OGLESBY — Anthony C. Raccuglia of Peru, a 1956 alumnus of LaSalle-Peru-Oglesby Junior College, predecessor of Illinois Valley Community College, has made a $10,000 donation to the college’s capital campaign.
The donation to the Peter Miller Community Technology Center campaign was made in the name of Raccuglia’s law firm, Anthony C. Raccuglia & Associates PC, 1200 Maple Drive, Peru.
“We are exceedingly grateful for Tony’s generosity and continual support for his former college,” said IVCC President Jerry Corcoran. “This gift will allow us to make significant enhancements within the technology center.
“As a renowned attorney, Tony is a fine example of the thousands of successful IVCC and LPO graduates doing important, meaningful work across the nation and world,” Corcoran said.
After a minor league stint with the old Washington Senators (now the Minnesota Twins), Raccuglia was drafted by the Army in 1953. Following the service, he put himself on a fast-track to a law career. Just a year after leaving LPO, he graduated from the University of Illinois and by 1959 was finishing number one in his John Marshall Law School class.
In 1960, he led the successful prosecution in the infamous Starved Rock murders case as the LaSalle County First Assistant State’s Attorney. By 1968, he was devoting his full attention to his private practice and winning landmark personal injury cases.
Recognized as one of Illinois’ top attorneys, his practice reaches many downstate counties and federal court in Cook County. In 2008, Raccuglia was named a charter member of the IVCC-LPO Hall of Fame and delivered the keynote address at commencement.
His community service includes 14 years on the LaSalle-Peru Township High School Board, including two as President, and he gives generously to many organizations including the Illinois Valley Food Pantry, IVCC Foundation and city of LaSalle.
His three children are Judge Cynthia Raccuglia, American Crew founder David Raccuglia, and Damon Raccuglia, a day trader in the stock market.
“We are very proud to say Tony got his start here,” said Corcoran.