Today is Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:
In 1923, twelve University of Illinois students were served with Champaign city warrants charging them with willfully violating quarantine, for which the penalty amounted to a fine of $100 (about $1,800 in today’s dollars). State law prescribed a fine of $200. It was charged that the boys, who were quarantined in College Hall for seven days because one of them had been exposed to scarlet fever, went out to meals and made the trip to the Northwestern-Illinois football game in Chicago.
In 1973, James Mansbridge, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District’s managing director since the previous March, resigned. Under Mansbridge’s direction, MTD initiated a grid system of bus routes on the first day of fall semester classes. But because of operational problems and complaints from the public, the district suffered a larger revenue loss than ever before.
In 2008, earlier that year, incumbent state Rep. Bill Black decided he wasn’t ready to give up his seat just yet, and evidently constituents in the 104th District weren’t ready to see him go, either. Voters returned the longtime Danville Republican to the office he had held since 1986.