This week in THEREPORTER history

News and events from our archives

News and events
from our archives

Eleven men were injured in two separate but related automobile accidents when an ambulance carrying victims from the first crash collided with a car at 111th Street and Harlem Avenue in Worth.

Four men were injured in the first accident, which occurred in Palos Hills. Injured in the second collision were four Worth residents riding in a car, and three members of the rescue crew including a 37-year-old Oak Lawn man. Two men were injured critically, five were in good condition and three were released from the hospital that day.


Former Chicago Ridge Mayor Herbert C. Polchow died suddenly of a heart attack.

Polchow was also a member of the Chicago Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Chicago Ridge Parent Teacher Association, and was vice-president of the Glenn Maker Memorial Association. His father, Charles, was the village’s first mayor when Chicago Ridge was incorporated in 1914.

25 Years Ago
Oct. 15, 1987

Oak Lawn-Hometown Community School District 123 voted to dismiss a teacher accused sexually abused four students. The 47-year-old Alsip man was charged Oct. 6 with sexually abusing four boys he coached on the Independence Junior High School track team.


Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne visited Oak Lawn residents’ homes during her campaign for Cook County Circuit Court clerk. Byrne lost the primary election to eventual general election winner Aurelia Pucinski.

10 Years Ago
Oct. 17, 2002

Hickory Hills created its first website with the help of city resident Marc Mattson, who hoped to start a career in website design. The website included a “tour of the town” ward map, a calendar of city events, and information on city meetings.