Area history, Oct. 20, 2017

Area history, Oct. 20, 2017

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

In 1917, a column by M.W. Hout in the Champaign Daily News said a newspaper reporter "lives a lifetime in a day; that the period of 24 hours between press time and press time marks the beginning and the end of time."

In 1967, "the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame — their national championship ambitions eliminated but their desire for conquest unquenchable — charge into Memorial Stadium Saturday with ideas of starting a new victory streak against the University of Illinois," wrote News-Gazette sports editor Loren Tate. A crowd of 71,227 was expected at Memorial Stadium for the first game between the Irish and the Illini in 21 years.

In 2002, The News-Gazette endorsed Republican Jim Ryan for governor. "Democrat Rod Blagojevich, on the other hand, has no administrative experience, yet he believes he is ready to govern Illinois and its $50 billion-plus budget. His voting record as a member of Congress suggests otherwise. Every interest group that rates congressmen on issues of taxes and government spending — from Americans for Tax Reform to the Concord Coalition to the National Taxpayers Union — has determined that Blagojevich is a failure," the paper wrote.

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