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5th Ward budget group member releases recommendations

Anne Marie Miles – 5th Ward attorney, former aldermanic candidate and member of Ald. Leslie Hairston’s committee to review infrastructure needs in the ward – released earlier this afternoon the meeting minutes and recommendations from the group to Hairston. The recommendations will be considered by Hairston’s office, which has sought input from the ward’s four(…)

Man reported missing by police

Man reported missing by police

A man who can often be seen on the 4700 block of South Drexel Boulevard was reported missing by the Chicago Police Department on Wednesday. Michael Cardine, 57, was last seen wearing a black skull cap. He is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a(…)

Something fishy in Hyde Park

Something fishy in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parker Neil Shubin’s work studying paleontology at the University of Chicago has taken him to places as far away as Canada’s arctic north and South Africa. However much of his PBS series “Your Inner Fish” is a Hyde Park story, he said. The three part PBS series “Your Inner(…)

Fair Trader hatches new plan

Cindy Pardo is pushing back. For years, Pardo has watched the available space and opportunities for artists in Hyde Park and the broader South Side dwindle, and she has decided to do something about it. Both an artist and a businesswoman, Pardo is sending out feelers for an idea she hatched recently to create a(…)

Longtime salon struggles to stay on 53rd Street

Longtime salon struggles to stay on 53rd Street

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A woman who has owned a salon on 53rd Street for 20 years is suing the a business arm of the University of Chicago, who she says is trying to illegally evict her. Sahan Kourouma has owned Motherland, 1459 E. 53rd St., a nail salon and hair weaving business, since(…)

What The Traveler Saw to close in June

What The Traveler Saw to close in June

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer What the Traveler Saw will be closing at the end of June. The international goods store has been a popular in the neighborhood since it opened 10 years ago. Owner Laurel Stratford said she would be closing the brick-and-mortar store, 1508 E. 55th St., but not the business. “I’ve put(…)

Hyde Park’s permission wall, once haven for local artists, destroyed for Vue53 site

Hyde Park’s permission wall, once haven for local artists, destroyed for Vue53 site

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A wall where graffiti artists had painted freely for more than 20 years was demolished Friday to make way for a 155-foot tall mixed-use building. The Hyde Park graffiti wall was the last “permission wall” on the South Side. Artists and graffiti writers were able to hone their talents along(…)

THEY’RE HISTORY

THEY’RE HISTORY

MAC Properties demolishes three historic greystones on Harper Avenue to make way for a parking lot.

Police warn of robberies on Cottage

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police have warned residents of robberies that have occurred in March on the 4700 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue and the 200 block of East 35th Street. In each incident, the offenders approach a victim from behind and attempt to take their property. Chicago Police said multiple offenders will(…)

Analysis: The facts behind the TV ads in Christian Mitchell and Jay Travis’ race for the 26th District

Analysis: The facts behind the TV ads in Christian Mitchell and Jay Travis’ race for the 26th District

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Illinois’ 26th District race has taken to the TV airwaves. Using a fundraising advantage in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, incumbent state Rep. Christian Mitchell’s (D-26) campaign has released two television ads, while the Chicagoans United for Economic Security (CUES) political action committee has spent almost $90,000 on an(…)

Mitchell’s connection to lobbying firm questioned

Mitchell’s connection to lobbying firm questioned

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer In addition to his legislative duties, state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) has been a registered lobbyist and staff member at a public affairs firm, which has led opponents to question his ethics. Since 2011, Mitchell has served as vice president of Conlon and Dunn Public Strategies, led and co-founded by(…)

Hyde Parker Brunell Donald says she and Tio Hardiman will win against Quinn in next week’s primary

Hyde Parker Brunell Donald says she and Tio Hardiman will win against Quinn in next week’s primary

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park resident and attorney Brunell Donald is running for lieutenant governor in this year’s Democratic primary, joining the ticket of gubernatorial challenger Tio Hardiman, former director of violence prevention non-profit CeaseFire. Donald formerly served as a prosecutor and public defender for Cook County. The Northern Illinois University and John Marshall Law(…)

Harper Court for sale

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has listed Harper Court for sale. The 12-story, mixed-use development was listed with commercial realtor CBRE Group. It includes 224,000 square feet of space and is more than 90 percent leased to retail tenants. As part of the sale the university will sign a 20-year master(…)

Police warn about string of robberies

The Chicago Police Department has warned of a string of robberies to businesses in Hyde Park. In each incident, the offenders approached people on the street or employees leaving a business, produced a weapon and demanded property or access to closed businesses, where they took property. The first incident occurred at 11:50 p.m., Feb. 6,(…)

CPS cancels RFP seeking broker to sell Canter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) canceled a request for proposals (RFP) it released earlier this week to real estate brokers that are interested in handling the sale of Canter Middle School and several other schools across the city that are or will soon be closed. The invitation, which was released(…)