Area history, April 25, 2018

Area history, April 25, 2018

Today is Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, Champaign County Sheriff A.M. Evans received a kiss two years previous when he returned a stolen automobile to Mrs. Carrie McKillop, but he wanted something more substantial, he testified in court. He sued McKillop, saying she promised to pay him a reward if he found the car.

In 1968, the main, above-ground construction of the giant Andersons grain elevator west of Champaign began. Eventually, there was to be 24 75-foot-tall grain bins on the 197-acre site along U.S. 150.

In 2003, Police Chief Jim Luecking, as promised when he took the job two years ago, planned to retire in July after 30 years with the Champaign Police Department. "After doing this for two years, I can say it's been a great opportunity and very fulfilling, but after 30 years in the department and reaching the maximum pension level, it's time to do something else," he said. Luecking presided over a department that for two years had been notable for the lack of controversy it generated, either from the inside or the outside. His tenure followed that of Bill Becker, a San Diego transplant who lasted only two years before being asked to leave.

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