Area history, July 18, 2014

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.

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EdRyan wrote on July 18, 2014 at 9:07 am

Could that be the Charles Borchers who had a son, Webber Borchers, who was a Chief Illiniwek and a long time Macon County politician?  These little bits of local history lead to lots of interesting trivia.

jeffh wrote on July 18, 2014 at 10:07 am

I noticed that too and I'm sure that Charles Borchers was A. Webber Borchers' father.  

I grew up in Ford County, and as a History major, wrote a paper on the 1912 election there.  That was the year Theodore Roosevelt ran as the Progressive Party's -- known then as the "Bull Moose Party'"-- candidate and I was surprised to learn that the Progressives carried Ford County by a pretty big margin.  I understood they also did well thoughout the area though I don't know specifically about Champaign and Macon Counties. 

Point being that politics was turbulent 100 years ago, perhaps not for the same reasons but I suspect there are lots of similarities.