Area history, Aug. 13, 2017

Area history, Aug. 13, 2017

Today is Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1917, The Champaign Daily News was to publish the first Sunday newspaper in the community's history on Aug. 19, The News announced. "It will cost many thousands of dollars extra annually to give this service, but we are sorry to say that every other section in Illinois which can compare with Champaign-Urbana has had a good Sunday newspaper for many years, and it's high time that this district should have one," The News said. The Saturday evening edition of the newspaper was to be discontinued.

In 1967, a committee was organized to help improve community-police relations in Champaign, said City Manger Warren Browning. According to a set of guidelines issued to police officers, the committee would have the power to receive complaints and investigate allegations of "police brutality" and "undue harassment." It would have no power to punish officers but would make recommendations to the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners.

In 2002, problems were few and mostly related to alcohol at the first Chicago Bears exhibition game at Memorial Stadium. "We do expect people to behave in a civilized manner," University of Illinois police Capt. Rick Kallmayer said. "And if you don't, you're going to be ejected." That happened to 17 people Saturday night when the Bears played the Denver Broncos. Police also arrested three people at the game: one for allegedly trying to use a fake ID to buy beer and for possession of drug equipment, one for allegedly selling unlicensed merchandise on UI property and one for allegedly trying to sneak a compressed-gas canister out of the stadium. The total of 20 people disciplined was slightly more than for a UI game, Kallmayer said. He also said alcohol — being sold for the first time at the stadium, and only for Bears games — was involved in most of the incidents.

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