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Travis bows out

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Jay Travis acknowledged her defeat at the hands of incumbent State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26). The previous evening, Travis’s team said they would not concede the race before taking a closer look at instances of voting irregularities that took place throughout the 26th district(…)

Improv goes beyond laughter, provides business benefits

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s not all laughs over at The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St.; classes at the improv club are proving beneficial in listening, collaboration and creativity. A new session of 15 classes start March 28, but owner John Stoops said the takeaway from these eight-week classes are not learning how to(…)

Shrine celebration

The Coalition to Save the Shrine of Christ the King Church is hosting a celebration at noon Saturday, March 19 at the First Presbyterian Church, 6400 S. Kimbark Ave. The Shrine of Christ the King, formerly St. Gelasius Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave., suffered a terrible fire last fall. The Archdiocese wanted to tear it(…)

2016 Primary Election results for Hyde Park -Kenwood

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Tuesday’s voting for the Illinois State Representative of the 26th District spanned ten Chicago wards. In every one of those wards, incumbent Christian Mitchell claimed victory over challenger Jay Travis. However, election results from the 4th and 5th ward precincts located within Hyde Park and South Kenwood show that the(…)

Businesses say goodbye to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park location of two stores, Amy’s Candy Bar, 1546 E. 55th St. and Belle Up Boutique, 1504 E. 53rd St., have permanently closed their doors. Both stores started as pop-up shops with a contract from the University of Chicago. Amy’s Candy Bar opened in the Hyde Park Shopping(…)

Mitchell takes victory in 26th District race

Mitchell takes victory in 26th District race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At press time, State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) was in the lead ahead of opponent Jay Travis by 3,028 votes at about 56 percent. While Travis started out with a lead just after the polls closed at 7 p.m., Mitchell ultimately pulled the majority of the votes for the Democrat(…)

Travis calls out Mitchell for foul play, doesn’t concede the race

Travis calls out Mitchell for foul play, doesn’t concede the race

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, Jay Travis, candidate for State Rep. (D-26) stepped onto the stage at her election night party at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St., to announce that, despite trailing her opponent by about 2,000 votes with 85 percent of 26th precincts reporting, she would not(…)

Rush wins again

Rush wins again

By Allison Matyus Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1) was in the lead by a landslide as of Herald press time with 75 percent of the votes Tuesday night. Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) and Patrick Brutus ran against Rush for the Democratic nomination. Brookins obtained 20 percent of the votes while Brutus came in(…)

Presidential primary results

Presidential primary results

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On the democratic side of the presidential race, Hillary Clinton came away with the victory with 53.65 percent of the vote. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton had 357,415 votes. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was listed with 302,173 votes. In the republican primary, Donald J. Trump held a commanding(…)

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(…)