Area history, July 9, 2014

Area history, July 9, 2014

In 1914: The state highway commission this morning announced that Stipes & Pilcher of Champaign has been awarded the contract to improve a strip about 5,700 feet long along what is commonly known as the Bloomington Road. No bids were received for two other projects: a strip leading south from Champaign and another leading east from Urbana past the county farm.

In 1964: Champaign-Urbana stands a good chance of getting one of the junior colleges that will be funded partly with a $643,000 state appropriation to match federal funds under the National Defense Education Act of 1958, according to Professor M. Ray Karnes of the University of Illinois.

In 1999: The University of Illinois has too many No. 1 priorities when it comes to state-funded building projects, says Craig Bazzani, UI vice president for business and finance. The university may try a new approach this year: spinning off a few big-ticket items with economic development potential and winning separate appropriations for them.

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