This week in THE REPORTER history

News and events from our archives

50 years ago
Feb. 21, 1963

The Kiwanis Club of Worth accepted an unusual new member: Willie Windsor, the ventriloquist doll of Kiwanis member Jack Kennelly. Kennelly said he would use the doll at Kiwanis events.


The Calvin Christian Reformed Church, 101st Street and Central Avenue in Oak Lawn, was dedicated on Feb. 13. The congregation had been meeting for the past year at Sward School, 99th Street and Brandt Avenue.

25 years ago
Feb. 25, 1988

The Eastern Onion Singing Telegram Company celebrated being in Chicago Ridge for more than a year.

The Eastern Onion sent out singing telegrams throughout the suburbs, and performed at birthdays, anniversaries, proposals and other events. Chicago actress Helen Hayes and Chicago Blackhawks owner Arthur Wirtz were two Chicago celebrities who received singing telegrams from the company, which took its name from a pun on the money wire service Western Union.


Palos Hills Mayor Jerry Bennett announced the city had a balanced budget for a seventh straight year. The budget, which was close to $5 million, was up $431,000 (5 percent) over the previous year's budget of $4.49 million.

10 years ago
Feb. 20, 2003

The Hickory Hills City Council tabled a decision to allow a subdivision at 80th Court and 88th Street.

Aldermen had concerns the subdivision's main drive may be too narrow for fire engines and ambulances to get through to homes. The subdivision was expected to include eight town homes and one single-family home.


A Chicago Ridge woman and her infant daughter were saved by firefighters after a fire at their apartment complex, 5724 W. 111th St.

Firefighters used ladders to save the woman and her daughter, who were on a balcony, and another man who was on the third floor. The fire was believed to have started in a rear unit on the ground floor, but the cause was unknown.