Area history, July 30, 2014
Today is Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: The 19th annual assembly of the Twin City chautauqua will open tomorrow at the fairgrounds, The season ticket sales have been better than expected. Among the speakers expected to attend tomorrow on political day are U.S. Sen. L.Y. Sherman, and W.C. Clifford of Champaign, the Democratic candidate for state treasurer.
In 1964: Republican gubernatorial candidate Chuck Percy told about 1,500 Republicans at the Champaign County Fair Wednesday that he will run "one of the most exciting campaigns the state of Illinois has ever had." Percy will oppose Gov. Otto Kerner in November. He repeatedly tied Kerner to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.
In 1999: About 70 percent of Champaign's 114 sworn police officers have signed a petition endorsing interim Police Chief Jim Luecking to be the new chief, succeeding Don Carter. Luecking, a member of the force since 1973, was named interim chief in May.