Area history, June 17, 2014

Area history, June 17, 2014

Today is Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: The Caldwell Electric Co. told the Champaign City Council that changing the present street lighting system to a nitrogen system would add about $234 to the annual cost of operating and maintaining the current system but that it would increase the brilliancy of the system by about 30 percent. The communication was referred to the committee of the whole.

In 1964: The paving of Florida Avenue from Fourth Street to Lincoln Avenue moved a step closer to reality Tuesday when the Champaign City Council agreed to pay up to $50,000 of the cost. The city of Urbana has paying up to $100,000 for its share and the Champaign County Board has agreed to pay up to $150,000. Only the University of Illinois board of trustees must still act.

In 1999: The next phase of renovation at the 85-year-old Orpheum Theatre, now a children's museum in downtown Champaign, will begin later this month. Part of the work will be paid for with a $60,000 state grant from Gov. George Ryan's Illinois First program.

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