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CDOT proposes sweeping changes to 55th Street

CDOT proposes sweeping changes to 55th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Around 35 people attended a presentation last Thursday by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) to discuss potential changes to 55th Street. CDOT project director Janet Attarian presented a rough draft of a master plan for 55th Street at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., based on community suggestions(…)

Unitarians to celebrate 150 years since end of slavery

Unitarians to celebrate 150 years since end of slavery

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The First Unitarian Church of Chicago will host its annual pageant to celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation on Saturday. The church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., has held the pageant since 1994. It includes dramatic readings, re-enactments and a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, the 1863 declaration that granted freedom to(…)

Lecture series at Blackstone Library to explore what inspires authors

Lecture series at Blackstone Library to explore what inspires authors

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Friends of Blackstone Library will kick off its 2015 Despres Family Memorial Lecture Series this evening. The series’ first event, entitled “On Sight and Insight,” will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave. It will feature a conversation between James(…)

Political newcomer Tracey Bey takes a shot at 4th Ward alderman seat

Political newcomer Tracey Bey takes a shot at 4th Ward alderman seat

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer First-time candidate Tracey Bey has thrown her hat in the ring for 4th Ward alderman. Bey, a Bronzeville resident who grew up in Hyde Park and attended Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., will face Ald. Will Burns (4th) and fourth-time contender and entrepreneur Norman Bolden in next(…)

Kenwood Broncos basketball team trounces Red-Central game

Kenwood Broncos basketball team trounces Red-Central game

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The No. 8-ranked Kenwood Broncos hosted neighborhood rivals Hyde Park Academy on Wednesday night in a Red Central basketball conference showdown that would feature some of the top-ranked players in the city. “It’s good to see a neighborhood rival renewed,” said Stephen Williams, starting point guard of the Kenwood Broncos.(…)

Kenwood Broncos basketball team defeats King College Prep Jaguars

Kenwood Broncos basketball team defeats King College Prep Jaguars

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer   On Friday night at Kenwood Academy, basketball fans flooded the gymnasium to see one of Chicago Public League’s epic match-ups of the season: the Kenwood Broncos vs. the King Jaguars. With both programs on the rise, few could predict a winner in a game that featured some of the(…)

U. of C. defends Obama Library proposal at Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting

U. of C. defends Obama Library proposal at Jackson Park Advisory Council meeting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago included Washington and Jackson parks in its bid to host the Obama Library to present the first couple with a more attractive option than land the school already owns. University of Chicago (U. of C.) Vice President for Civic Engagement Derek Douglas defended the proposal to(…)

After 55 years on 57th Street, a shoe repair shop prepares to close

After 55 years on 57th Street, a shoe repair shop prepares to close

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer After more than half a century in the neighborhood, Hyde Park Shoe Rebuilder, 1451 E. 57th St., will close later this month. Owner Constandinos “Gus” Lukis, who throughout the years could be found sitting on the concrete stump outside his store, has been diagnosed with Alzheimers, according to his son(…)

Parents United for Responsible Education staging a comeback?

Parents United for Responsible Education staging a comeback?

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Steve Ross has been named the acting director of Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE). He succeeds founding director Julie Woestehoff, who retired last year. In September, Woestehoff, who had been executive director of PURE since 1995, released an announcement on the organization’s website pureparents.org stating that she was(…)

Alderman Will Burns, Anne Marie Miles open campaign offices in Hyde Park

Alderman Will Burns, Anne Marie Miles open campaign offices in Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Two local aldermanic candidates opened Hyde Park campaign offices Sunday afternoon. Both Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Anne Marie Miles, who is challenging Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), hosted meet and greets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m that day. Burns’ new office is at 900 E. 47th St. — once(…)

Logan Center to screen film on Chicago school closures

Logan Center to screen film on Chicago school closures

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The School Project is hosting the second of its six-part screening series on education issues in Chicago at the University of Chicago Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts’ performance hall on Jan. 22. The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research will also release a new(…)

IVI-IPO endorses Alds. Will Burns and Leslie Hairston for 4th, 5th wards

IVI-IPO endorses Alds. Will Burns and Leslie Hairston for 4th, 5th wards

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO) endorsed both 4th and 5th ward incumbents for alderman on Sunday. The IVI-IPO endorsed Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) at an evening endorsement session at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., where select candidates presented and were(…)

Black Creativity on display at Museum of Science and Industry

Black Creativity on display at Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, will kick off its annual Black Creativity program with a family day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This annual program highlights the contributions African Americans have made to scientific and creative fields in order to inspire youth to take an interest in science(…)

Chicago Bulls’ $10K grant to La Rabida will aid sick kids

Chicago Bulls’ $10K grant to La Rabida will aid sick kids

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer La Rabida recently received a $10,000 grant from the Chicago Bulls to help care for seriously sick kids. La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S. Promontory Dr., will use the grant for Premier Kids, a medical home program for children with special needs up to 6 years old. Premier Kids offers(…)

New law sponsored by state Sen. Kwame Raoul takes aim at Jon Burge

New law sponsored by state Sen. Kwame Raoul takes aim at Jon Burge

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A new law would give the state greater recourse to deny pensions to employees who have been convicted of a felony related to their jobs. The law, sponsored by Hyde Park’s state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) came after an Illinois pension board allowed convicted former Chicago police commander Jon Burge(…)

State Sen. Kwame Raoul seeks to merge state comptroller, treasurer offices

State Sen. Kwame Raoul seeks to merge state comptroller, treasurer offices

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer State Sen. Kawme Raoul (D-13) plans åçto reintroduce legislation that would merge the state comptroller and treasurer offices. If passed, the public would need to amend the Illinois constitution by voting on the 2016 November ballot. Voters would be asked whether or not they agree with changing the state constitution(…)

DuSable Museum festivities to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

DuSable Museum festivities to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

The DuSable Museum of African American History will celebrate “The Drum Major for Justice” during a full day of activities honoring the late civil rights leader and Noble Peace Prize-winner Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 19. The theme for the 2015 MLK Day Celebration at DuSable, 740 East 56th Pl., is “Reflecting(…)

U. of C. officials address diversity after students make demands

U. of C. officials address diversity after students make demands

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer University president and provost Robert Zimmer and Eric Isaacs released a joint letter earlier this month regarding diversity on campus. The letter came after student demand for a study and changes regarding racial and cultural diversity, as well as sexual assault and violence on campus. In response to student and(…)

Locals blast CPS plans for Dyett High School

Locals blast CPS plans for Dyett High School

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) Friday for a new high school in the current Dyett High School building. The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School said the type of school CPS is seeking to put in place is not the right fit for the(…)