Area history, Aug. 9, 2014

Area history, Aug. 9, 2014

In 1914, the 19th annual Twin City chautauqua ended Sunday evening. The Urbana Commercial Club announced that it would not take charge of the event next year but would support any organization that wanted to take over management. The event has lost money more often than it has made money, organizers said, and it is believed that it will report another loss this year. The decline in interest is due to the excellent programs given at the University of Illinois at all times of the year, and to automobiles and motion picture shows, they said.

In 1964, Champaign County State's Attorney Robert Waaler said he intends to call a grand jury into session to investigate the recent bombings and mysterious fires in the county.

In 1999, 65 percent of the $134,826 that U.S. Rep. Tom Ewing raised through June 30 came from political action committees, compared with 32 percent in the first half of 1997, an Associated Press analysis shows. Ewing is chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's panel on risk management, research and speciality crops. Most of the PAC money he got was from agriculture-related corporations and associations.

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