100 years ago
May 25, 1911: Peoria has offered its Three-Eye league baseball franchise to Bloomington for $4,000, this city having no ball team this year. So far, local boosters have raised half the money. If it comes here, the Peoria team will look unusual since it has a winning 10-5 record.
75 years ago
May 25, 1936: Last year, Deputy A.L. Vonsar was shot and killed in a raid on W. Washington Street. His widow filed a workman's compensation claim against the county. Now, an arbitrator has ruled workman's comp doesn't cover his death: it was outside the scope of the law.
50 years ago
May 25, 1961: The Kelly-Miller Brothers Circus comes to town next Monday at the 4-H fairgrounds on Route 9 (where Lowe's is now). It's a three-ring show, plus two stages and the world's largest traveling zoo. Tickets are $1.50 for adults, 75 cents for kids.
25 years ago
May 25, 1986: Several Civil War era items have been stolen from the McLean County Historical Society's museum in the McBarnes Memorial building. They were not large items: a walking stick, revolver, soldier's cap, etc. Security has been tightened as a result.