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New No. 2 at Murray Elementary

New No. 2 at Murray Elementary

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Rhonda Butler is the new assistant principal of Murray Elementary School. She was selected for the position after the previous assistant principal Youlanda Snowden retired at the end of the school year. Butler began as the assistant principal (A.P.) on July 1 at Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave. The(…)

Long-awaited restaurant and concert hall Promontory hosts grand opening today

Long-awaited restaurant and concert hall Promontory hosts grand opening today

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Promontory, the new restaurant and music venue from Empty Bottle owner Bruce Finkelman, will open today. Promontory, located inside the old Borders building at 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue, will have a 300-seat capacity restaurant on the first floor and a 600 standing-room music venue on the second floor.(…)

New data reveals how Hyde Parkers use Divvy

New data reveals how Hyde Parkers use Divvy

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern Little more than a year since the City of Chicago launched its Divvy bicycle rideshare program, ample data is emerging about how Hyde Parkers use the service. Since its launch on June 28, 2013, Divvy has grown from 75 to 300 stations. A Herald(…)

Following June shooting, police detail measures at Jackson Park meeting

Following June shooting, police detail measures at Jackson Park meeting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department is stepping up enforcement in parks along the lakefront this summer to help prevent violence. At its monthly Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) meeting on Monday, July 14, at the Iowa Building, 5600 S. Lake Shore Drive, Third District Captain Sean Loughlan said CPD has increased its(…)

MetroSquash building new digs in Woodlawn

MetroSquash building new digs in Woodlawn

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer MetroSquash, a nonprofit organization based in Hyde Park, will begin construction this week on an $8 million new facility in Woodlawn. The building permit was issued last week by the City of Chicago and the building will open its 21,000 square foot facility at 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue(…)

Mayor Raoul? Not so fast, says Kwame

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) is denying that he is considering a run for mayor. The Sun Times’ Michael Sneed reported an unnamed source said Raoul could be a “bona fide contender” to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February. Raoul denied that was his plan. “I think periodically my(…)

U. of C. searches for new CFO amid another credit downgrade

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Moody’s Investors Services lowered its bond rating on the University of Chicago at the same time the school began looking for a new Chief Financial Officer. Nim Chinniah resigned earlier this month to accept a position at Northwestern University. On Wednesday, Moody’s slightly lowered its rating on U. of C.,(…)

Kwame for mayor? Not so fast, he says

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) is denying that he is considering a run for mayor. Sun Times’ Michael Sneed reported an unnamed source said Raoul could be a “bona fide contender” to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February. Raoul denied that was his plan. “I think periodically my name(…)