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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(…)

Trauma advocacy program at Hyde Park Union Church receives part of $2M grant

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago’s Citizens for Change program, which is located at Hyde Park Union Church, received part of a $2 million grant awarded to the Chicago Department of Public Health to help families dealing with youth violence. Susan Johnson resigned from her role as pastor at the church to do(…)

Chicago Park District approves Obama Library land transfer

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Park District Board voted unanimously Wednesday to transfer 20 acres of land from either Jackson or Washington Park if Barack Obama chooses either place for his presidential library. The University of Chicago proposed using more than 20 acres from either park as a location for the Barack Obama(…)

Mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia weighs in on Hyde Park issues

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayoral candidate Jesus Chuy Garcia is trying to woo voters across the city disappointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, including in Hyde Park. The Cook County commissioner’s take on the neighborhood — including an emphasis of the impacts of gentrification and opposition to using parkland for the Obama Library — has(…)

Review: “White Guy on the Bus”

RECOMMENDED Where: Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie When: through Feb. 28 Tickets: $25-$78 Phone: 847-673-6300 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic Think of Bruce Graham’s “White Guy on the Bus” as a parable about racism and revenge rather than as a realistic social drama, and you’re more likely(…)

University of Chicago renames dorm after $44M donation from Kenwood resident’s estate

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago recently renamed its South Campus Residence Hall after former Kenwood-resident Renee Granville-Grossman. The residence hall, 6031 S. Ellis Ave., was renamed the Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons. The hall, opened in 2009, is a 331,193-square-foot dormitory that houses 800 students. It is the largest housing complex on(…)

Murray Elementary students shine in school’s first National Geographic Bee

Murray Elementary School students Robert Nellis, 7th grade, Ryan Nellis, 5th grade and Stanley Cannon, 5th grade were the winners of the school’s first National Geographic Bee. National Geographic designed the contest to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject and increase public awareness about geography. During the(…)

South East Chicago Commission awarding grants to community organizations

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer After a two-year hiatus the South East Chicago Commission and the University of Chicago will be awarding grants to neighborhood organizations. The 2015 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program was suspended after 2013, but has been awarded since 1999. The program offers funds to neighborhood schools, religious congregations, community organizations, park advisory(…)

Hyde Parkers seeking grant for new sign in Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) will seek a grant from the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) to pay for a new sign highlighting the park. JPAC will apply for funds from the SECC’s Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Program for the new sign, which would be at the 5800 block of(…)

Youth treated to “Selma” showing

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago partnered with After School Matters (ASM) last week to send 1000 students to see the Civil Rights film “Selma.” ASM, a non-profit that funds programs offering activities to Chicago students outside of school hours, and the U. of C.’s office of Civic Engagement, gave the tickets(…)