Area history, Aug. 17, 2014
Today is Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: J.J. Michaels, who has been performing as acting Champaign police chief for the last two weeks, this morning was commissioned chief of police by order of the fire and police commission. He took the police examination last Friday and passed with a general average of 94.
In 1964: Merchandise is arriving from all over the country and 85 percent of the personnel has been hired as Carson Pirie Scott and Co. prepares to open its store at Lincoln Square in Urbana on Sept. 17.
In 1999: Officials from the Illinois Department of Corrections toured Rantoul last week to scout out sites for a proposed women's prison or juvenile prison. Rantoul is one of 27 communities in the state vying for one of the two prisons to be built in 2000.