Area history, July 3, 2014
Today is Thursday, July 3, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.
In 1914: At a meeting of officials from the Illinois-Missouri baseball league Thursday, it was decided to close the present series and start the season over again, awarding the pennant to Champaign. The action came after the Kankakee team dropped out of the league. That was followed Thursday by the Lincoln team also dropping out, leaving only Champaign, Ottawa, LaSalle and Streator.
In 1964: Saturday's July 4th festivities will mark the 15th anniversary of the beginning of the Champaign County Freedom Celebration Committee. This year's festivities include a 1:05 p.m. parade with 73 entries and a fireworks display at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium, beginning at 9 p.m.
In 1999: When Danville Police Chief Robert Dietzen steps down next week, Lt. Clifford Hegg will be appointed to replace him on an interim basis. Hegg is a 31-year veteran of the department.