Area history, Aug. 7, 2014
In 1914, Lester F. Maxey, editor of the Daily Illini from 1911-12 and one of the best-known young graduates of the University of Illinois, was killed yesterday in an automobile accident near his home in Mount Vernon. The accident occurred on a lonely stretch of the Centralia-Mount Vernon road when Maxey's touring car overturned. Maxey was known as a brilliant writer and editor, but when he left Illinois he became assistant cashier at the Ham National Bank in Mount Vernon.
In 1964, Champaign attorney Harold Baker was the unanimous choice of Democrats to be the party's candidate for judge of the 6th Judicial Circuit. Baker, who got his law degree from the University of Illinois in 1956, was chosen by delegates at Thursday afternoon's party convention at the Champaign Moose Home. Baker is a member of the law firm of Wheat, Hatch, Corazza and Baker. His name was placed into nomination by Donald Dobbins.
In 1999, city officials in Champaign and Urbana say the Olympian Drive project is in jeopardy following the county's demand that it pay for only a third of the local costs on the proposed east-west roadway north of Champaign-Urbana. As proposed, the county is to cover 50 percent of the cost.