In 1912, “Residents of Champaign, gather up your porch chairs and your swings ... carry all step ladders to the woodsheds, dig up your doghouses, chicken coops, etc., and put them undercover somehow for today is Halloween and young America will be abroad in the land,” warned the Daily Gazette. The police force will be augmented by six more officers to try to limit vandalism. Last night, a heavy porch swing was taken from the home of J.T. Ainsworth on Park Avenue and placed across the streetcar track on New Street. The swing later was hit and damaged when struck by a car. Several outhouses around the city were completely overturned and in a couple of cases were hauled away. There also were reports of the usual throwing of beans, corn and little hard cabbages.
In 1962, Champaign Police Officer Foyde Bruhn was expected to resign from the force today after signing a statement admitting to the theft of a record player from the front of Jim Gray’s Television Service, 409 Bloomington Road. The record player was valued at $39.95. Bruhn is the seventh member of the police force to be implicated in a series of thefts.
From the Associated Press ...
New Haven police say superstorm Sandy has revealed a skeleton beneath the town green that may have been there since Colonial times.
Police spokesman David Hartman says a woman who was with other bystanders looking at a fallen oak tree called police Tuesday after she saw bones in the upturned roots.
Last-minute campaign contribution
Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten is reporting $3,500 in campaign contributions from Republican Congressmen Aaron Schock and John Shimkus. Hulten already had a pretty comfortable lead in cash on hand before this last-minute influx.
Obama with big lead in Illinois
From We Ask America polling ...
President Obama has a 57-41 lead in his home state, according to a poll of 1,198 likely voters taken yesterday.