Area history, July 16, 2017

Area history, July 16, 2017

Today is Sunday, July 16, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, Champaign County deputies broke up what they called a portable bar set up for thirsty farmers near Royal. They arrested D.H. Stout and Fred Keeling, both of Champaign, for selling bottle beer to farmers. The pair said they had bought the beer in Westville and had sold some of it while en route to Royal.

In 1967, a Champaign County jury found Mrs. Judith A. Yargus of Rantoul not guilty of murder in the death of her 11-month-old son, who was found dead in a snowbank the previous year. Dr. Maria Valdes-Dapena of Philadelphia told jurors that "crib death" was a possible cause of the boy's death.

In 2002, Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan said he would look into questions about whether staff members for Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan did political work on state time. Reports of House staffers working on campaigns in 2000 prompted House Minority Leader Lee Daniels to step down as state GOP chairman.

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