Area history, Sept. 10, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Here are news reports from this date100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1914: William Whitaker is in an exceedingly close race with congressman Charles Borchers of Decatur in the Democratic primary for Congress. But late reports are giving Moultrie County to Borchers by about 70 votes. Results out of Champaign County are still incomplete.

Jefferson students take top school spot for a day

CHAMPAIGN — Four students arrived at Jefferson Middle School at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, strapped on administrative badges, were given coffee cups (filled with water), grabbed clipboards and began their day telling their classmates not to run in the halls.

Two show up for Centennial tour

CHAMPAIGN — A pair of local voters turned out for Tuesday morning's second community tour of Centennial High School, where their children or grandchildren could be students a few years from now.

Matt Wilson, a Champaign resident with three kids at Bottenfield Elementary, said he wanted to get an objective view on facility conditions in order to make an informed vote in November.

Tom Kacich: Not much of a choice for governor

I'd sure like to believe that Bruce Rauner, as he told me a few weeks ago, could turn Illinois around and get it in the black financially in one term.

But a lot of what the Republican gubernatorial candidate says on vitally important things like pension reform, education funding and his tax plan don't add up.

Urbana council moves tenant-reimbursement measure closer to vote

URBANA — Over the objections of a state Realtors association, city officials continue to move on a new ordinance that would help displaced tenants get reimbursement from negligent landlords.

This day in history: Sept. 10, 2014

Today is Wednesday, September 10, the 253rd day of 2014. There are 112 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Sept. 10, 1939, Canada declared war on Germany.

On this date:

In 1608, John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia.

Top of the Morning, Sept. 10, 2014

SUSAN ALDRIDGE's visit last weekend to the 9/11 Memorial Museum didn't disappoint. And not just because her brother-in-law played a lead role in designing the massive complex at the site of the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

"Inspiring is not quite the correct word," said Aldridge, drama director at Centennial High School. "Moving, I think, is better."

Vermilion County rejects zoning

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Board overwhelmingly defeated a resolution to consider county-wide zoning Tuesday night but did vote in favor of forming a committee to review the county's wind farm regulations.

Second Villa Grove alderman in two weeks resigns

VILLA GROVE — Two aldermen have resigned in the past two weeks.

Mike Greifenkamp, Ward-1 Alderman, cited new duties and working hours at his job as the reason. He'll finish out September meetings before leaving the council.

Planning, zoning boards combined in Monticello

MONTICELLO — Monticello City Council members went against a Planning Commission recommendation, unanimously voting to combine the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals into one seven-member board.