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100 years ago

Sept. 28, 1917: Local cigar dealers who also sell cigarettes have petitioned the city to lower the $300 cigarette sales license fee. This fee is only $200 in Chicago, they say. And in other cities of Bloomington’s size, they claim a cigarette sales license runs $100 to $150.

75 years ago

Sept. 28, 1942: ISNU’s Old Main will be 85 years old this week. Its cornerstone was laid in 1857 and Old Main is now the oldest building still in use at a teachers’ college in the USA. (It lasted 100 years and was then torn down.)

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50 years ago

Sept. 28, 1967: Alvin Keller, fired from his city finance director’s job the other day, has resigned two other city positions. Keller sent Mayor McGraw a letter giving up his positions on the Police Pension Board of Trustees and the Sister City Committee.

25 years ago

Sept. 28, 1992: Sales tax collections are kind of flat in Bloomington and McLean County as the recession lingers on. But collections are showing a rebound in Normal, up $165,000 over 1990. Mayor Paul Harmon attributed the growth to a strong local economy and some new businesses.

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Compiled by Jack Keefe; jkeefe@coldwellhomes.com.

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