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Jacksons sentenced

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Former Hyde Park Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced on Wednesday to 30 months in prison, after pleading guilty to misusing more than $750,000 in campaign funds. His wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), was sentenced to 12 months for filing a false tax return. Judge Amy Berman Jackson, unrelated(…)

Writer explores Prairie School’s Barry Byrne in new book

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Author Vincent Michael will return to Chicago, Sept. 17 to Sept. 21, to discuss and sign his book “The Architecture of Barry Byrne: Taking the Prairie School to Europe.” Byrne was a radical architect who was an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright and was inspired by Louis Sullivan. A(…)

U. of C. seeks to improve water

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago has named a new director for its water research initiative at the Institute for Molecular Engineering. Steven Sibener began serving his two-year term on July 1. The water initiative is new, only launching in June. The initiative is in collaboration with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev(…)

Vandervoort recognized for service

By ANDREW HOLZMAN Herald Intern The Jackson Park Advisory Council has awarded its first “Golden Lady Volunteer of the Year Award” to Hyde Parker Fran Vandervoort. In her case, though, it’s being called the “volunteer of the decades” award. Vandervoort has been volunteering for JPAC since 2004, when she returned to the parks after working(…)

HPHS stories program draws 70

The Hyde Park Historical Society’s annual stories event brought in over 70 participants this year. The event invites Hyde Parkers to share memories and sometimes mementos, and this year focused on the history and legacy of urban renewal. “Hyde Park Kenwood Stories” is a program of the society’s oral history committee, which conducts interviews with(…)

Hyde Parkers help you with dating

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer One Hyde Park couple recently launched their own business and they hope their efforts will strengthen the relationships of other couples. Datelivery is a subscription service that delivers a pre-planned date night to customers’ homes. The newlyweds run the business out of their home on the 5300 block of Greenwood(…)

“Globs, Goo and Guts!” at Blackstone — fun science

“Globs, Goo and Guts!” at Blackstone — fun science

By Yasmine Laasraoui Herald Intern On Thursday, children sat at the floors of the basement of the Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., intently listening to science educator Nicole Beaver, or “Miss Nicole,” speak about the systems of the human body. The free “Glob, Goo and Guts!” event at the library gave participants “a(…)

TV show chooses Hyde Park for season premier

TV show chooses Hyde Park for season premier

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The NBC television drama “Chicago Fire” filmed a portion of its season premiere in Hyde Park last week, blocking off streets and setting very controlled fires in two apartment buildings. The TV drama follows the story of firefighters and paramedics in Chicago. The 1300 block(…)