Today is Thursday, April 17, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: The imminent passing of the Walker Opera House will remove another Champaign landmark and again call attention to the rapid stride with which the city is moving. Streets were not paved when the Walker Opera House, at Neil and Park streets, was considered one of the newest and finest buildings in the city. Many of the early day high school commencements were held in the old building, and dances were given there.
In 1964: Flames driven by high winds destroyed the Redwood Inn on U.S. 45 near the Illini Airport Friday morning, reducing the building and its contents to a matter of rubble in 20 minutes. The loss was estimated at $250,000.
In 1999: Local, state and federal officials gathered Friday for the official dedication of the $9 million Illinois Terminal building t 45 E. University Ave., Champaign. The 52,600-square foot building houses Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District buses, Greyhound and Illini-Swallow lines and Amtrak.