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After 55 years on 57th Street, a shoe repair shop prepares to close

After 55 years on 57th Street, a shoe repair shop prepares to close

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After more than half a century in the neighborhood, Hyde Park Shoe Rebuilder, 1451 E. 57th St., will close later this month. Owner Constandinos “Gus” Lukis, who throughout the years could be found sitting on the concrete stump outside his store, has been diagnosed with Alzheimers, according to his son(…)

U. of C. defends Obama Library proposal at Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting

U. of C. defends Obama Library proposal at Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago included Washington and Jackson parks in its bid to host the Obama Library to present the first couple with a more attractive option than land the school already owns. University of Chicago (U. of C.) Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas defended the proposal to(…)

Library needs all voices

By JAY TRAVIS While there is great enthusiasm regarding the University of Chicago’s proposals to locate President Barack Obama’s presidential library in either Washington Park or Jackson Park, the concerns of residents about the bid should not be dismissed. At two separate public hearings, in which people arrived on foot, by car and by charter(…)

Setting the record straight at Dyett

To the Editor: In a recent news Gazette article “Newsbrief: Dyett High to reconfigure, remain open” dated January 1, 2015 Alderman Will Burns’ description of his leadership with regards to Dyett High School is inaccurate. We are writing this letter because it is dishonest for an elected official or agency to position themselves as leaders on(…)

Hyde Parkers seeking to form advisory council for Cornell Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A park advisory council (PAC) may soon form for Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Ave. A group of around 16 community members plus Ald. Hairston (5th) and two of her assistants attended a Jan. 5 meeting at the Chicago Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., to draft bylaws and an(…)

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia voices opposition to placing Obama library in Washington Park

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia voices opposition to placing Obama library in Washington Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said he does not support using public land in Washington Park for the Obama Library. In a statement released Tuesday, Garcia, a former alderman and current commissioner on the Cook County Board, said he opposes granting 20 acres of parkland for the Obama Library and(…)

Three forums planned this week for 4th, 5th ward candidates

Fourth and 5th Ward aldermanic candidates will appear at three forums in the coming week. This Saturday, Jan. 24, Ald. Will Burns (4th) and challengers Tracey Bey and Norman Bolden will attend a forum hosted by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave.(…)