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Community alerts over local robberies

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department and the University of Chicago Police Department both issued community alerts over the weekend following a string of robberies around Hyde Park. In each of the five reported incidents, groups of three or four men approached victims, displayed a handgun and demanded the contents of the(…)

DuSable screening “’63 Boycott”

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The DuSable Museum of African American History will host a screening and discussion of the documentary “’63 Boycott,” Tuesday, Oct. 22, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the boycott against Chicago Public Schools (CPS) overcrowding. Gordon Quinn, director of the project, is still searching for past CPS students who(…)

Ald. Hairston seeks to avoid new high-rise bill

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) wants to exempt residential buildings from an ordinance that would require all very large buildings to make their energy consumption data public. The ordinance, which passed City Council last month, currently requires all buildings more than 50,000 square feet to publicly report their energy use data(…)

Vue53 developer gives update

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Jim Hansen, principal at Mesa Development, declined to comment on a lawsuit filed by four Hyde Parkers to stop construction of the 13-story tower Vue 53. Mesa Development was not named as a party on the lawsuit. “I think this is America. We have a process to adjudicate these things(…)

Auto break-in suspects apprehended

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department arrested two men in separate incidents relating to the string of vehicle break-ins in recent weeks in Hyde Park. One man was arrested on the 5400 block of Ridgewood Court and another arrested on the 4900 block of Greenwood Avenue on Oct. 2. Both(…)

Hyde Park parents criticize CPS’s 10-year plan

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Parents in Hyde Park who reviewed Chicago Public Schools (CPS) final version of its 10-year Educational Facilities Master Plan said their concerns were not addressed. In July CPS sent Todd Babbitz, chief transformation officer for CPS, to Hyde Park with its first draft of the Educational Facilities Master Plan.(…)

Mental health clinic to reopen

Mental health clinic to reopen

A mental health clinic in Woodlawn that was a flashpoint of local controversy when it closed will be reopened within 60 days, Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) said Saturday. Thresholds, a private mental health provider, will provide mental health services at the former Woodlawn Mental Health Center, 6337 S. Woodlawn Ave. The closure of the clinic(…)

Children’s Book Fair hosts Read for the Record

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Jumpstart Children First organization will be at the Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair on Sept. 22 to introduce the community to its Read for the Record Program. The Hyde Park Children’s Book Fair will take place from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, in Nichols Park at(…)