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Preckwinkle discusses state of Cook

Preckwinkle discusses state of Cook

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle presented a State of the County address to members of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce at its Quarterly Breakfast Seminar, Wednesday, Dec. 11, at BankFinancial, 1354 E. 55th St. Joined by Cook County Bureau of Economic Development Chief Herman Brewer, Preckwinkle emphasized the(…)

Locals hear details on cost to restore two homes at risk

Locals hear details on cost to restore two homes at risk

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer To restore the decaying Frank Lloyd Wright houses at the center of a controversy in South Kenwood will take between $4 and $5 million, in addition to their purchase prices. The Blossom and McArthur houses have languished on the real estate market since fall of 2012. The McArthur house, 4852(…)

Mitchell ready for March opponent

Mitchell ready for March opponent

By JEFRREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Illinois’ youngest state legislator, state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26), will face off in next March’s state primary with former Kenwood Oakland Community Organization Executive Director Jay Travis. But the 27-year-old incumbent — who is seeking a second term to represent the district including parts of Hyde Park, Kenwood, downtown and(…)

University’s Douglas did not justify TIF cash

To the Editor: I read, with interest, the letter of Derek Douglas, the University of Chicago’s vice president for Civic Engagement, in which he defended the $23.4 million dollar Tax Increment Financing (TIF) subsidy the university received for its Harper Court project. According to Mr. Douglas, the purpose of the Harper Court project was “to(…)

B&B article ignores Kenwood history

To the Editor: Lindsay Welbers’ Dec. 11, 2013 article regarding the desire of a commercial enterprise to develop two private homes in Kenwood solely for commercial — not residential owner-occupied —purposes, ignores certain salient facts regarding the prior history, and importance, of single-family, owner-occupied housing in homes originally designed for such purposes in Kenwood. First, from(…)

Don’t like B&Bs? Buy the homes yourself

To the Editor: If nearby residents are determined to keep the Blossom and McArthur homes from becoming B&Bs, let them pool their resources and buy the houses. Of course they would then be the proud owners of two derelict properties. Richard R. Gill

Rebuffing B&B offer shames history

To the Editor: Kenwood is justly proud of the magnificent homes that line its streets. With that in mind, I was saddened to read in the Herald of the controversy over two of its most important houses, Blossom and McArthur. My parents bought a house on Kimbark Avenue in 1950 for less than $20,000. Shortly(…)

Ald.’s aid steals mink

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer An assistant to Fifth Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston was arrested after allegedly stealing a mink coat belonging to a prominent South Side resident earlier this month. Chicago Police Department said Lynette Hill, 54, of the 2500 block of East 72nd Street, was charged with one felony count of theft of(…)