Area History, June 17, 2019

Today is Monday, June 17, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago: In 1919, the Urbana and Champaign Gas and Electric Company applied in Springfield for an increase in streetcar rates. In 1969, a 15-year-old girl, Mitzie Lancraeaux, successfully got four children out of a burning mobile home in Rantoul. read more

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  • Bloomberg to go face to face against rivals after ad blitz
    WASHINGTON – For Mike Bloomberg, the one-way conversation with Democratic voters is about to end. By spending more than $400 million of his own money and largely bypassing his opponents by skipping the early primary states, Bloomberg has rocketed to double-digit support in enough national polls to qualify for Wednesday night’s Nevada debate. But as Bloomberg’s support has risen, so has the criticism from his Democratic foes as well as the broader scrutiny of his past comments and record as New York City mayor. More
  • Trump goes on clemency spree
    WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump went on a clemency blitz Tuesday, commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence and pardoning former New York City police commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others. Those who got a break from Trump include financier Michael Milken, the “junk bond king” who served two years in prison in the early 1990s after pleading guilty to violating U.S. More
  • House Republicans say bipartisan effort should lead budgeting process
    SPRINGFIELD – One day before Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget address, House Republican lawmakers called for another “inclusive” and “bipartisan” effort at adopting a state budget without new taxes. “Let’s go back in time to last spring. Through a bipartisan effort and agreements in both chambers, we were able to craft a balanced budget with no new taxes for fiscal year 2020,” House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said Tuesday. More
  • McHenry County grand jury indictments
    A McHenry County grand jury indicted these people on the following charges: • Ike R. Bickauskas, 41, of the 2000 block of North Woodlawn Park Avenue, McHenry; aggravated battery, aggravated domestic battery and domestic battery. • Conor J. More
  • More Brewing representatives talk production, menu upon opening
    The new More Brewing Co. location on 13980 Automall Drive in Huntley, which will open to the public on Feb. 29, eventually is expected to produce over 5,000 barrels of beer a year, a company representative said Tuesday. More Brewing spokesperson Aaron Keefner said the microbrewery is operating under a brewpub license, which allows the occupant to have a full-service bar. The license caps production capacity at 5,000 barrels a year but Keefner said the company knows it will not be able to hit that mark in the first year. More
  • Cleveland area Black History Month events
    Black History Month chronicles a mix of accomplishments by the African American community over decades. Here are some events taking place over the next couple weeks. “What They Don’t Tell You at the ...
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  • Iconic piece of Bethlehem Steel history may soon be on the move
    BETHLEHEM,Pa. - It's a 300-ton piece of Bethlehem's history. A hydraulic press in the circle outside Wind Creek Hotel was made in 1887 and played a major role in the birth of the military industrial ...
    02/14/2020 - 9:40 am | View Link
  • NOAA: January 2020 Was Earth’s Hottest in Recorded History
    The planet experienced the hottest January in recorded history last month, marking the latest milestone in a string of climate records that have been broken in recent years, NBC News reports.
    02/13/2020 - 4:59 am | View Link
  • Daytona 500: A rich, storied history on the Fun Coast
    Since then, the community of 61,000-plus in the heart of Florida’s Fun Coast region has become a motorsports mecca, with a long, storied history filled with thrills, glory and tragedy. The speed ...
    02/11/2020 - 5:18 am | View Link
  • Giants coach Alyssa Nakken has hit ground running after making history
    When the players and coaches take the field this week at Scottsdale Stadium, Nakken will be with them, making history as the first female coach on a Major League staff. Nakken said she'll spend much ...
    02/10/2020 - 12:16 pm | View Link
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