Today is Thursday, March 20, 2014. News reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914, John Carlson pleaded guilty in federal court in Danville to violating federal liquor laws by selling whiskey in Champaign. He was fined $100 and sentenced to serve 30 days in jail.
In 1964, the Rev. James Ray of the McKinley Memorial Church in Champaign said Friday he would go to Hattiesburg, Miss., to continue the effort to register qualified Negro voters there. In December, only a dozen Negro voters were registered there. There are now 150 registered with 700 Negro applications pending.
In 1999, work to upgrade the Urbana Kmart officially will begin April 5, but store manager Scott Brunet said workers are getting ahead start by moving to "the Big K concept" with groceries such as eggs, milk, pizza and other staples.