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2015 candidate’s forums available online

Recordings of candidate’s forums from the 2015 election season are available online. Video recordings of candidate’s forums — including for local races — are available on the Chicago cable access network CAN TV’s website. The direct link to the page on the site with the video is cantv.org/watch-now/category/election-2015. Audio recordings of all 4th and 5th ward(…)

2015 Clarence Darrow symposium to focus on immigration, undocumented workers

The annual Darrow symposium, which will take place on the 78th anniversary of famed attorney Clarence Darrow’s death, will explore contemporary activism on the issues of undocumented laborers and immigration. This year’s symposium views the issues of undocumented laborers and immigration through the work of three advocates for the undocumented: Tania Unzueta Carrasco, an immigrant queer(…)

Kenwood Academy Brotherhood to host annual basketball fundraiser in March

The Kenwood Academy 5th Annual Brotherhood Basketball fundraiser will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 20. The Kenwood Brotherhood will play against the African American Firefighters and Paramedics League of Chicago during the tournament, which will take place in the upper gym at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. The tournament is(…)

For Jay Travis supporters, the momentum of last year’s election continues

For Jay Travis supporters, the momentum of last year’s election continues

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new political action committee that grew out of Jay Travis’ primary bid last year for state representative is playing a role in this year’s municipal elections. Founded last December, People United for Action (PUA) has made its first ever political endorsements: mayoral candidate Jesus Chuy Garcia and 4th Ward(…)

Planning Commission to tackle Obama Library parkland transfer in March

Planning Commission to tackle Obama Library parkland transfer in March

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Next week the Chicago Planning Commission will take on the issue of transferring parkland for a presidential library. The commission will meet 11 a.m. Monday, March 9, in City Council Chambers, City Hall, second floor, 121 N. LaSalle St. The University of Chicago proposed using more than 20 acres of(…)

University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program gets new director

University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program gets new director

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Tanika Island has been named the new director of the University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP). Island’s recent promotion builds on a 14-year career at the Urban Education Institute, where she most recently served as chief academic officer of the UChicago Charter School and interim director(…)

Chicago Child Care Society gains support for efforts

Chicago Child Care Society gains support for efforts

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Child Care Society Preschool Center in Hyde Park is receiving recognition and rewards for its dedication to early childhood education. The Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) earned the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois. The organization has also been awarded $5,000 by the Staples Foundation.(…)

The hustle before Election Day

The hustle before Election Day

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayoral and 4th Ward candidates were extra busy last week capturing votes, with early voting already underway and election day fast approaching. Below are some local highlights from the mayoral and 4th and 5th ward races. In the 4th Ward Ald. Will Burns and challenger Norman Bolden dominated the 4th(…)

Antheus may add hotel to Solstice tower project at 56th Street: developers

Antheus may add hotel to Solstice tower project at 56th Street: developers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writers Hyde Park could get another hotel. The 24-story Solstice on the Park building planned for 5540 S. Cornell Ave. could include a hotel as well as apartments, according to representatives of Antheus Capital. The group visited the Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting Monday night and hosted(…)

Incumbent aldermen dominate fundraising in races for 4th, 5th wards

Incumbent aldermen dominate fundraising in races for 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Aldermanic candidates have raised more than $300,000 in the race for the 4th and 5th wards, with incumbents raking in the vast majority of funds. Illinois State Board of Elections records reveal that in the time period since challengers have begun raising money, Alds. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) and Will Burns’(…)

Harper Theater sales double what was expected

Harper Theater sales double what was expected

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Harper Theater’s ticket sales are double what was expected when it first reopened its doors three years ago. In 2014 the theater sold 148,000 tickets, two times more than it expected to sell after its $13 million renovation. Theater owner Tony Fox said that he has no complaints, despite(…)

Jackie Robinson team member speaks out: “Chicago knows we’re champions”

Jackie Robinson team member speaks out: “Chicago knows we’re champions”

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School student Brandon Green, who is a member of the Jackie Robinson West Little League Baseball team, spoke out against the league’s decision to demote his team at a press conference Feb. 11 hosted by Rainbow Push. The Little League Baseball organization released a statement Thursday,(…)

Hairston deserves four more years

Even with a wide variety of alternatives to choose from, we are endorsing Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) for another four-year term. Hairston continues to manage a ward that extends across multiple neighborhoods with passion and commitment. While there are always Hyde Parkers to be found who say she spends too much time in South Shore(…)

The numbers behind Alderman Leslie Hairston’s relationship with MAC Properties

The numbers behind Alderman Leslie Hairston’s relationship with MAC Properties

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer MAC Property Management, Hyde Park’s second largest private property owner, has been at the center of several claims made by aldermanic candidates in the upcoming election. Fourth Ward candidate Norman Bolden was the first to invoke the company’s name at an aldermanic forum, saying at a Jan. 10 event sponsored(…)

Some advice for Will Burns

We anticipate a solid victory for Ald. Will Burns (4th). Although perennial challenger Norman Bolden seems to have finally made significant inroads into Hyde Park — as evidenced by a letter signed by numerous Hyde Park residents that appeared in last week’s Herald — he is still challenged organizationally and financially. That combination is lethal(…)

U. of C. police must divulge information

U. of C. police must divulge information

To the Editor: The University of Chicago is now operating with significantly expanded police powers and policing an area of the city far larger than its immediate campus. Because of this expansion, the Citizens Action Committee for Fair University of Chicago Policing is focusing attention on the public safety needs and interests of the larger(…)

Transit not part of local pols visions

To the Editor: In the upcoming aldermanic elections, Hyde Park candidates are branding themselves as “independent” and “progressive.” This conveys the idea that these candidates are standing up for the interests of their constituents above those of outside influences. However, the most important economic development issue in our ward is being ignored or actively undermined(…)

Hairston comes through for the little guy

To the Editor: Readers might benefit from this information when making their choice for alderman. We live in a co-op apartment building across from Regents Park. Unfortunately, we have been dealing with excessive noise from the new garage doors put in by the rental giant, in a move to eliminate their garage staff. Not only were(…)

Where’s Toni Preckwinkle?

To the Editor: Toni Preckwinkle has given us honest, progressive government in Cook County for the first time in living memory. If she’d stepped up she could have also given us honest, progressive government in the city of Chicago for the first time since Harold Washington died. If she’d run for mayor she would have(…)