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After Obama Library decision, South Siders continue to push for trauma center

After Obama Library decision, South Siders continue to push for trauma center

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though many applauded last week’s announcement that the Obama Library would be built on the South Side, local advocates are still focused on getting a trauma center. The same day the Obama Foundation announced it picked the University of Chicago’s bid for the library, activists for a South Side trauma(…)

University of Chicago nurses approve new contract

University of Chicago nurses approve new contract

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Union nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) have agreed to a new contract. The new contract with National Nurses United (NNU) — which was reached over three nights at the Friend Family Health Center, 800 E. 55th St. — stipulates that nurses will no longer work both(…)

Farmer’s markets returning to Hyde Park

Farmer’s markets returning to Hyde Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With warm weather on its way, two Hyde Park farmers markets are returning outdoors. Following a monthly schedule indoors this winter, the 61st Street Farmers Market will be held weekly outside Experimental Station, 6100 S. Dorchester Ave, beginning this Saturday, May 16. The market will be open 9 a.m. to(…)

Spruce Park advisory council elects first-ever officers

Spruce Park advisory council elects first-ever officers

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Spruce Park Advisory Council has elected its first officers. Around a dozen people came to the park advisory council’s (PAC) second-ever meeting last Monday, April 20, according to President Carol Moy. Along with Moy, the council elected a vice president, Joseph Bernstein; secretary, Mark A. Graham, and treasurer, I.V.(…)

K.A.M. lectures on conflict

K.A.M. lectures on conflict

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A weekend of lectures at K.A.M. Isaiah Israel will focus on the state and society of the Middle East from World War I to the present. K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will host a series of lectures and panels examining the history of modern day Syria, Yemen and Iran(…)

Chicago Hyde Park Village raising funds to thank a supporter

Chicago Hyde Park Village raising funds to thank a supporter

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Chicago Hyde Park Village volunteer, former Herald intern and University of Chicago (U. of C.) student Andrew Holzman has come up with an innovative way to make sure that the neighborhood senior services organization he helped establish continues on once he leaves Hyde Park. Holzman, who will be going(…)

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed for summer

Wooded Isle likely to remain closed for summer

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 improving its pathway. “All of the woody(…)

Civil rights activist Bayard Rustin to be honored Saturday

Civil rights activist Bayard Rustin to be honored Saturday

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A day-long event celebrating unsung Civil Rights hero Bayard Rustin will take place this weekend. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., there will be panels and a keynote address marking Rustin’s contributions to the movement. His partner, Walter Naegle, will serve(…)

Dumplings destined for 57th Street

Dumplings destined for 57th Street

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Star chef Mike Sheerin plans to open a dumpling restaurant on 57th Street. Sheerin, a veteran of Chicago restaurants Blackbird and Cicchetti, expects to open Packed at the old site of Edwardos, 1321 E. 57th St, in late summer. He said he and his business partner, Aaron DiMaria, signed the(…)

Chicago Board of Elections rejects pre-marked ballot claims

Chicago Board of Elections 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 filled in for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Sam Dreessen, who canvassed for Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and voted for him at Kozminski Elementary School, 936 E. 54th St., reported(…)

Annual event invites Hyde Parkers to smarten up on their finances

Annual event invites Hyde Parkers to smarten up on their finances

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, Museum of Science and Industry and the Blackstone Branch Chicago Public Library will host events in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago during the 14th annual Chicago Money Smart Week. During Chicago Money Smart Week, which will take place from April(…)

Hyde Park businesses brace for Vue53 construction

Hyde Park businesses brace for Vue53 construction

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer With construction on the 13-story, multiuse Vue53 expected to begin in the coming weeks, nearby business owners are concerned that it will lead to lost revenue. Sue Freehling, owner of Freehling Pot and Pan Co., 1365 E. 53rd St., is concerned. She expects her business to be more heavily affected(…)