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University’s Douglas did not justify TIF cash

To the Editor: I read, with interest, the letter of Derek Douglas, the University of Chicago’s vice president for Civic Engagement, in which he defended the $23.4 million dollar Tax Increment Financing (TIF) subsidy the university received for its Harper Court project. According to Mr. Douglas, the purpose of the Harper Court project was “to(…)

B&B article ignores Kenwood history

To the Editor: Lindsay Welbers’ Dec. 11, 2013 article regarding the desire of a commercial enterprise to develop two private homes in Kenwood solely for commercial — not residential owner-occupied —purposes, ignores certain salient facts regarding the prior history, and importance, of single-family, owner-occupied housing in homes originally designed for such purposes in Kenwood. First, from(…)

Don’t like B&Bs? Buy the homes yourself

To the Editor: If nearby residents are determined to keep the Blossom and McArthur homes from becoming B&Bs, let them pool their resources and buy the houses. Of course they would then be the proud owners of two derelict properties. Richard R. Gill

Rebuffing B&B offer shames history

To the Editor: Kenwood is justly proud of the magnificent homes that line its streets. With that in mind, I was saddened to read in the Herald of the controversy over two of its most important houses, Blossom and McArthur. My parents bought a house on Kimbark Avenue in 1950 for less than $20,000. Shortly(…)

Ald.’s aid steals mink

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer An assistant to Fifth Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston was arrested after allegedly stealing a mink coat belonging to a prominent South Side resident earlier this month. Chicago Police Department said Lynette Hill, 54, of the 2500 block of East 72nd Street, was charged with one felony count of theft of(…)

Murray wins food drive

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer For the third time in four years, Murray Elementary School has won The Chicago Bulls’ Holiday Food Drive. Each year, the Chicago Bulls partner with Midway Moving and Storage and Vienna Beef to collect non-perishable food items for the Greater Chicago Food Depository Holiday Food Drive. This year Murray,(…)

Police release warning on robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago oolice issued a community alert about an increase in strong-arm robberies in the area of 51st to 55th streets between south Ellis and Blackstone avenues in December. The offenders approach victims during school dismissal time and announce a robbery, CPD said. The offenders then take the victims’ property. The(…)

Changing of guard on Seminary Co-op board

Two members stepped down and another two joined the Seminary Co-op Bookstore’s board of directors at its Dec. 9 shareholders meeting. Chair Bill Gerstein and member Levi Stahl, publicity manager for the University of Chicago Press, both left the board. University of Chicago economist Austin Goolsbee and Joyce Feuer, owner of Joyce’s Event and Party(…)