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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  • Trump vs. Democrats: ‘Racist,’ ‘socialist’ lines drawn for 2020
    WASHINGTON – With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns. In the process, they have created a fraught political frame: “racists” vs. More
  • Jury deliberates death penalty in Chinese scholar's slaying
    PEORIA –  Jurors began deliberating but didn't reach a decision Wednesday on whether a former University of Illinois doctoral student should be put to death for the brutal slaying of a scholar from China he abducted at a bus stop. Brent Christensen's attorney, Elisabeth Pollock, teared up earlier in the day during closing arguments in the penalty phase in U.S. More
  • New firearms licensing law challenged
    SPRINGFIELD – A group of firearms dealers along with the Illinois State Rifle Association filed a lawsuit this week seeking to overturn a new state law that imposes new, stringent requirements on firearms dealers in the state, alleging that it violates both the Illinois Constitution and the state’s Administrative Procedures Act. The law, known as the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act, requires that any gun dealer in Illinois who is required to have a federal firearms license must also obtain a state license. More
  • Algonquin Township Road District attorney files motion to withdraw from Local 150 case
    Attorney Robert Hanlon filed a motion on Tuesday to withdraw as legal counsel for the Algonquin Township Road District in a dispute with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150. The motion cited an “irreconcilable difference” between Hanlon, the road district and Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser. Jerome Majewski, who aided Gasser and the road district in this case when Hanlon was unavailable because of a medical condition, also filed a motion Tuesday to withdraw. More
  • Trump slams congresswomen; crowd roars, 'Send her back!'
    GREENVILLE, N.C. – Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally Wednesday into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the women of color, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions and suggesting they just get out. "Tonight I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down," Trump told the crowd in North Carolina, a swing state he won in 2016 and wants to claim again in 2020. More
  • Santa Rosa Driver In Hit-And-Run That Injured 2-Year-Old Girl Has History Of DUIs
    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — A Santa Rosa driver accused of hitting a two-year-old girl with his van then taking off Thursday afternoon has a history of drunk driving, according to police ...
    07/12/2019 - 9:08 am | View Link
  • Learn the History of the Fry for National French Fry Day
    Most people don't know that french fries aren't actually French National French Fry day is Saturday, July 13th. Did you know that the average American eats 30 pounds of fries in a year? Did you know ...
    07/12/2019 - 8:02 am | View Link
  • Head to Healdsburg: Sonoma County city offers creative mix of art, history, wine
    When the movie “Wine Country” starring my favorite actors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler was released on Netflix in May, I had just confirmed a trip to Healdsburg, Calif. The funny film about friends ...
    07/10/2019 - 7:45 pm | View Link
  • Christopher Cukor Explains His ‘Unique History,’ Not Race, Led Him To Call Cops On Wesly Michel Outside San Francisco Building
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A Bay Area man is apologizing and explaining his side of the story after a video of him calling the police on a black man outside his building — with his own son ...
    07/10/2019 - 1:20 pm | View Link
  • A Strip Mall Portuguese Deli in Artesia Hints at the Area’s Cultural History
    I ask for two glasses of water and Marco Costa squeezes out my order from a multi-gallon plastic jug of Arrowhead (the big one that comes fully equipped with a tap dispenser). He’s crushing the sides ...
    07/10/2019 - 9:36 am | View Link
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