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Political newcomer Tracey Bey takes a shot at 4th Ward alderman seat

Political newcomer Tracey Bey takes a shot at 4th Ward alderman seat

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer First-time candidate Tracey Bey has thrown her hat in the ring for 4th Ward alderman. Bey, a Bronzeville resident who grew up in Hyde Park and attended Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., will face Ald. Will Burns (4th) and fourth-time contender and entrepreneur Norman Bolden in next(…)

Lecture series at Blackstone Library to explore what inspires authors

Lecture series at Blackstone Library to explore what inspires authors

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Friends of Blackstone Library will kick off its 2015 Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series this evening. The series’ first event, entitled “On Sight and Insight,” will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. It will feature a conversation between James(…)

Unitarians to celebrate 150 years since end of slavery

Unitarians to celebrate 150 years since end of slavery

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The First Unitarian Church of Chicago will host its annual pageant to celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation on Saturday. The church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., has held the pageant since 1994. It includes dramatic readings, re-enactments and a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, the 1863 declaration that granted freedom to(…)

Chicago Teachers Union makes endorsement in 5th Ward, passes on 4th

The Chicago Teachers Union is endorsing 24 candidates in this year’s municipal election — including a local alderman. The union last Tuesday released a list of endorsements with mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and aldermanic candidates in 23 wards, including Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). The union endorsed no candidate in the 4th Ward, where Ald.(…)

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at pair of public meetings

Support, some concerns, voiced for Obama Library at pair of public meetings

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The forces in support of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to a major South Side park were in full force last week, convening two meetings meant to demonstrate strong public support behind the bid. Hyde Park Academy Public support was overwhelmingly in favor of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to the(…)

South Shore attorney Tiffany Brooks challenging Alderman Leslie Hairston

South Shore attorney Tiffany Brooks challenging Alderman Leslie Hairston

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Attorney and South Shore resident Tiffany Brooks wants to replace Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). Brooks, who has a general law practice in Woodlawn, is one of four challengers running for Hairston’s seat this year. A graduate of Hyde Park Academy High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., and Loyola University,(…)

Yoko Ono partners with Chicago non-profit Project 120 to reimagine Jackson Park

Yoko Ono partners with Chicago non-profit Project 120 to reimagine Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Yoko Ono is consulting on designs for a new landscape in Jackson Park. The project is part of Chicago non-profit Project 120’s sweeping vision for Jackson Park that includes a multi-million dollar visitor’s center and an updated framework plan inspired by Frederick Olmsted’s 1895 designs for the park. Project 120,(…)