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Alds. Hairston, Burns split on move to eliminate red-light cameras

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Park aldermen split on an effort to force a vote on an ordinance that would eliminate the city’s controversial red-light cameras by 2018. Introduced by Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) last October, the ordinance was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Public Way. Eight aldermen — including Leslie Hairston(…)

Former Kenwood Academy student injured by Virginia police

Former Kenwood Academy student injured by Virginia police

A 2012 graduate of Kenwood Academy High School was injured Wednesday night during an arrest by police in Charlottesville, Va. The incident occurred around 12:45 a.m., after Johnson, a 20-year-old University of Virginia student, was denied entry to a bar. Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents detained Johnson for questioning. “In the course of(…)

Workshop for women veterans coming to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Chicago-based non-profit Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) will host a workshop for women veterans this Wednesday. The event, part of a citywide series this month entitled “Woman Warrior Wednesdays,” will take place at 6 p.m. on March 18, at the Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd St. The aim(…)

An award nomination, photo contest and PAC talks in park news

JPAC nominated for new award The Chicago Parks Foundation and Park District have nominated the Jackson Park Advisory Council (JPAC) for their first-ever Park Advisory Council of the Year Award. The winner of the new distinction will be announced on Saturday, March 28 at the 2015 Park Advisory Council Conference at Truman College, 1145 W.(…)

U. of C. Institute of Politics names spring 2015 fellows

The University of Chicago Institute of Politics (IOP) will host eight fellows this spring. Since its January 2013 founding the IOP has hosted 44 fellows, who present public seminars and talks each quarter. Next quarter’s fellows are: CNN and ESPN columnist LZ Granderson, Chicago Sun-Times deputy editorial page editor Kate Grossman, “An Inconvenient Truth” director(…)

Rahm Emanuel and Chuy Garcia spar at first debate since election

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia squared off this evening in the first of three debates before the April 7 runoff election. The debate, co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy, was shown on NBC 5 and moderated(…)

Jackson Park Advisory Council holding youth photo competition

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council is holding a youth nature photography contest. The group is inviting children ages 10 to 18 to submit a camera or phone photo from any park or playground in Hyde Park and surrounding areas through April 10. The top three winners will receive cash prizes and(…)

Hairston campaign manager voices support for Garcia

Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) campaign manager Delmarie Cobb sent out an e-mail Wednesday afternoon voicing support of mayoral candidate Jesus Chuy Garcia. In a mass e-mail from her firm, The Publicity Works, entitled “Where’s The Real Rahm Emanuel,” Cobb slammed the mayor’s recent appearance on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.” “That Rahm Emanuel was arrogant, combative, rude(…)

Spruce Park on track to get advisory council

A meeting will take place next week to organize an advisory council for Spruce Park, 5337 S. Blackstone Ave. The purpose of the meeting, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. next Monday at the Nichols Park field house, 1355 E. 53rd St., will be to nominate officers and identify goals for the new advisory(…)

Hyde Park preservationist asks Preckwinkle to back Garcia

A member of the Hyde Park Historical Society and a leader in the city’s preservation community has shared an online petition asking Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to back Chuy Garcia in April’s runoff election. The petition, by Jack Spicer on change.org, is entitled “Endorse Chuy Garcia for Mayor of Chicago.” Spicer shared the petition(…)

South Side Shrimp closes in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Less than three years after opening a store in the Del Prado building, South Side Shrimp has closed. In the summer of 2012, Beverly resident Julia Moore opened her Mt. Greenwood-based restaurant’s second location in Hyde Park, 5319 S. Hyde Park Blvd., drawn by the area’s population density. But revenue couldn’t(…)

Alds. Leslie Hairston, Will Burns win landslide victories in 4th, 5th wards

Alds. Leslie Hairston, Will Burns win landslide victories in 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Both of Hyde Park’s incumbent aldermen enjoyed decisive victories in Tuesday’s election following campaign races against a diverse group of opponents. Fourth Ward Ald. Will Burns (4th) declared victory last night at a party at the Harper Court Hyatt, 5225 S. Harper Ave. The race for 4th Ward alderman heated(…)

Live Election Day 2015 coverage

Live Election Day 2015 coverage

11:18 p.m. Hyde Park aldermen Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) both won by a landslide in Tuesday’s election. As of posting time, Hairston won with 52.47 percent of the vote and all precincts reporting. Burns won with 55.44 percent of the vote and 97 percent of precincts reporting. That left both candidates with a winning(…)

Emanuel-linked super PAC spends thousands in support of Alds. Hairston, Burns

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Incumbent aldermen in the 4th and 5th wards are getting some help from a political action committee (PAC) with links to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, state records show. Super PAC Chicago Forward, headed by Emanuel appointee and former CPS Communications Officer Becky Carroll, bought more than $9,000 worth in political communications supporting Ald.(…)

Aldermanic and mayoral candidates make their case at Rainbow Push headquarters

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Three mayoral and more than a dozen aldermanic candidates — including three in local wards — made their case Saturday morning at the Rainbow Push headquarters, 930 E. 50th St. Fifth Ward candidates Leslie Hairston and Jedidiah Brown as well as 4th Ward candidate Norman Bolden spoke at a candidate’s(…)

President Obama, Mayor Emanuel visit Ald. Will Burns’ Hyde Park campaign office

Last Thursday President Barack Obama and Mayor Emanuel visited Ald. Will Burns’ campaign office, 900 E. 47th St. The visit came on the same day Obama announced the designation of the Pullman neighborhood as a national park alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Burns. “When you see see somebody who worked with you as a young(…)

Mayoral candidates, Garcia’s wife tackle education, city services at Hyde Park forum

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayoral candidates Bob Fioretti and William Walls and Chuy Garcia’s wife, Evelyn, attended an hour-long Tuesday forum at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive. The challengers and Garcia made their case on the heels of a fiery debate last Tuesday at DuSable Museum, 740 E. 56th Place. This time, the(…)

Burns campaign slams Bolden’s character in new website

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) campaign has launched a new website blasting challenger Norman Bolden on his personal and business dealings. The Thursday launch of therealnormanbolden.com — paid for by Friends of Will Burns – came just two days after Bolden asked Burns to make transparent his communications on the Obama Library,(…)

4th Ward has spent $155M on TIF projects, according to workshop co-hosted by Bolden campaign

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Investigative non-profit CivicLab hosted a presentation on TIF funds co-sponsored by 4th Ward aldermanic candidate Norman Bolden last Thursday. At the presentation next door to Bolden’s campaign office, at 1013 E. 43rd St., CivicLab leader Tom Tresser gave a breakdown of how the Tax Increment Finance (TIF) program spends money(…)