This week in THE REPORTER history

News and events from our archives

50 Years Ago
July 26, 1962

A man wielding two butcher knives and walking around Worth thinking that he was Adolf Hitler about to lead the rise of the Third Reich was taken into police custody.

The man, who police said was intoxicated, walked into a home in the 11000 block of Natchez Avenue, took two butcher knives, and began walking around the village.


Frank Skubis, 18, of Hazel Green, was found guilty of intimidation and disorderly conduct after he allegedly attacked a worker during a Guys and Dolls Teen Club meeting at the Glen Maker Memorial Hall in Chicago Ridge.

Skubis and three other men attacked teen club leader James Gardner after being asked to leave the hall for being improperly dressed. Skubis received one year of probation and a $300 fine.

25 Years Ago
July 23, 1987

Chicago Ridge Police Chief James O’Hara resigned and was paid almost $14,000 in accumulated sick and vacation time. O’Hara had 88 vacation and sick days accumulated. He had been a police officer in Chicago Ridge for 20 years, and served as the chief for 12 of those years.


Two Palos Hills teenagers were found dead in a vehicle behind a building under construction at 10732 Roberts Road.

Kevin Koschik and Kimberly Cutlip, both of Palos Hills, were found dead inside Koschik’s Pontiac T-100 at about 3:12 a.m. July 17, after a police officer went to investigate smoke he saw coming from behind a building and saw the car on fire. The two were ruled to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

10 Years Ago
July 25, 2002

The Illinois Department of Transportation approved installing traffic signals at 111th Street and Jodan Drive in Oak Lawn. The signals were deemed necessary because it was difficult for residents of Acorn Glen to enter and exit the subdivision from 111th Street.


Worth village trustees approved an ordinance to prohibit vehicles such as ambulances, tow trucks and tractor trailers from parking overnight in residential neighborhoods.

Under the ordinance, such vehicles are allowed to park on public streets, alleys or public property between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The ban also prohibits big rigs from being parked in truck drivers’ own driveways. The ordinance was based on the recommendation of Worth Police Chief Pat O’Connor, who said he had received complaints about the sound of idling diesel trucks bothering people who were trying to sleep. The ordinance affected about 12 truck drivers in the village.