Area history, March 1, 2018

Area history, March 1, 2018

Today is Thursday, March 1, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, A.J. Swick of Bement was listed as dead in the war-casualty list. He reportedly died the day before in England after gangrene developed in his leg. His brother, Charles, died of a gunshot wound the previous year in France.

In 1968, the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission recommended that the county board of supervisors take no action on a request by the city of Decatur to endorse and support the proposed Oakley Dam and Reservoir that would flood part of Allerton Park in Piatt County.

In 2003, when Gov. Rod Blagojevich was asked whether he would consider a cut in his own pay to meet a self-imposed goal of reducing administrative expenses in his office by 15 percent, he said: "You know, we looked at that, but the most important thing for me is to stay married, and we have another child on the way and college in the future, so we're not going to do that. It almost sounds gimmicky." The governor made $150,691 a year. He and his wife had a 5-year-old and were expecting a baby in mid-March.

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