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CPD accountability task force major step toward systemic change

To the Editor: State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) issued the following statement on the dismissal of police superintendent Garry McCarthy and the City of Chicago’s appointment of a task force on police accountability: The Dec. 1 announcements represent a positive step out of a dark time in our city. While no individual is solely responsible(…)

Metra underutilized on South Side

To the Editor: The Metra Electric, which serves Chicago’s Southside and South Suburban communities, is a hugely underutilized asset. If run like CTA lines, with trains every 10 or 15 minutes, full Ventra integration, and a transfer discount, the Metra Electric could unlock the enormous development potential of the Southside and South Suburbs. The Metra(…)

Jay Travis’ “facts” are all wrong

To the Editor:  Jay Travis is entitled to her own opinions, but she isn’t entitled to her own facts. And plain and simple, her latest letter to the editor was an utter misrepresentation of the truth. Her implication that I worked as a lobbyist is patently false. In 2012, after I won my first primary(…)

Murray meeting not just about principal

To the Editor: Your article on the Murray LSC (“Murray teachers question LSC”, Nov. 25, 2015) contains two gross inaccuracies. First, the annual state of the school address was not a “hearing about whether to retain” the principal. Local School Councils do follow a process to decide on renewal of the principal’s contract every four(…)

Local activists: McCarthy’s resignation “not enough”

Local activists: McCarthy’s resignation “not enough”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Following Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s resignation last Tuesday, Dec. 1, Hyde Park activists and politicians are calling for sweeping reforms of the Chicago Police Department (CPD). On Sunday, Dec. 6, Everloyce McCullough, a member of Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.), stood in Bixler Park at 57th and Kenwood recruiting local(…)

Travis’ run for Springfield

Travis’ run for Springfield

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It was a close race in the 2014 election for the 26th District State Representative. State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) beat candidate Jay Travis by less than 6 percent. For the 2016 race, Travis is continuing her fight to Springfield. “We were able to build a racially diverse, multi-generational community(…)

Mitchell focuses on results

Mitchell focuses on results

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) is in the midst of his 2016 campaign. For this time around against candidate Jay Travis, Mitchell is emphasizing the results he has made in Springfield. “I think the major theme of this campaign is not just who is going to be an effective progressive,(…)

Aldermen confront community outrage at joint town hall meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A cohort of eleven aldermen including Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) faced the vehement criticism of their constituents last night at a joint town hall meeting held at Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 S. King Dr. WVON radio host Matt McGill moderated the evening’s discussion, which, at(…)

Where to donate in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Tis the season to give…and to give back. In the midst of holiday shopping and spending, put aside some time to visit the various locations in Hyde Park accepting donated items. The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd St., is asking for donations of hygiene and personal care products. From now(…)

Gun threat against U. of C resolved

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Monday, Nov. 30, Jabari Dean, a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was arrested and charged with making a threat in interstate commerce after FBI officials tracked him to a comment posted online that detailed plans to execute “16 white male students and or staff” at the University(…)

Pop-ups find permanent home in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As Hyde Park seems to constantly change in its retail and development, some stores have found a permanent home in the neighborhood. The University of Chicago (U. of C.) brings in pop-up shops in the area to diversify the shopping experience, but some of these pop-ups remain even after their(…)

Connecting institutions on the South Side

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For the first time, long-standing visual arts organizations on the South Side have collaborated to bring forth the connections they share and the histories they have imprinted in the area. South Side Connections brings together the Renaissance Society, 5811 S. Ellis Ave.; the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell(…)

Rainbow PUSH welcomes DOJ investigation of CPD

Rainbow PUSH welcomes DOJ investigation of CPD

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rev. Jesse Jackson led a press conference Monday, at Rainbow PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., praising the move by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch an expansive investigation into the Chicago Police Department (CPD). U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday that the DOJ’s investigation will(…)

Vue53 opens leasing and new office

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Vue53 had a grand opening of their leasing office today, located at 1453 E. 53rd St. Though the apartment complex will not be completed until September 2016, Vue53 had a soft opening last Tuesday and began leasing to the public. Apartments range from 428 square foot studios to 804 square(…)

Uncertain future for Washington Park Vet Center

Uncertain future for Washington Park Vet Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Washington Park organization serving Chicago’s homeless veterans is facing closure after being hit by the city with 38 building code violations. The organization’s founders suspect that the city’s scrutiny was motivated by parties interested in obtaining property surrounding the likely location of the Obama Presidential Center. The Remake The(…)

Einstein grand opening

Einstein grand opening

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Einstein Bros. Bagels, 5230 S. Harper Ct., has been welcomed in the neighborhood warmly since it first opened last month. On Thursday, Dec. 10, the store will officially be a part of Hyde Park at its grand opening event. From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., guests will receive a 10(…)

Anti-violence group recruits involvement in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer This weekend, the group of mom activists from Englewood known as Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK) will gather in Hyde Park’s Bixler Park to promote summer neighborhood patrols. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, MASK will be in the park on 57th Street and Kenwood Avenue to recruit(…)

U. of C. professor co-authors book on mixed-income housing

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer University of Chicago (U. of C.) professor Robert Chaskin and Case Western Reserve University professor Mark Joseph kicked off the release of their new book, “Integrating The Inner City: The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation,” Thursday evening at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., with a(…)

Domino’s operations suspended by public health department

Domino’s operations suspended by public health department

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Domino’s at 1453 E. Hyde Park Blvd. has been temporarily closed by the Chicago Department of Public Health. The department placed a notice on the storefront’s door Tuesday that stated that the pizza restaurant’s license has been suspended. Representatives from the Chicago Department of Public Health declined to comment(…)

Teachers to vote yes or no on strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Dec. 9, teachers that are a part of the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) will vote on whether or not to authorize a teacher’s strike. The contract between CTU and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) expired this summer and teachers have been working without a contract for over 150 days. CTU(…)