Area history, May 26, 2019

Area history, May 26, 2019

Today is Sunday, May 26, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, a capacity crowd was expected at the University of Illinois Auditorium to hear Joseph Bonnet, an award-winning organist from Paris, perform in concert.

In 1969, one man was shot and four hospitalized in the wake of a death at the Champaign County Jail. As many as 500 black youths gathered in downtown Champaign and at the Douglass Center to protest the death of John E. Cushingberry after fellow prisoners alleged a jailer struck him in the head with a flashlight. A fire bomb was thrown into a business establishment.

In 2004, with Burnham City Hospital but a memory following its recent demolition, the Champaign City Council authorized the hiring of a Naperville firm to help city officials determine what a future development on the site should look like. Hitchcock Design Group of Naperville was unanimously hired by the council to prepare a market analysis, a site plan and design guidelines for the 7-acre Burnham site.

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