Area history, July 23, 2014
In 1914, William Chapman, a local painter, was fined $5 and court costs in Police Magistrate Jutton's court this morning for remarks he made to a young woman walking along University Avenue. As he passed Miss Frances Algood and another young lady, Chapman remarked to a friend, "There's one of those invisible skirts." Miss Algood turned to Chapman and rebuked him for his discourtesy. Chapman then said he told her that if she would put on sufficient clothing no one would scarcely notice her. The young lady then proceeded to the police station and swore out a state warrant for Chapman's arrest. Jutton told Chapman, "I hope that this will be a lesson to you and that hereafter you will refrain from making remarks about women's attire. No matter what we think of their dresses, it is none of our business. They can dress as they please."
In 1964, placing a cover over the Boneyard Creek was criticized at a meeting of the Vermilion Watershed Clean Streams Committee as clearing up the symptoms but not the disease. Covering the stream will eliminate its smell and looks but will do nothing about pollution, said members William Childers and Donald Hansen.
In 1999, the city of Champaign has lost the applications of 13 people who have sought appointment to the city's human relations commission. Phyllis Gehrt, the mayor's secretary, said the applications were kept in a file that came up missing during the transition between former Mayor Dan McCollum and Mayor Jerry Schweighart.