Area history, April 16, 2018

Area history, April 16, 2018

Today is Monday, April 16, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, two of three airplanes left Chanute Field for Chicago. They made the return trip of 114 miles in just two hours. The plane that had to land at Ashburn with a broken propeller had not yet returned.

In 1968, a 1 percent increases in Urbana's 2 percent utility tax was approved by Urbana aldermen as a short terms means of improving the city's financial picture. The increase was expected to bring in about $70,000. Alderman Donald Skadden estimated the tax increase would cost Urbana residents $7 to $15 more a year.

In 2003, after weeks of delay, University of Illinois Board of Trustees nominee Devon Bruce, a Chicago attorney, won unanimous recommendation from the Senate executive appointments committee. The full Senate was expected to consent to Bruce's nomination soon. But state Sen. Rickey Hendon, D-Chicago, still refused to call another UI board nominee, Chicago attorney Robert Sperling, for a vote. Hendon said he found Sperling "to be a really nice guy, very bright and intelligent," but he said he wanted to see more diversity on the board, especially a woman or an African-American from Chicago's west side.

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