Champaign-Urbana went dry in 1907, 13 years before the nation, and remained so until Prohibition ended in 1933. Carrie Nation praised the communities as models of sober living and came to town to raise a ruckus at several local taverns.
WILL-TV host David Inge talks to Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette writer-editor and local historian Tom Kacich about the era of Prohibition in central Illinois.
In Temperance Hotbed: Prohibition in Champaign County, Kacich explains how residents coped with the banning of alcohol, with many bars simply turning their second floors into speak-easies where a password was needed to get in and liquor flowed freely. Viewers also hear about the time Eliot Ness came to town to organize liquor raids on campus and how Champaign newspaper owner David Stevick railed against bootleggers liquor to help sell papers. Photos from the period are interspersed with interview segments.
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