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Five-year Wooded Isle closure only an option: contractor

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A contractor has the option to keep Wooded Isle closed for five years until Jackson Park is fully restored, but is seeking to reopen it earlier. The island was closed to pedestrians two weeks ago as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restoration of Jackson Park. The project(…)

Bill requiring more information from campus police passes Illinois House

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Illinois House on Friday passed HB 3932, legislation that would require private campus police to release the same information as municipal police. The bill — introduced in February by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) — passed unanimously. The bill was(…)

KOCO questions audit co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell

KOCO questions audit co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Conference (KOCO) said last Tuesday it was ready to comply with a state audit, but that it had questions about the political motivations at play. On April 17 the Illinois House unanimously passed HR 324, which calls for an audit of the group. The resolution —(…)

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed through fall: Park District

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed through fall: Park District

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Jackson Park’s Wooded Isle has been closed off to the public. The closure is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) multi-million dollar restoration of native habitats in Jackson Park, which includes grading of the island’s shoreline, creating new outlooks and replacing its pathway. “All of the woody(…)

Army Corps seeking input on new Jackson Harbor project by tomorrow

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public input on a proposed groin at the entrance of Jackson Harbor. The public has until Friday, April 17 to comment on the 1,000-foot groin – 300 feet of steel and 700 feet of stone – designed to prevent sediment from accumulating in the harbor. The new structure will(…)

Election Board rejects pre-marked ballot claims

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago Board of Elections has dismissed claims of pre-marked ballots at the polls after a Hyde Park voter said he received one for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Sam Dreessen, who canvassed for Chuy Garcia and voted for him at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St., reported the incident on Facebook Tuesday morning. “I(…)

Hyde Parkers to remember Andrew Patner at Thursday discussion

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society (HPHS) will host a panel discussion this Thursday in memory of acclaimed classical music broadcaster and critic Andrew Patner, who grew up here. The April 9 discussion, entitled “Andrew Patner: Hyde Park Memories,” will take place 7 p.m. at the Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston, state Rep. Christian Mitchell split on mayoral endorsements

Alderman Leslie Hairston, state Rep. Christian Mitchell split on mayoral endorsements

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Two Hyde Park politicians split on mayoral endorsements this week. State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) came out in support of incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) backed opponent Jesus Chuy Garcia. Hairston’s campaign announced her support for Garcia in a brief e-mail Wednesday night, followed by a(…)