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William Dye: A Local Trailblazer

In 1975, William Elliot Dye became Champaign’s first black Chief of Police. Dye’s appointment was an important moment in the city’s history, as officials struggled to bring diversity and fairness to local government.William E.</body></html>

Got Milk?

"Dear Milkman: My daughter says she wants a milkshake. Do you do it before you deliver or do I have to shake the bottle."


Recycle Your Electronics April 11

More and more our lives revolve around our use of electronic resources. We observe this every day at The Urbana Free Library. Many Urbana and Champaign County residents come to the library to use the computer lab. Others come to the library to get suggestions about the latest in electronic gear. (What's the best phone? How does Consumer Reports rate this television? Is a tablet or a laptop a better choice?) Some folks are looking for repair manuals for their printers, or other equipment.

Ever wonder about the history of your home?

The Champaign County Historical Archives recently published a new digital collection, Champaign County Homes, 1838-1920, which contains photographs of homes that were constructed during the 1838-1920 time period. Whether your house was constructed during this time period or later, the Archives has many helpful resources to get you started researching the history of a property.

Henry Sadorus house, constructed 1838                      Henry Sadorus house, constructed 1838

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William Redhed house, constructed 1857