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An opponent sets Burns’ record straight

To the Editor: I would like to thank the Coalition for Equitable Community Development and the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference for hosting the recent aldermanic forums. These forums provide a vital service in ensuring that Hyde Parkers are engaged and informed. However, I do feel I must correct two misperceptions that have repeatedly arisen. Ald.(…)

Road rules don’t apply in Hyde Park

To the Editor: The trucks just keep on rolling down Kimbark Avenue and 52nd Street. This continues even though there is a sign clearly marked at the corner of 51st Street and Kimbark Avenue stating a no truck weight limit. I have reached out to the rising star Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) office, and his(…)

U. of C. reveals selfish side

To the Editor: Thank you Stephanie Franklin for your careful documentation of the deceitful behavior of the University of Chicago in attempting to force the use of precious public parkland instead of privately held acreage in its bid for the Obama Presidential Library. (“Case never made for need for park land for Obama Library,” Jan.(…)

Fourth Ward candidates spar over education, development at Hyde Park forum

Fourth Ward candidates spar over education, development at Hyde Park forum

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer All three 4th Ward candidates — Ald. Will Burns and challengers Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden — attended a forum hosted by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference on Saturday morning at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The candidates fielded questions from audience members and four moderators: Linda Thisted, co-vice(…)

The U. of C. Revels return this weekend — in a parallel universe

The U. of C. Revels return this weekend — in a parallel universe

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Revels, a century-long Hyde Park tradition, will return next weekend. This year’s Revels, entitled “Any Resemblance,” was conceived by Andy Austin a former court artist and wife of late U. of C. professor Ted Cohen. She has written the script for ten shows. The show’s title(…)

Case never made for need for park land for Obama Library

To the Editor: I have just finished a chronological rereading of newspaper coverage of the Obama Presidential Library proposals, beginning with a Chicago Tribune article in December, 2012. Reading chronologically, at least two examples of the insidious effect of repetitious advertising jump out. First is the University of Chicago’s audacity, duplicity and arrogance in preparing(…)

Political newcomer Tracey Bey takes a shot at 4th Ward alderman seat

Political newcomer Tracey Bey takes a shot at 4th Ward alderman seat

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer First-time candidate Tracey Bey has thrown her hat in the ring for 4th Ward alderman. Bey, a Bronzeville resident who grew up in Hyde Park and attended Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., will face Ald. Will Burns (4th) and fourth-time contender and entrepreneur Norman Bolden in next(…)

Lecture series at Blackstone Library to explore what inspires authors

Lecture series at Blackstone Library to explore what inspires authors

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Friends of Blackstone Library will kick off its 2015 Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series this evening. The series’ first event, entitled “On Sight and Insight,” will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. It will feature a conversation between James(…)

Unitarians to celebrate 150 years since end of slavery

Unitarians to celebrate 150 years since end of slavery

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The First Unitarian Church of Chicago will host its annual pageant to celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation on Saturday. The church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., has held the pageant since 1994. It includes dramatic readings, re-enactments and a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, the 1863 declaration that granted freedom to(…)

Chicago Teachers Union makes endorsement in 5th Ward, passes on 4th

The Chicago Teachers Union is endorsing 24 candidates in this year’s municipal election — including a local alderman. The union last Tuesday released a list of endorsements with mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and aldermanic candidates in 23 wards, including Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). The union endorsed no candidate in the 4th Ward, where Ald.(…)

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at pair of public meetings

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at pair of public meetings

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The forces in support of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to a major South Side park were in full force last week, convening two meetings meant to demonstrate strong public support behind the bid. Hyde Park Academy Public support was overwhelmingly in favor of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to the(…)

South Shore attorney Tiffany Brooks challenging Alderman Leslie Hairston

South Shore attorney Tiffany Brooks challenging Alderman Leslie Hairston

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Attorney and South Shore resident Tiffany Brooks wants to replace Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). Brooks, who has a general law practice in Woodlawn, is one of four challengers running for Hairston’s seat this year. A graduate of Hyde Park Academy High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., and Loyola University,(…)

Yoko Ono partners with Chicago non-profit Project 120 to reimagine Jackson Park

Yoko Ono partners with Chicago non-profit Project 120 to reimagine Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Yoko Ono is consulting on designs for a new landscape in Jackson Park. The project is part of Chicago non-profit Project 120’s sweeping vision for Jackson Park that includes a multi-million dollar visitor’s center and an updated framework plan inspired by Frederick Olmsted’s 1895 designs for the park. Project 120,(…)

Services to be held for Hyde Park trumpeter Paul Serrano

Paul Serrano, 82, died at 10:54 p.m. January 14, 2015. He was a jazz musician and Hyde Parker. Serrano was owner of P.S. Recording Studio and a well-known jazz trumpeter. He was born on the South Side on Oct. 9, 1932. A jazz memorial service will be held in late February or early March. For(…)

Kenwood Broncos basketball team trounces Red-Central game

Kenwood Broncos basketball team trounces Red-Central game

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The No. 8-ranked Kenwood Broncos hosted neighborhood rivals Hyde Park Academy on Wednesday night in a Red Central basketball conference showdown that would feature some of the top-ranked players in the city. “It’s good to see a neighborhood rival renewed,” said Stephen Williams, starting point guard of the Kenwood Broncos.(…)

Kenwood Broncos basketball team defeats King College Prep Jaguars

Kenwood Broncos basketball team defeats King College Prep Jaguars

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer   On Friday night at Kenwood Academy, basketball fans flooded the gymnasium to see one of Chicago Public League’s epic match-ups of the season: the Kenwood Broncos vs. the King Jaguars. With both programs on the rise, few could predict a winner in a game that featured some of the(…)

After 55 years on 57th Street, a shoe repair shop prepares to close

After 55 years on 57th Street, a shoe repair shop prepares to close

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After more than half a century in the neighborhood, Hyde Park Shoe Rebuilder, 1451 E. 57th St., will close later this month. Owner Constandinos “Gus” Lukis, who throughout the years could be found sitting on the concrete stump outside his store, has been diagnosed with Alzheimers, according to his son(…)