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Southside Alderman pleads not guilty to corruption charges

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) pleaded not guilty Friday, Dec. 23 to federal charges of wire fraud, bribery, and extortion. Prosecutors announced news of the indictment Wednesday, Dec. 14. The 20th Ward includes parts of the University of Chicago campus and Washington Park. The 15-count indictment alleges that Cochran used money(…)

Christmas at the Rockefeller

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The annual Christmas Eve service at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., welcomes the Christmas holiday tomorrow, Dec. 24. The traditional service features carols and a nativity tableau offered by children. The featured soloist for tomorrow’s service is Thomas Weisflog and the Decani, and the Rockefeller Children’s Choir. Organ(…)

U. of C. student robbed

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) student was robbed, Thursday evening. The student was walking southbound at approximately 6:48 p.m., on the 5400 block of South Ingleside Avenue, the student was approached from behind two unknown suspects. One suspect implied that he had a weapon and demanded the victim’s(…)

New funding will complete Lakefront Trail Separation Project

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A $12 million donation will fund the completion of the Lakefront Trail Separation Project. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District superintendent Michael P. Kelly along with Kenneth Griffin, who made the donation for the project made the announcement Wednesday, Dec. 21. Emanuel originally announced plans to separate the trail from(…)

Hyde Park Native debuts young adult novel

Hyde Park Native debuts young adult novel

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer Hyde Park native and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) graduate, Imani Josey is celebrating the release of her debut novel The Blazing Star. The Blazing Star is a young adult novel, and it follows 16-year-old African-American twin sisters, Portia and Alex on an adventure in which they teleport from Chicago to(…)

Santa visits La Rabida

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Santa Claus is making a personal visit to La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Dr., on Christmas Day to drop off gifts to patients. The a fire truck from Chicago Fire Department will be Santa’s sleigh, and will help drop off donated gifts to approximately 25 patients and their(…)

MAC Properties proposes development for 53rd and Cornell

MAC Properties proposes development for 53rd and Cornell

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At a community meeting last night, Dec. 20, MAC Property Management proposed a residential development to be built in Hyde Park at the northwest corner of 53rd Street and Cornell Avenue. The building, which MAC referred to as 1600 E. 53rd, would house 250 apartment units over 27 stories. It(…)

Fatal stabbing leaves one dead in Kenwood

By TONIA HILL Staff Writer A 58-year-old-man was stabbed to death in Kenwood Monday night, Dec. 19. The incident occurred at 7:37 p.m., on the 4300 block of South Ellis Avenue. According to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the victim sustained a stab wound to the chest during a domestic dispute. The man was transported(…)

CPAC to host holiday celebration in Cornell Park

 Staff Writer The Cornell Park Advisory Council (CPAC) is dedicating a day to make Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Ave., livelier. They will host a holiday celebration in the park on Thursday, Dec. 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be hot chocolate and deserts as well as a bonfire(…)

Future energy jobs bill

Two weeks ago I voted for passage of the Future Energy Jobs Bill.  The measure will put Illinois at the top of the list when it comes to energy efficiency programs and substantially increase the state’s investment in renewable sources of energy, like wind and solar.  Along the way, it will create tens of thousands(…)

Jackson Park Issues: When words have meaning, or don’t

To the Editor:  What? More transparency? Haven’t we been hearing that word a lot these days from a coterie of so-called Jackson Park supporters asking for more transparency from officials and community representatives involved in restoration of our lovely but somewhat run-down Jackson Park? This, despite numerous public meetings held over the past two years(…)

Questions about Jackson Park Golf Course

To the Editor:  Surprise! You no doubt know by now that our Mayor and his hand-picked Park District CEO Mike Kelly have announced a surprise holiday gift to us all – the pending establishment of a public/private partnership to raise $30 million to convert the existing Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses into a single(…)