Area history, April 17, 2018

Area history, April 17, 2018

Today is Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, Captain Thomas J. Smith, who served in the Civil War, practiced law in Champaign County after the war, was elected a University of Illinois trustee in 1908 and donated the School of Music building to the university in honor of his wife, died at age 75. He was named a captain in the Union Army before the Battle of Chickamauga.

In 1968, action on a resolution banning draft-card burners from the University of Illinois campus was tabled by the general policy committee of the UI Board of Trustees. State Superintendent of Instruction Ray Page had introduced the resolution.

In 2003, former Gov. Jim Edgar confirmed that he had been contacted by the White House about a possible run for the U.S. Senate. But Edgar also said he had made no decision. He was at the University of Illinois Institution of Government and Public Affairs, where he had organized a roundtable discussion for students with Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Following the discussion, Edgar said that White House officials had called him to talk about a possible run for the Senate to replace Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, who had announced he would not seek re-election in 2004.

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