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Challenger for 26th District makes a stand as a Republican

Challenger for 26th District makes a stand as a Republican

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer In a city dominated by Democrats, all eyes were on this year’s primary election. But state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) can’t claim victory just yet: this November he faces Republican challenger Coby Hakalir on the ballot. Oakland resident Hakalir, 36, is the vice president of Oak Brook-based Inland Home Mortgage(…)

Institute seeks to build leadership among Jewish professionals

Institute seeks to build leadership among Jewish professionals

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A locally founded Jewish nonprofit is in its third year of piloting a fellowship program. The Institute for the Next Jewish Future (INJF), founded in 2011, facilitates Jewish innovation by bringing together practice, ideas and education, according to the organization’s founder and president, Hyde Park resident Daniel Libenson. As(…)

Teen with Hyde Park ties writes book

Teen with Hyde Park ties writes book

By JESSICA KIM COHEN Herald Intern A 16-year-old who frequents Hyde Park recently released a self-published cookbook on Amazon, titled “A Year with Gianna.” Gianna West, a patient at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, 5721 S. Maryland Ave., has regularly traveled 45 minutes to Hyde Park from her family’s home in Chicago(…)

Local author publishes plays

Local author publishes plays

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Hyde Parker Charlotte Sere recently published “The Stakes: Three Plays of the Black Experience to Heal, to Train, to Entertain.” The first of the three plays, Sere said, centers on Victoria, “an idealistic African American social worker [who is] the target of workplace racism, sexual harassment and political machinations.” The(…)

Locals make TV show in Hyde Park

Locals make TV show in Hyde Park

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Hyde Park residents and husband and wife Irami and Bonnie Osei-Frimpong, founders of Another Chance Productions, are using several locations in Hyde Park to film their first pilot “Disciples.” “Disciples,” which is a political drama set in a Midwestern Protestant church, and centers around Michelle Lee, a young pastor struggling to find(…)

A local butterfly, long considered common, is center stage

A local butterfly, long considered common, is center stage

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One University of Chicago research team is spending its summer catching small butterflies in the neighborhood. Hyde Parkers might see Marcus Kronforst, a professor in the department of Ecology and Evolution, frantically swinging a butterfly net out on Midway Plaisance or in community gardens. The team is catching the white(…)

Local institutions joining forces for South Side museum campus

Local institutions joining forces for South Side museum campus

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer A group of cultural institutions on the South Side have launched a campaign to bring more tourists and local visitors here. Declaring August “Museum Month,” six South Side institutions — including the Museum of Science and Industry, DuSable Museum of African American History, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, Oriental(…)

City to share files on alleged police misconduct with local reporter, public

City to share files on alleged police misconduct with local reporter, public

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A local reporter has wrested an agreement by the city to make investigations into complaints against Chicago Police Department public. On July 11, the city said it would not pursue to appeal a March decision by the Illinois Appellate Court in Kalven v. City of Chicago to make public two(…)