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Kwame Raoul awaits appeal after Illinois pension reform bill ruled unconstitutional

The Sangamon County Circuit Court ruled Friday that last year’s pension reform bill is unconstitutional. The ruling comes shy of a year since Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1 into law, controversial legislation that raised state employee retirement ages, cut employee contributions and tied pension benefit increases to inflation with the aim of saving(…)

House Ethics Committee to continue investigating Congressman Bobby Rush

The House Ethics Committee said Monday it will continue investigating alleged ethics violations by U.S. Rep Bobby Rush (D-1). Also Monday the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) released a July report concluding that Rush, who represents most of Hyde Park, has never paid for rent on his campaign office since he joined Congress. The 20(…)

All Hyde Park incumbents victorious in midterm elections

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer All of Hyde Park and South Kenwood’s incumbent politicians up for re-election yesterday – each of them Democrats – will keep their seats. State Reps. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and Christian Mitchell (D-26), as well as U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush (D-1) and Robin Kelly (D-2) all won in a landslide.(…)

Race for 26th Illinois House District in the home stretch

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With less than two hours left until polls close, state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) expressed confidence about his chances of being re-elected and said he was mostly concerned about the Illinois gubernatorial race. The race leading up to today has been a quieter and less contentious one than last March’s Democratic(…)

Trauma center protest comes amid University of Chicago’s biggest-ever fundraising drive

Trauma center protest comes amid University of Chicago’s biggest-ever fundraising drive

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Dozens of protesters marched Wednesday night to call on the University of Chicago to open a trauma center, yards away from its kick-off gala for the public phase of its $4.5 billion fundraising drive, Inquiry and Impact. Several organizations were represented at the march, including grassroots activist group Southsiders Together(…)

Indie director Will Adams and Hyde Parker Rich Nayer back with new film

Indie director Will Adams and Hyde Parker Rich Nayer back with new film

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker Rich Nayer has collaborated again with independent director Will Adams for a new film. Nayer is the co-executive producer for “Sex Ain’t Love,” Adams’ fifth film. Starring Aubrey Marquez and Tiffany Higginbotham, the film is a comedy focusing on the life of a poet, Zeke, who is juggling(…)

Jay Travis: Karen Lewis won’t run for mayor

Karen Lewis won’t be pursuing a bid for Chicago mayor, according to a statement released this afternoon by her mayoral exploratory committee coordinator, Jay Travis. “Karen Lewis has decided to not pursue a mayoral bid,” said Travis, who ran for 26th District state representative in last spring’s Democratic primary. The committee collected “tens of thousands(…)

Wok N Roll closed, moving

Chinese restaurant Wok N Roll, 1408 E. 53rd St., has closed and will be moving, according to new signage. “Sorry we are closed, new location coming soon,” reads a newly-posted sign at the store. The sign did not specify where the new restaurant would be and when it would open, and the restaurant had not(…)