Area history, March 20, 2017

Area history, March 20, 2017

Today is Monday, March 20, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, Sen. Sam Latham's "bootlegging bill" passed the Illinois Senate this morning, 30-13. The measure provides for a fine of $50 to $100 for the first conviction. On a second conviction it increases to from $100 to $200 with a prison sentence of one to three years.

In 1967, acting in what they considered "the best interests of the University of Illinois," coaches Pete Elliott, Harry Combes and Howard Braun bowed to the edict of the Big Ten Conference Sunday and resigned their coaching duties. The UI was told for the third time Saturday to choose between the three coaches and a suspension of membership. All three coaches were involved in a $21,000 slush fund that provided aid to Illinois athletes over a five-year term. The coaches were in good spirits at Elliott's home Sunday night. All three have contracts with the UI in a faculty status that run until Aug. 31. Braun has tenure for 50 percent teaching time, Combes for 20 percent and Elliott for 13 percent.

In 2002, in primary election voting Jim Ryan defeated Patrick O'Malley and Corinne Wood for the Republican nomination for governor; Rod Blagojevich upended Paul Vallas and Roland Burris for the Democratic nomination for governor; Rita Garman won the Republican nomination for the Illinois Supreme Court over Robert Steigmann and Rick Winkel unseated Judy Myers for the GOP nomination in the 52nd Senate District.

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