Area history, Aug. 25, 2014

Area history, Aug. 25, 2014

Today is Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: The Champaign and Urbana Carpenters' union adopted a resolution recently protesting the increase in costs of necessities because of the war in Europe. It urged the president "to take immediate action to restore normal prices on the necessities of life, and further to take such steps as are necessary to prevent the shipment of American products to any of the nations involved in the shambles of war and especially the using of United States Naval vessels as a merchant marine."

In 1964: On the first day of the Democratic National Convention, local Republicans countered by opening their headquarters for the coming campaign. Mrs. Vera Leichner will be in charge of the headquarters at 321 N. Neil St., Champaign.

In 1999: The Rantoul Economic Development Commission is offering 55 acres south of Heritage Lake on the former Chanute Air Force Base at a dollar a year as the potential site of a new state prison. The village owns the land that was used for farming when it was part of the base.

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