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New fellows at Institute of Politics

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics has announced its roster of fall 2014 fellows. The group’s five members will host public seminars during the U. of C.’s fall quarter at the institute, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. They are: Eliseo Medina, former Secretary-Treasurer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Megan McArdle, a columnist for(…)

Ethics probe targets Bobby Rush

The House Ethics Committee announced Friday that it is investigating 11-term Congressman Bobby Rush (D-2). The panel has not shared any specific details on the investigation, which was sparked by an Office of Congressional Ethics probe into the lawmaker. The panel has said it will announce its action on Nov. 10. Last December, the Chicago(…)

A local butterfly, long considered common, is center stage

A local butterfly, long considered common, is center stage

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One University of Chicago research team is spending its summer catching small butterflies in the neighborhood. Hyde Parkers might see Marcus Kronforst, a professor in the department of Ecology and Evolution, frantically swinging a butterfly net out on Midway Plaisance or in community gardens. The team is catching the white(…)

Local institutions joining forces for South Side museum campus

Local institutions joining forces for South Side museum campus

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of cultural institutions on the South Side have launched a campaign to bring more tourists and local visitors here. Declaring August “Museum Month,” six South Side institutions — including the Museum of Science and Industry, DuSable Museum of African American History, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, Oriental(…)

City to share files on alleged police misconduct with local reporter, public

City to share files on alleged police misconduct with local reporter, public

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A local reporter has wrested an agreement by the city to make investigations into complaints against Chicago Police Department public. On July 11, the city said it would not pursue to appeal a March decision by the Illinois Appellate Court in Kalven v. City of Chicago to make public two(…)

Music venue Promontory finally opens in Hyde Park, reveals lineup

Music venue Promontory finally opens in Hyde Park, reveals lineup

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Promontory is Hyde Park’s newest place for dinner and live music. The Promontory, 1539 E. 53rd St., had a soft opening Monday, July 21. The restaurant has been a long time in the making. Two years passed between when Empty Bottle owner Bruce Finkelman first walked into the vacated Borders(…)

A good deed recounted

To the Editor: Neighborliness and good deeds did not pass away with your great-grandmother. They still exist, right here in Hyde Park. On Monday, July 21, a day of oppressive heat and humidity and terrible air quality, a delightful young woman named Sharon Carver looked up from her desk and noticed a senior citizen out(…)

Vanishing promises made to the poor of our ward

By JAY TRAVIS The commitment by the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) and local elected officials to ensure one-third of the housing units demolished under the Plan for Transformation is replaced for former public housing residents, and the development of an additional one-third of housing units for working families that need affordable housing on publicly-owned CHA(…)