This week in THE REPORTER history

News and events from our archives

50 years ago
Nov. 15, 1962

An Oak Lawn girl was injured when a Chicago Ridge woman lost control of the car she was driving and struck her at the intersection of 103rd Street and Lawler Avenue. Karen Mata, 16, a senior at Eisenhower High School, was thrown 150 feet and sustained a broken leg and pelvic and internal injuries.


Two gunmen robbed Vern’s Super Market, 6100 W. 111th St. in Chicago Ridge, just before 9 p.m. Nov. 8. The men, one carrying a revolver and the other carrying a German luger, entered the store and took $1,400 from the cash register. The men wore black stockings to disguise their faces.

25 years ago
Nov. 19, 1987

Oak Lawn police officer Thomas Mica saved a two-year-old boy’s life when he began choking on a Life Saver. The boy and his mother were at the Oak Lawn Courthouse, 5420 Dumke Ave., when she gave him the candy, police said. Mica gave the boy the Heimlich maneuver and struck him on the back, causing the lad to cough up the candy.

10 years ago
Nov. 14, 2002

North Palos School District 117 Superintendent Ken Geraghty announced he would retire after 33 years in the district.

Geraghty began working in the district as a junior high social studies teacher in 1970. He had been an administrator for 28 years, and superintendent since 1992. The district’s administrative center at 7820 103rd Street in Palos Hills was named after him.