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Ballot confusion at the polls

Ballot confusion at the polls

By SAM RAPPAPORT, Staff Writer and MARC MONAGHAN, Special Contributor As Illinois voters flocked to the polls for Tuesday’s general primary elections, some Hyde Park residents found it difficult to cast ballots for their appropriate districts. Becca Hall, a resident of the 5500 block of S. Hyde Park Blvd., said that, after being supplied with(…)

Kenwood student counts ballots for Election Day

Kenwood student counts ballots for Election Day

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A Kenwood Academy High School senior was one of 1,300 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students who served as election judges during the primary election, March 15. Kierra Jones, a senior at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., participated as a judge Tuesday at Brainerd Senior Center, 8915 S. Loomis St. Jones(…)

Sanders speaks with Rev. Jackson at Rainbow PUSH

Sanders speaks with Rev. Jackson at Rainbow PUSH

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) visited Rainbow PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., for a public conversation with Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. on Saturday, March 12. The event, part of Jackson’s weekly, live-broadcasted Saturday Morning Forum, drew hundreds of spectators and a variety of activists and local politicians. Among those in(…)

Community chess class teaches kids new skills

Community chess class teaches kids new skills

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Community kids are learning problem-solving skills, organization and collaboration on Saturday afternoons, by just playing a board game. Walter Bourdaghs recently began offering community chess classes geared to kids ages 9-18 at Einstein Bros. Bagels, 5225 S. Harper Ct. Aside from teaching kids a game played across the globe, Bourdaghs(…)

Dr. Quentin Young remembered in Hyde Park

Dr. Quentin Young remembered in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park native Dr. Quentin Young, who served the community through his health practice and activism, died Monday, March 7 at the age of 92. Born in 1923, Young lived on the South Side his whole life. His son, Michael Young, said Hyde Park has always been where his roots(…)

Hyde Park Community Players tackle two shows

Hyde Park Community Players tackle two shows

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are performing not one, but two shows this weekend as part of an exciting two-week run of “Jar the Floor” and “Proof.” David Auburn’s “Proof,” directed by player Paul Baker, and Cheryl L. West’s “Jar the Floor,” directed by Roseland Battle, may be two separate(…)

Opposition grows to U. of C.’s I-House eviction plans

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A growing number of students and Hyde Park residents are getting behind efforts to oppose the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) plans to transform International House (I-House), 1414 E. 59th St., into an undergraduate-only housing complex. The university announced in January that the decision was made in order to(…)

Target to open in Vue53 as anchor retailer

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Target announced today that it will open a store in the Hyde Park neighborhood within the Vue53 development. The retailer is planning on taking up 21,000 of the available 28,000 square feet of retail space that Vue53, 1330 E. 53rd St., has to offer. According to an official press release,(…)

Gun agendas not to be ignored in voting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Tomorrow, thousands of voters will take to the polls to choose the candidates that most align with their issues. For the Gun Violence Prevention PAC (G-PAC), the most important issue at stake is ending gun violence. Every election cycle, G-PAC endorses the candidates that bring the issue of gun violence(…)

Kenwood student leadership group hosts fundraising event

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Members of a Kenwood Academy High School mentorship program will face off against the African American Firefighters and Paramedics League of Chicago in a basketball game on Friday, March 18. In addition to the basketball game, the evening will feature a performance from the K-phi-9 Dance Troupe. The event will(…)

Mikkey’s Retro Grill

Mikkey’s Retro Grill

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new burger joint in town promises healthy “cheat day” meals with a side of fresh ingredients. Mikkey’s Retro Grill, 5319 S. Hyde Park Blvd., is the second restaurant endeavor from Hyde Parker Erik Nance. Nance, who also owns Litehouse Whole Food Grill, 1373 E. 53rd St., explained that the(…)

Nichols Park a no go for Brew Fest 2016

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce announced, at a community meeting Thursday, March 10, that the 2016 Hyde Park Brew Fest will not be held in Nichols Park this year. The Thursday evening meeting at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., was short and to the point.(…)

Shots fired near Kenwood Academy High School

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The occupants of a vehicle driving in the 5200 block of South Lake Park Avenue opened fire on a passing car at approximately 3 p.m., Thursday, March 10, according to a Kenwood Academy High School spokeswoman, who did not wish to be named. The spokeswoman said that the school’s in-house(…)

Hyde Park resident ranked as a top corporate influencer

Hyde Park resident ranked as a top corporate influencer

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Darrel Hackett has been named one of the 100 most influential African Americans in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine. According to Savoy Magazine, the award puts Hackett on “the definitive list of African American achievers, influencers and executives facilitating global change through their leadership.” Hackett, a neighborhood(…)

Street closing

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) announced, Thursday, March 10, that Hyde Park Boulevard between 51st Street and 53rd Street and Cornell Avenue between 51st Street and 53rd Street will be closed from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m., Saturday, March 19, so that helicopters can safely lift utility boxes from a building at 5201 S. Cornell Avenue.