This week in THE REPORTER history

News and events from our archives

50 years ago
Jan. 10, 1962

Hickory Hills annexed 30 acres of land. Twenty acres were annexed west of 88th Avenue, and another 10 were annexed east of 88th Avenue between 89th and 91st Streets.


Worth Township paid $45,000 for a 10-acre plot of land as the site for a new town hall to house the supervisor, clerk and auditor offices. The site was bound by 115th Street on the north, 116th Street on the south, Menard Avenue on the east and Mayfield Avenue on the west.

25 years ago
Jan. 14, 1988

Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills received a $4 million donation from a former student to help fund a $16 million fine and performing arts center. William Stoecker, the chairman of the board of Grabill Corporation in Oak Forest, attended Moraine from 1976 to 1977 and said he wanted to give back to the school.


Jim Riley, the owner of Riley's Trick Shop in Worth, started Knucklehead Press, a bizarre humor magazine. Riley planned to publish the magazine once every three months.

10 years ago
Jan. 10, 2002

Evergreen Park mourned the death of former Mayor Anthony Vacco. The village's longest serving mayor, in office for 32 years, died Jan. 3. He was 77.


A 76-year-old man allegedly shot his wife to death on New Year's Eve as she laid in bed at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Shirley Harrison, 74, had suffered a stroke, and her husband, Thomas, told police he believed she was suffering. Thomas shot Shirley then turned the gun on himself and fired one non-fatal shot into his chest. He was charged with first-degree murder.