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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(…)

New DuSable Museum exhibit explores history of Chicago jazz collective

“Free At First: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians,” will open on Jan. 19 at DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl. The exhibit, which explores how artists and avant-garde jazz musicians came together during the golden era and the founding of the Association for the(…)

New law sponsored by state Sen. Kwame Raoul takes aim at Jon Burge

New law sponsored by state Sen. Kwame Raoul takes aim at Jon Burge

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A new law would give the state greater recourse to deny pensions to employees who have been convicted of a felony related to their jobs. The law, sponsored by Hyde Park’s state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) came after an Illinois pension board allowed convicted former Chicago police commander Jon Burge(…)

DuSable Museum festivities to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

DuSable Museum festivities to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

The DuSable Museum of African American History will celebrate “The Drum Major for Justice” during a full day of activities honoring the late civil rights leader and Noble Peace Prize-winner Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 19. The theme for the 2015 MLK Day Celebration at DuSable, 740 East 56th Pl., is “Reflecting(…)

Veteran campaigner Norman Bolden seeks to unseat Alderman Will Burns

Veteran campaigner Norman Bolden seeks to unseat Alderman Will Burns

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Entrepreneur Norman Bolden is running again for 4th Ward Alderman. Bolden, who will appear on next February’s ballot, challenged former 4th Ward alderman Toni Preckwinkle in 2003 and 2007 and ran against Ald. Will Burns (4th) in 2011. He is the owner of Norman’s Bistro, 1001 E. 43rd St., and(…)

U. of C. Medical Center seeking to move and expand ER

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center wants to spend $36 million upgrading and relocating its adult emergency room. Last month UCMC applied to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to put an emergency department next to its Center for Care and Discovery, 5700 S. Ellis Ave. In 2013(…)

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. to deliver keynote MLK address at University of Chicago

Longtime civil rights leader Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. will deliver the keynote address at the University of Chicago’s 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. Jackson worked with King during the 1960s directing Operation Breadbasket, a program committed to(…)

Parks were big part of 2014 scene

Parks were big part of 2014 scene

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL and LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writers No little plans were made for the neighborhood’s parks this year, least of all for Jackson Park, which was the focus of attention from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, advocacy groups, wealthy donors and community residents. Jackson Park gets restored — and then some Last January,(…)

Pols in spotlight on local 2014 events

Pols in spotlight on local 2014 events

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer From pensions to the minimum wage and aldermanic menu money, to a contentious race for state representative, politics were inescapable in Hyde Park in 2014. Mitchell vs. Travis The year kicked off with a heated primary race between state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) and Bronzeville activist Jay Travis, former executive(…)