Area history, July 5, 2014

Today is Saturday, July 5, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago.

UI institute represents 'next step' for research

CHAMPAIGN — Say you invented a new coating for airplanes — a de-icer, for example.

To take the next step and put it on a plane, you would have to integrate it into the design of the plane itself, consider factors like weight, durability, quality control, environmental impacts, how it will fit into the fabrication process, how it fits in your company's economic model and more.

Protested taxes dating back to '60s builds to $400,000 in Piatt County

MONTICELLO — From $4.77 for the village of Ivesdale to $90,058 for the Monticello school district, real estate tax dollars that date back as far as 1965 may be paid out to 53 Piatt County taxing bodies — if Piatt County Board member Randy Keith has his way.

Second group inquires about marijuana facility in Iroquois County

WATSEKA — A second group is interested in bringing a medical marijuana growing facility to Iroquois County.

County Board Chairman Rod Copas informed the board's policy and procedure committee of the news but did not disclose details.

Top of the Morning, July 5, 2014

The scenery on both coasts might be better. But for a group of Illini currently biking from New York to San Francisco, nothing can top Nebraska.

2014 Champaign County Freedom Celebration

A gallery of images from the 2014 Champaign County Freedom Celebration parade and fireworks on Friday, July 4, 2014.

Police arrest man in Illinois deaths

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — Police in southeastern Wisconsin have arrested a man wanted in connection to two homicides in northern Illinois.

Tom's Mailbag July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day.

And let us not forget the words of John Adams, written to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776:

Broadlands sets celebration for 125th anniversary

The Village of Broadlands will be holding a 125th anniversary event on Aug. 15 and 16.

The village will host the Crazy Johnny from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 15.

On Aug. 16 the music will continue as Nickles and Dimes will perform from noon to 3 p.m. followed by Pet Box from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Ludlow to get Little Free Library

LUDLOW — A Little Free Library is coming to Ludlow, thanks to a grant provided to the grade school by the Normal Mid-State Reading Council's Carol Berry Memorial.

With no library in Ludlow and no summer school or other access to the school's library during breaks in the school year, the council felt this was a good project for Ludlow Grade School and could go far in promoting chi

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