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Poll shows support for placing Obama Library near Washington Park

Poll shows support for placing Obama Library near Washington Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A poll conducted by the Hyde Park Herald shows there is overwhelming support for placing the Barack Obama Presidential Library near Washington Park, but not in it. In an online, unscientific poll, 292 people voiced where they feel is the best place to site the library. The far and away(…)

Pair of pop-up shops come to Hyde Park

Pair of pop-up shops come to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Two new pop-up stores are coming to 53rd Street. Lively, an Oak Park-based running and athletic wear store for women, and Belle Up, a maternity store out of Beverly, will both open temporary second locations on 53rd Street. Lively will open April 1 for six months at 5421 S. Harper(…)

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 last 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(…)

With a mobile app, a U. of C. Booth graduate tries to change how local stores get feedback

With a mobile app, a U. of C. Booth graduate tries to change how local stores get feedback

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A newly graduated University of Chicago Booth student is hoping to change the way small businesses and their customers interact — including here in Hyde Park. Daniel Rezko, a childhood resident of Hyde Park and 2010 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the co-founder of Yella, a(…)

U.S. Army Corps restoration of Jackson Park shifts focus

U.S. Army Corps restoration of Jackson Park shifts focus

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With the removal of shrubs and trees complete, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) restoration of Jackson Park will turn its focus toward earthwork, construction and reintroducing native fish. Dundee, Ill.-based Applied Ecological Services was awarded last September with a contract to kick off the multimillion dollar restoration of(…)

Emanuel and Garcia spar at U. of C.-sponsored debate

Emanuel and Garcia spar at U. of C.-sponsored debate

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia squared off last Monday 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(…)

CPS suspension rates, men’s health and a community summit in school news

CPS suspension rates, men’s health and a community summit in school news

Suspension rates decline for some CPS students, according to a report from University of Chicago, 1313 E. 60th St. Suspension rates in Chicago Public Schools have declined significantly but still remain very high particularly among the system’s most vulnerable students, according to a new study by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research(…)

Lawsuit against U. of C.’s plans for Vue53 high-rise dismissed

Lawsuit against U. of C.’s plans for Vue53 high-rise dismissed

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The lawsuit filed to prevent construction of a 165-foot-tall building across from Nichols Park has been dismissed. A federal appellate court upheld a previous ruling in the county court dismissing the case against Vue53 because not every property owner was notified of the plaintiff’s intention to file a lawsuit, as(…)

Murray coach’s basketball fundraiser helps out former student’s family

Murray coach’s basketball fundraiser helps out former student’s family

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The “Doing It For Devin Classic” hosted by Murray Elementary School Coach Tony Alston to help Devin Lockett, a former Murray student and senior at Urban Prep Academy–West Campus, was a great success, said Alston. When Alston heard the news that Lockett, who played for the Murray’s basketball team(…)

Glass Slipper Project returns to Bronzeville to help students pick prom outfits

Glass Slipper Project returns to Bronzeville to help students pick prom outfits

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Glass Slipper Project is setting up shop in Bronzeville again this year for teen girls across the city whose families can’t afford high-priced dresses for prom. The Glass Slipper Project (GSP), which was founded by Hyde Park native Dorian Carter, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5(…)

Hyde Parker finds first-ever semiaquatic dinosaur fossil in Sahara Desert

Hyde Parker finds first-ever semiaquatic dinosaur fossil in Sahara Desert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer At 32-year-old University of Chicago paleontology research scholar Nizar Ibrahim isn’t sure how he is going to top the first major find of his career. Ibrahim presented the first semiaquatic dinosaur ever found to Hyde Park last Thursday at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St. He discovered the 50(…)

Ray getting room

Ray getting room

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Ray Elementary School was awarded the Lowes Toolbox grant. The school will use the $5,000 grant to build a family resource center, according to Ray Principal Meagan Thole. Members of the school’s Culture and Climate Committee met with parents and volunteers Saturday morning at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark, Ave.,(…)

Local tries, but Toni staying out of race

Local tries, but Toni staying out of race

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 next month’s runoff election for mayor. Prospects of the petition pushing Preckwinkle into the endorsement are slim, however. The petition, by Jack(…)

Study: Test scores not best measure of outcomes

Study: Test scores not best measure of outcomes

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Attendance and grade point average are the best indicators of whether middle school students will do well in high school and not standardized test scores, according to a report from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR). In the report, “Looking forward to High School and(…)

For Jay Travis supporters, the momentum of last year’s election continues

For Jay Travis supporters, the momentum of last year’s election continues

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new political action committee that grew out of Jay Travis’ primary bid last year for state representative is playing a role in this year’s municipal elections. Founded last December, People United for Action (PUA) has made its first ever political endorsements: mayoral candidate Jesus Chuy Garcia and 4th Ward(…)

Planning Commission to tackle Obama Library parkland transfer in March

Planning Commission to tackle Obama Library parkland transfer in March

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Next week the Chicago Planning Commission will take on the issue of transferring parkland for a presidential library. The commission will meet 11 a.m. Monday, March 9, in City Council Chambers, City Hall, second floor, 121 N. LaSalle St. The University of Chicago proposed using more than 20 acres of(…)

University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program gets new director

University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program gets new director

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Tanika Island has been named the new director of the University of Chicago’s Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP). Island’s recent promotion builds on a 14-year career at the Urban Education Institute, where she most recently served as chief academic officer of the UChicago Charter School and interim director(…)

Chicago Child Care Society gains support for efforts

Chicago Child Care Society gains support for efforts

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Chicago Child Care Society Preschool Center in Hyde Park is receiving recognition and rewards for its dedication to early childhood education. The Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) earned the Gold Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois. The organization has also been awarded $5,000 by the Staples Foundation.(…)

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(…)