Illinois History Minutes

September 30 Illinois History Minute


It’s September 30th. And on this day in 1922, corn processor A.E. Staley became the first major company to begin processing soybeans for oil and meal, when it opened a soybean crushing plant in Decatur. 
William Wrigley Junior was born in Philadelphia on this day in 1861. He came to Chicago in 1891, where he launched a business that eventually struck gold with Wrigley’s chewing gum, which is still sold today. William Wrigley also invested in a baseball team --- he and his family owned the Chicago Cubs for 60 years.  
On this day in 1975, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortions, except in cases of incest, rape or to save the life of the mother. It’s named for Republican Congressman Henry Hyde of Chicago.