Area history, July 18, 2014
Today is Friday, July 18, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: Former Congressman William McKinley of Champaign yesterday filed with the secretary of state his petition to seek the Republican nomination in the 19th Congressional District. Congressman Charles M. Borchers of Decatur, who defeated McKinley in 1912, also filed his petitions for the Democratic nomination. It appears that Borchers will have no opposition.
In 1964: Local civil rights groups said they will conduct an "Operation Testing" that will allow white sellers to make their homes available to all, including Negro buyers. The operation, the groups said, will aid Negroes in "breaking out of the ghetto."
In 1999: A study shows that downtown tax increment financing districts established in Champaign and Urbana in the early 1980s have resulted in large increases in the assessed valuation in the areas. Property values in Champaign's downtown TIF have grown from $7.5 million to $13.5 million.