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Reporter Jamie Kalven prevails in legal battle with police

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A local reporter and nonprofit leader recently won a key legal battle over police transparency in the Illinois Court of Appeals. Kalven v. Chicago Police Department was settled Monday, March 14, years after after Jamie Kalven, founder of the not-for-profit journalist collective Invisible Institute, 6100 S. Blackstone Ave., filed suit.(…)

Seeking new status, U. of C. police make changes

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department is making changes that create greater transparency and that would hold it to standards set by a law enforcement accreditation agency. UCPD will host a public forum as part of the process to becoming an accredited law enforcement agency. A public information forum will(…)

Hyde Park G and S’s “Pinafore” shines

By M L RANTALA Music Critic Hyde Park’s own Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company welcomed spring with another fun and frothy production of “H.M.S. Pinafore.” This silly story of “The Lass that Loved a Sailor” was given three performances this past weekend at Mandel Hall. Since 1960 this troupe has been offering the works of(…)

Parents debate the merits of firing Kenwood Academy basketball coach

Parents debate the merits of firing Kenwood Academy basketball coach

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy parents continue to debate the fairness of the school’s decision to fire its varsity basketball coach. Some parents said they are concerned about the basketball team’s academic future while others said the team needs a coach, who can lead the team to more victories. Jim Maley was(…)

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie sails to victory

State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie sails to victory

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie sailed uncontested to her 19th term as Hyde Park’s representative in the 25th District Tuesday night. The 2014 primary was less stressful than her first election in 1978. In Currie’s first primary, she ran in a 10-candidate race that included an alderman and an(…)

Jerry “Iceman” Butler re-elected Cook County Commissioner

Jerry “Iceman” Butler, the Cook County Board of Commissioner member who represents the 3rd District of the county, which includes Hyde Park, handily defeated his opponent Rosemary Reeves. Butler received 19,444 votes out of 23,759, or 81.84 percent, of the vote.

Part Five: Land clearance: 55th to 57th streets

Part Five: Land clearance: 55th to 57th streets

By SUSAN O’CONNOR DAVIS The basic characteristics of Lake Park Avenue change dramatically when one heads south of the 55th Street intersection and toward 57th Street. The roadway narrows and there is but one building that remains along the Illinois Central embankment on the east, an old cable car building that is now the headquarters(…)

A rousing “Tito” at Lyric

What: “La Clemenza di Tito” Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: through March 23 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic La Clemenza di Tito” is a splendid example of Enlightenment thinking. The main theme is the exercise of power tempered by compassion. Tito rules Rome because his father wrested power from(…)

Hyde Park remembers artist and advocate Nancy Hays

Hyde Park remembers artist and advocate Nancy Hays

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parkers marked the end of a three-year struggle on Saturday when they gathered to rename the north bridge to the Wooded Island in Jackson Park after Nancy Hays. Hays was a Herald photographer, parks advocate and social activist, who made her career in Hyde Park until her death in(…)

Days numbered for Harper greystones

Days numbered for Harper greystones

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The three greystone buildings on the 5100 block of South Harper Avenue will be demolished once the ground thaws. Antheus Capital purchased the three greystone buildings in 2008 with the intention to renovate and rent them as apartments. Antheus spokesman Peter Cassel told the 53rd Street Tax Increment Financing Advisory(…)

Architect adviser revealed for multimillion-dollar Jackson Park project

Architect adviser revealed for multimillion-dollar Jackson Park project

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A Chicago lawyer spearheading the redesign of Jackson Park revealed new details at a Thursday talk at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St. Patricia O’Donnell, principal at Vermont-based Heritage Landscapes LLC, will guide the redesign of Jackson Park in accordance with Frederick Law Olmsted’s original 1895 plan for(…)

New local schools group officially forms

New local schools group officially forms

Hyde Park-Kenwood has an official Chicago Public Schools Community Action Council (CAC). As a CAC the Hyde Park community will develop strategic plans for elementary and high schools within the boundaries of Robinson Elementary, 4225 S. Lake Park Ave., to the north; Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St., to the west; Carnegie Elementary, 1414(…)

Kenwood student a star

Kenwood student a star

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Kyndal Buchanan will receive the “Rising Star” award at the DuSable Museum of African American History’s Annual gala. DuSable’s “Night of 100 Stars Gala” will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday April 5 at the South Shore Cultural Center at 7059 S.(…)

Charge, bond set in infant murder

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man was charged with the murder of his 3-week-old daughter after she died at Comer Children’s Hospital from injuries resulting from repeated shaking. Jose Garcia, 28, was arrested initially after his daughter was admitted to Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Ave., at 2:45 p.m. on March(…)

Native Foods latest place to open in Harper Court

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Vegan restaurant Native Foods, 1518 E. Harper Ct., became the most recent business to open in Harper Court. Native Foods was established in 1994 in California. The Harper Court restaurant is the company’s second in the Chicago area. Native Foods serves organic, meat- and dairy-free entrees for around $10. l.welbers@hpherald.com.(…)

Akiba-Schechter to honor its own at gala event

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is hosting its annual benefit to raise money for the school. The benefit will take place at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 23, at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive. A special toast will be given in honor of Rebecca Berenson Kirstein,(…)

Christian Mitchell ekes out 26th District win against Jay Travis

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS and JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writers State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) won with a slim lead over challenger Jay Travis in Tuesday’s election. Mitchell and a group of more than 50 supporters — including Ald. Will Burns, state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-16) and Sen. Dick Durbin — convened Tuesday night to watch(…)

Lost Hyde Park: Preserving “creatively and constructively”

Lost Hyde Park: Preserving “creatively and constructively”

Respected Hyde Park Alderman Leon Despres had long argued for preservation, believing that while it is not possible to preserve every old building, it was necessary to do all one could to preserve “creatively and constructively.” Despres thought protecting historic urban areas required making some sacrifices, yet was a “sign of a society’s cultural maturity.”(…)

Review: “Rusalka”

Where: Lyric Opera, 20 N. Wacker Dr. When: through March 13 Phone: 312-332-2244 By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic More than a century after it first premiered in Prague, Lyric Opera of Chicago has at last brought “Rusalka” to the Civic Opera House. Dvorak’s greatest opera is both beautiful and thought-provoking with Lyric’s treatment of(…)

Review: “The How and the Why”

RECOMMENDED Where: Timeline Theatre Company, 615 W. Wellington Ave. When: through April 6 Tickets: $35-$48 Phone: 773-281-8463 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Sarah Treem’s “The How and the Why” is a combination of the captivating and the contrived. On the one hand, the writer, whose credits include HBO’s “In Treatment” and Netflix’s “House of Cards,”(…)