Today is Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Here are news reports from this date 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1914: Judge Francis Shonkwiler of Monticello has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination to replace the late Judge Solon Philbrick on the bench of the Sixth Judicial Circuit. A special primary election has been called for June 27. Shonkwiler was born in Piatt County in 1860, was admitted to the bar in 1883 and has been a judge in Piatt County for 12 years.
In 1964: An "eternal light" memorial to the principles of Abraham Lincoln will be erected in downtown Champaign through a civic undertaking. A "Lincoln Center," a 19-foot shaft, will be erected in the area where Hickory Street merges into Neil Street at the west side of the W.T. Grant store. The shaft will contain a bronze relief portrait of Lincoln by William Fothergill of the University of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts. The idea for the memorial was developed by Lewis Tanner.
In 1999: Don Carter, 50, announced today that he will retire as Champaign's police chief on July 16. Carter has been on the department since 1970 and has been chief since 1992.