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Hairston closes budget books

Hairston closes budget books

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Hairston (5th) has ended her ward’s participatory budgeting (PB) program. According to Hairston — the first South Side alderman to give her constituents a choice to vote on how to spend more than $1 million in annual discretionary funds — the decision to put a halt to the district’s experiment(…)

Conference convenes to consider forming CAC

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park – Kenwood Community Council (HP-K CC) Schools Committee is hosting another Community Action Council (CAC) informational meeting on Jan. 8. At the meeting, the community will decide if a CAC should be established in the neighborhood. The CAC meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to(…)

Local friends to history

The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) has announced the 2014 winners of its Paul Cornell, Marian and Leon Despres Preservation and Jean Block Book awards, which will be presented at its annual dinner on Feb. 22 at the Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. This year’s Paul Cornell Award winners are: Seth and Kristin Flanders,(…)

Gun laws at the Station

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Experimental Station will present an exhibit addressing the impact of the new Firearm Concealed Carry legislation in Illinois that went into effect on Jan. 1. On July 2, Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons. The law officially went(…)

Deval Patrick to speak at university

Massachusetts Governor and South Side native Deval Patrick will deliver the keynote address at the University of Chicago’s Martin Luther King Celebration at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Patrick has deep ties to the South Side of Chicago and the Washington Park community, where he(…)

Bobby Rush cash questions 

The Better Government Association recently teamed up with the Chicago Sun-Times to publish a two-part series investigating 2nd District Congressman Bobby Rush’s finances. The four articles cover Rush’s rent on his political office at 3361 S. Martin Luther King Dr., a backlog in owed taxes, the use of $1 million in funds for a planned(…)

Comings and goings on the education beat in 2013

Comings and goings on the education beat in 2013

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Robin Appleby appointed to succeeded David Magill In January 2013, University of Chicago Laboratory School Director David Magill announced that he plans to retire in June 2014. Magill, who has been the director of the schools for about 11 years, said he announced his retirement early so the Lab(…)

A roundup of a hot development year

A roundup of a hot development year

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Harper Court Harper Court opened after years of planning and was sold within a week to the University of Chicago. Top brass from the University of Chicago, Vermilion Development, the City of Chicago, Hyatt Hotels and others that helped fund it cut the ribbon on the $139 million development on(…)