Plaque honoring oldest Wilmette tree stolen

December 30, 2011 7:38:26 AM PST
A plaque that marked the site of Wilmette's oldest known tree has been stolen.

Someone swiped the memorial plaque from the remains of the "Bicentennial Tree" before Christmas. They also used a chainsaw to steal a portion of the remaining stump.

The tree stood at the site in Gillson Park for at least 260 years. A storm knocked it down this summer.