About Jerald Smith

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Why I am a candidate

By Norman H. Bolden I was born and raised in the neighborhoods of the 4th Ward. I believe wholeheartedly in the right of all families in the ward to live, work and retire with dignity and fairness. This is why I am running for alderman of the 4th Ward. My father moved to this community(…)

Chicago needs to work harder for Obama Library

Editor’s note: The following letter was e-mailed to Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th). Dear Alderman Hairston, Much of the South Side of Chicago looks like Hamburg, or whatever major German city you prefer, circa 1946, after the worst of the rubble was cleared. These areas are in dire need of development and reconstruction, yet the University of(…)

We’re still fighting Vue53

To the Editor: In your Jan. 7 article about Norman Bolden’s candidacy, there was a statement (not by Mr. Bolden) that the lawsuit brought by neighborhood residents challenging the re-zoning for the university’s Vue53 project — a proposed 13-story high-rise to be built across from Nichols Park — “was later dismissed.” No mention was made(…)

Black Creativity on display at Museum of Science and Industry

Black Creativity on display at Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, will kick off its annual Black Creativity program with a family day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This annual program highlights the contributions African Americans have made to scientific and creative fields in order to inspire youth to take an interest in science(…)

IVI-IPO endorses Alds. Will Burns and Leslie Hairston for 4th, 5th wards

IVI-IPO endorses Alds. Will Burns and Leslie Hairston for 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) endorsed both 4th and 5th ward incumbents for alderman on Sunday. The IVI-IPO endorsed Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) at an evening endorsement session at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., where select candidates presented and were(…)

Logan Center to screen film on Chicago school closures

Logan Center to screen film on Chicago school closures

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The School Project is hosting the second of its six-part screening series on education issues in Chicago at the University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts’ performance hall on Jan. 22. The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research will also release a new(…)

Alderman Will Burns, Anne Marie Miles open campaign offices in Hyde Park

Alderman Will Burns, Anne Marie Miles open campaign offices in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Two local aldermanic candidates opened Hyde Park campaign offices Sunday afternoon. Both Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Anne Marie Miles, who is challenging Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), hosted meet and greets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m that day. Burns’ new office is at 900 E. 47th St. — once(…)

Parents United for Responsible Education staging a comeback?

Parents United for Responsible Education staging a comeback?

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Steve Ross has been named the acting director of Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE). He succeeds founding director Julie Woestehoff, who retired last year. In September, Woestehoff, who had been executive director of PURE since 1995, released an announcement on the organization’s website pureparents.org stating that she was(…)

Former Gov. Quinn signs Barbara Flynn Currie’s bill for 2016 comptroller election

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation this past weekend approving a special election for Illinois comptroller in November 2016. The bill, sponsored in the House by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25), passed in a special session last Thursday in both chambers of the General Assembly. The Senate voted 37-15 and the House voted(…)

U. of C. Medical Center withdraws plans to expand ER

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center shelved its plans to build a $36 million adult emergency room. Late Friday afternoon university officials released a statement saying they were pulling the application filed with the Illinois Health Services Review Board in December. The now-abandoned plan would have moved the adult emergency(…)

War of words over Obama library sites in Washington, Jackson parks

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Officials and citizens from across the city spoke out last week in favor of, or in opposition to, using public parkland as a home for the Obama presidential library. The University of Chicago pitched using 21 acres of parkland on the west side of Jackson Park from 59th to 64th(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council plans park rededication day

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council’s first official meeting focused on evolving plans for a spring celebration in the park. Seven people attended the meeting last Monday at the Del Prado, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd., including Jackson Park Advisory Council President Louise McCurry, Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Parks Committee(…)

Part Eleven: A villa becomes a village — Drexel Boulevard, 47th to 51st streets

Part Eleven: A villa becomes a village — Drexel Boulevard, 47th to 51st streets

Editor’s note: The series has completed a look at the development of the major intersections along Lake Park Avenue, and turned to stories of interest within the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities. The articles are all of varying topics, but relate to the residences that currently or in the past have defined the urban fabric.(…)

U. of C. unfazed by reports that Chicago Obama library bid in jeopardy

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago released a statement last Wednesday after an unnamed source told news outlets that Chicago’s bids for the Obama Presidential Library could be on the chopping block. “The University of Chicago is leading a strong, collaborative South Side bid designed to create exciting opportunities for the Barack(…)

Gov. Pat Quinn signs Sen. Kwame Raoul’s police recording bill into law

Gov. Pat Quinn signs Sen. Kwame Raoul’s police recording bill into law

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Legislation allowing public recording, including of police officers performing their duty, was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn last week. State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) led the committee that drafted the legislation. Earlier this year the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s previous eavesdropping law because it was(…)

University of Chicago Crime Lab expands to New York City

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Crime Lab will extend its reach to New York City. Crime Lab New York will provide policymakers with objective, scientific evidence to help reduce crime and violence and the toll the criminal justice system takes. Chicago’s Crime Lab helps build evidence-based analysis of policies to address(…)

Chicago Bulls’ $10K grant to La Rabida will aid sick kids

Chicago Bulls’ $10K grant to La Rabida will aid sick kids

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer La Rabida recently received a $10,000 grant from the Chicago Bulls to help care for seriously sick kids. La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Dr., will use the grant for Premier Kids, a medical home program for children with special needs up to 6 years old. Premier Kids offers(…)

State Sen. Kwame Raoul seeks to merge state comptroller, treasurer offices

State Sen. Kwame Raoul seeks to merge state comptroller, treasurer offices

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer State Sen. Kawme Raoul (D-13) plans åçto reintroduce legislation that would merge the state comptroller and treasurer offices. If passed, the public would need to amend the Illinois constitution by voting on the 2016 November ballot. Voters would be asked whether or not they agree with changing the state constitution(…)

Diversity in focus at upcoming forum for 4th and 5th Ward aldermanic candidates

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Coalition for Equitable Community Development (CECD) will host an aldermanic forum for 4th and 5th ward candidates this weekend. The forum, which will focus on keeping Hyde Park’s racial and economic diversity, will take place on the day of CECD’s annual meeting, from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday,(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society names 2015 award winners

Hyde Park Historical Society names 2015 award winners

The Hyde Park Historical Society announced last week the 2015 recipients of its two major awards. Neil Harris will receive the Paul Cornell Award for his work in education about local history. The society’s announcement about the awards notes that Harris “has spent much of his academic career recording Hyde Park and Chicago’s history, making(…)