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Emanuel moves to secure park land for Obama Library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel will introduce an ordinance to the full City Council that would transfer ownership of the two parks proposed for the Obama Library from the Park District to the City. The mayor’s office confirmed that he will introduce the ordinance at Wednesday’s meeting. The Park District council will look at(…)

Hyde Park man reported missing

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer   A Hyde Park man has been missing since Thursday morning. Arsene Boykin, 93, was last seen taking his car for emissions testing between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15. He never returned to his home on the 5600 block of South Harper Street. Boykin suffers from signs(…)

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at Washington Park meeting

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at Washington Park meeting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer So many people filled the Washington Park fieldhouse Wednesday afternoon that park district officials turned people away briefly before opening up more overflow rooms. Chicago Park District board members gave the public a second opportunity to discuss potentially placing the Obama Presidential Library inside Washington Park. The first hearing drew more than(…)

Chuy Garcia weighs in on Obama Library in Washington Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said he does not support using public land in Washington Park for the Obama Library. In a statement released Tuesday Garcia, a former alderman and current commissioner on the Cook County Board, said he opposes granting 20 acres of parkland for the Obama Library and(…)

U. of C. defends park use in Obama Library plans

U. of C. defends park use in Obama Library plans

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago included Washington and Jackson parks in its bid to host the Obama Library to present the first couple with a more attractive option than land the school already owns. U. of C. Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas defended the proposal to members of the(…)

U. of C. ends plans to expand adult ER

  By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center shelved its plans to build a $36 million adult emergency room. Late Friday afternoon university officials released a statement saying they were pulling the application filed with the Illinois Health Review Board in December. The now-defunct plan would have moved the adult emergency(…)

Services today for Helen Lewis Bidwell

Services for Helen Lewis Bidwell will be held in Bond Chapel this afternoon. Helen died on Dec. 9, 2014, in Chicago. She was 79. Helen was born in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 24, 1935, the second daughter of Thomas Deane Lewis and Ann Elizabeth Claxton Lewis. The family lived in Bethesda, Md. Helen attended the College(…)

Non-profit status for Hyde Park Cats

Non-profit status for Hyde Park Cats

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Park Cats recently achieved a 501©3 status, making it a tax-deductible nonprofit organization. The group has placed more than 500 felines in permanent homes since its founding in 2008. It traps and gives medical care, including spaying or neutering, to feral or abandoned cats in Hyde Park. Cats that(…)

Facebook post on U. of C. student’s page not work of hacker

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Facebook posting that appeared to be racially motivated and that led to a federal investigation last week was not the work of an illegal hacker. University of Chicago Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Karen Warren Coleman wrote, in a letter sent out to the entire faculty,(…)

Hyde Parker Marlene Van Kley Vellinga dies

Hyde Park resident and active volunteer Marlene Van Kley Vellinga has died. Vellinga sat on the board of the Hyde Park Transitional Housing Project and was a longtime volunteer for the Hyde Park-Kenwood Hunger Programs. For at least more than a decade Vellinga played a crucial role in helping to unload monthly food deliveries to(…)

Hyde Park man charged with shooting death

A Hyde Park man was charged following a fatal shooting on the 5200 block of South Cornell Avenue last night. Paris D. Walker-Rush, 25, was charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon. Walker-Rush, who lives on the 5200 block of South Cornell, was arrested(…)

U. of C. police send out alert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department alerted residents yesterday after a student was the victim of a burglary near campus. At 2:45 p.m. Monday a student was walking southbound on Ellis Avenue between 61st and 62nd streets when approached by the suspect. The suspect took the victim’s computer, computer bag and iPhone(…)

U. of C. to discuss Obama Library with Jackson Park council

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council and the University of Chicago have scheduled a meeting to talk about the Obama Presidential Library. The meeting is scheduled for January, though the agenda is being kept under wraps. “As part of the collaborative effort to bring the Obama Presidential Library to the South(…)

Police issue warnings about Hyde Park robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) have both issued warnings about armed robberies in Hyde Park. Chicago Police News Affairs declined to say if the two agencies are investigating connected robberies, but did say they are working in conjunction. UCPD issued a security(…)

Lakefront assault suspect caught

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 17-year-old who is suspected of assaulting two women on Hyde Park’s lakefront in the last week has been arrested. Chicago Police News Affairs said an unnamed 17-year-old male has been charged with two felony counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and one misdemeanor count of Obstructing Identification. The most(…)

Fire at 47th Street Metra stalls morning travelers

Fire at 47th Street Metra stalls morning travelers

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A fire at the 47th Street Metra station briefly halted trains and is still under investigation by the Chicago Fire Department. A fire was reported at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday after a train operator saw smoke. Chicago Fire Department responded immediately, said Meg Reile, Metra spokesperson. One train, bound for downtown(…)