its own library without assistance. It seems the library committee made the mistake of telling the library secretary that they had an annual income of $4,000. "The library is gone so far as Carnegie is concerned and personally I do not care as I would rather see a building without any string tied to it," said C.D. Rourke. "We are too rich a community and that is all there is to the refusal. We have our Irish up now and will have the library anyway, for we have never made a failure yet and won't fall down now."
In 1964: A heated debate on moving the park district offices consumed more than an hour of the meeting of the Champaign park board. The park offices are now at 1311 W. Church St., C. There is an offer from William Fox to provide space in his White Line Laundry building.
In 1999: The two-party system is making a comeback in Ford County although the two parties are the Republicans and the Libertarians. The Libertarians marked a milestone of sorts when they got a seat on the three-member county board of review. Unlike the moribund Democratic Party in Ford County, the Libertarians fielded a full slate of candidates in the November 1998 election.