Area history, June 19, 2017

Area history, June 19, 2017

Today is Monday, June 19, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, an extra shift of men was added last night to the force employed by English Bros. on the government aviation field at Rantoul. The ground is illuminated by acetylene lights at points about the field, and the workmen are following the day shift with scarcely any interruption.

In 1967, the opening of another stretch of Interstate 57 is in sight with Monday's announcement of a July bid letting for 14 miles of paving between the interchange of I-57 and I-74 and the interchange of I-57 and U.S. 136 in Rantoul. Motorists should look for completion in 1969, said John Mulgrew, highway engineer in Paris. Thirteen structures on the stretch of road already are under construction and should be completed by December.

In 2002, a magnitude 5.0 earthquake with its epicenter just north of Evansville, Ind., shook things up all over the Midwest Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported in Illinois.

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