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Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) still calling for $15 minimum wage

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) still calling for $15 minimum wage

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Will Burns (4th) both voted last Tuesday to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13, but Hairston said it should be higher. Tuesday’s 44-5 vote ensured Chicago’s $8.25 minimum wage will rise to $10 by July 2015 and 50 cents every year through 2019, when it(…)

Hyde Park Historical Society to host talk on artist Cyrus Leroy Baldridge

Hyde Park Historical Society to host talk on artist Cyrus Leroy Baldridge

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park resident Jay Mulberry will present the artwork of Cyrus Leroy Baldridge Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Hyde Park Historical Society. “I’ve been trying to open up a space for him to be recognized,” Mulberry said of the illustrator and oil painter. “He was very prominent but left(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference approves budget boosting program funds

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference approves budget boosting program funds

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) has approved its budget for the 2014-2015 year. The approximately $31,500 budget was approved at HP-K CC’s November meeting, which was attended by around 25 people, according to President George Rumsey. HP-K CC’s authorized expenses amount to roughly the same amount of money(…)

Hyde Park man charged in November shooting

Hyde Park man charged in November shooting

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A Hyde Park man is being held without bail after a shooting last month left one person dead. Paris Walker-Rush, 25, is being held without bail for violating his probation after a fatal shooting on Nov. 21. Walker-Rush was charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter and one felony(…)

The road from 55th Street to Hollywood

The road from 55th Street to Hollywood

From the July 21, 2004, special anniversary section of the Hyde Park Herald, pages 8 and 9. Bill Murray, John Candy, Joan Rivers, Martin Short, Jim and John Belushi, Gilda Radner — American comedians whom many of us have enjoyed through the years. And the root of their comedy is on 55th Street in the(…)

Hyde Park native Billy Jonas releases new album, reflects on success

Hyde Park native Billy Jonas releases new album, reflects on success

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer It shocked Billy Jonas to realize that his childhood dream of making “music anytime, anywhere, about anything, for anyone,” has come to pass. “I originally made my music for adults then the children of the adults began to like it,” said the musician. “Both can enjoy it on their(…)

Remembering Mike Nichols, the original Compass Player

Remembering Mike Nichols, the original Compass Player

Mike Nichols, satirist and director of “The Graduate,” died last week in his Manhattan home. His time in Hyde Park helped to shape Chicago’s theater scene as we know it today. Nichols came to Chicago in the 1950s after dropping out of New York University. Here he enrolled in a pre-med program at the University(…)

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce celebrates 75 years, local businesses honored

Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce celebrates 75 years, local businesses honored

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 75th anniversary at an annual dinner Thursday night at Congregation Rodfei Zedek, 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd. The event included a raffle of prizes donated by businesses all over Hyde Park. The night’s big winner, taking home a pair of $750 diamond(…)

Accolades for Kenwood, Ancona and Lab plus a Thanksgiving concert in school news

Accolades for Kenwood, Ancona and Lab plus a Thanksgiving concert in school news

Honorable mention for tennis playing senior at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Kenwood Academy student and tennis player Caitlyn Schaffer had a good athletic senior year. Schaffer won first place at Sectionals for the Kenwood Girls Tennis team and went on to compete in the Illinois High School Association’s Girls State Tennis Tournament Finals in(…)

Hyde Park opera singer to perform anthem at Bears game this Sunday

Hyde Park opera singer to perform anthem at Bears game this Sunday

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parker Wilbur Pauley will sing the national anthem at this Sunday’s Chicago Bears football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Lyric Opera bass singer’s Nov. 23 appearance at Soldier Field will be his third time singing the anthem for the Bears. A Hyde Park resident since 2005, Pauley(…)

Tellabration celebrating 18 years in Hyde Park this November

Tellabration celebrating 18 years in Hyde Park this November

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A neighborhood storytelling tradition, Tellabration, will return to Hyde Park later this month. An annual evening of simultaneous storytelling events that started in Connecticut in 1988, Tellebration programming has since taken place across the country and around the world. Hyde Park’s 18th annual production of Tellebration is scheduled to take(…)

17-year-old suspect charged in two sexual assaults along Hyde Park lakefront

17-year-old suspect charged in two sexual assaults along Hyde Park lakefront

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 17-year-old has been charged with assaulting two women on Hyde Park’s lakefront in the last week. Raekwon Franklin, 17, of the 3600 block of South Lake Park Avenue, has been charged with two felony counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and one misdemeanor count of Obstructing Identification. He is(…)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers eyeing storm-damaged lakefront path in Hyde Park

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers eyeing storm-damaged lakefront path in Hyde Park

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Halloween’s cold temperatures, high winds and hail were more than scary in Hyde Park. The harsh weather damaged the lakefront path from 47th to 52nd streets. Repairs are expected to be completed by the end of this week, said Jessica Maxey-Faulkner, spokesman for the Chicago Park District. Repairs around the(…)

Hyde Park School of Dance returning with “The Nutcracker” this December

Hyde Park School of Dance returning with “The Nutcracker” this December

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is hosting its annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” The event, which has been expanded to four performances, will include 175 dancers from four-year-olds to grandparents and more than 100 volunteers. HPSD’s performance of “The Nutcracker” is a 90-minute narrated production, staged(…)

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates coming to DuSable Museum this Thursday

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates coming to DuSable Museum this Thursday

In conjunction with its newest exhibition, “Spirits of the Passage: The Story of the Transatlantic Slave Trade,” the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Illinois Amistad Commission will present a discussion with Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor for The Atlantic and blogger for that publication’s website, where he writes about cultural, social and political(…)

Hyde Park painter staging comeback at local frame shop

Hyde Park painter staging comeback at local frame shop

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Last week, Hyde Park painter Xavier Zehir put on his first art show in years. Zehir’s show of 10 paintings, entitled “Angels,” opened Saturday, Nov. 1, at The Great Frame Up, 1418 E. 53rd St. It’s been six years since his last exhibition — also at the store — and(…)

First Unitarian Church to screen Kartemquin documentary on homeless youth

First Unitarian Church to screen Kartemquin documentary on homeless youth

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer First Unitarian Church will be screening a newly-released documentary on homeless youth by Chicago-based Kartemquin Films this Friday. The film, entitled “Homestretch,” will be shown at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at the church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Anita Holcomb, supervisor at Greater Grand Crossing homeless youth shelter Ujima(…)

Hyde Park Community Players to perform Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia”

Hyde Park Community Players to perform Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia”

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players will perform Tom Stoppard’s 1993 play “Arcadia” throughout the month of November. The play’s opening night will take place 8 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 8, followed by a 3 p.m. matinee the next day. The play will be performed four more times, with 8 p.m.(…)

Alderman Hairston talks voter raffles, guns and parks in the 5th Ward

Alderman Hairston talks voter raffles, guns and parks in the 5th Ward

Hairston investigated for Facebook post At her final monthly meeting of 2014 last Tuesday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) addressed questions surrounding a Facebook post inviting voters to enter a raffle with their voter receipts that prompted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s election fraud unit to open an investigation. The post was meant to encourage voting(…)

Kenwood Academy Broncos football team wins in season finale

Kenwood Academy Broncos football team wins in season finale

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer In their final game of the 2014 regular season, the Kenwood Broncos prevailed over conference rivals Chicago Bulls College Prep 12 to 6 on Friday night at Lane Tech Field. In the first quarter, the Broncos fell behind early after a five-yard touchdown run by running back No. 3 Durome(…)