Area history, March 13, 2018

Area history, March 13, 2018

Today is Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, Miss Esther M. Stolt, the first Champaign nurse to leave for the war in France, departed for Chicago, where she was to join a base hospital unit that expected to sail abroad within a few days.

In 1968, members of the Urbana Park Board ended a month of controversy when they appointed both Walter Jackson and Richard L. Thies to fill two vacancies on the board. "This is something that's been needed for a long time," said Jackson, a black man who works at Clifford-Jacobs Forging. "The park board needs someone on the board who can give them insight on the needs of the Negroes."

In 2003, in his first State of the State speech, Gov. Rod Blagojevich lauded the University of Illinois for its technology breakthroughs and said he would create the state's first entrepreneurship center at the Urbana-Champaign campus to help turn those discoveries into successful businesses. "There are countless entrepreneurs across this state with good ideas who just need a chance to show what they can do," he said. Blagojevich said he envisioned Illinois becoming a "Silicon Prairie," competing with high-tech business hot spots like Austin, Texas, and California's Silicon Valley.

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