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Jay Travis heading Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Bronzeville resident Jay Travis, who challenged state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) in the Democratic primary earlier this year, has signed on as coordinator for CTU President Karen Lewis’ mayoral exploratory committee. Travis, who began serving in the new role three weeks ago, says hundreds have reached out to volunteer. “We’ve(…)

USDA: Harold Washington Park birds likely killed by toxins

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Toxins in the water likely led to the deaths of more than a dozen birds at the model yacht basin at Harold Washington Park, according to a biologist from the USDA, which has been investigating the matter. The 18 mallard carcasses the USDA collected earlier this month were too degraded(…)

Police issue alert regarding burglaries

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Chicago Police Department issued a warning Wednesday about a string of burglaries in Hyde Park. In August and September the burglars entered through the rear of the building during the day. Burglaries were reported on the 5200 block of South Ingleside Avenue on the morning of August 25, the 900(…)

Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference annual meeting coming up

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) will host its annual meeting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, at Hyatt Place, 5225 S. Harper Ave. At least four board seats will be up for grabs in an election at the public meeting, according to HP-K CC(…)

Hyde Park Jazz Festival to return with more visiting musicians than ever

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is returning to the neighborhood later this month. The eighth annual festival, slated to take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28, will feature performances at 12 venues by 35 acts — including a growing number of musicians from outside Chicago. “We have(…)

Amid a struggle to recruit new members, Hyde Park Kiwanis vote to dissolve

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Kiwanis voted last week to disband after almost a century in the neighborhood. Eight of the group’s 18 dues-paying members met last Tuesday at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive, and voted to dissolve, according to group President Camille Hamilton-Doyle. She says the(…)

Cops warn of robberies on campus

Security Alert September 8, 2014 By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Both the University of Chicago Police Department and Chicago Police have issued warnings about armed robberies on campus. Chicago Police said the robbers would approach a victim on foot, display or imply that they had a handgun and demand the victim’s property. In two incidents(…)

Late Hyde Park labor activist Les Orear to be honored next week

The life and work of late Hyde Park resident and labor activist Leslie Orear will be remembered at a public event next week at Roosevelt University. “The Life and Times of Les Orear: A Presentation in Words, Song and Images of 103 Years of Working-Class Struggle and History,” will take place at 5 p.m. on(…)