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Obama Foundation hones in on possible library architects

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Monday morning, The Barack Obama Foundation narrowed its search for a designer of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) down to seven architectural firms. In August, the Obama Foundation issued a Request for Qualifications to which 140 architectural firms responded. Since mid September, the foundation has been reviewing the field of(…)

Christmas Eve events in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The countdown to Christmas is in single digits, and if you haven’t made plans for Christmas Eve yet, two events in Hyde Park will get you in the holiday spirit. On Thursday, the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., holds its traditional Christmas service beginning at 4 p.m. Carols(…)

HPKCAC questions its future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council (HPKCAC) meets once a month to discuss area schools and the current issues. However, the council is having its own issues with attendance and commitment at their meetings. The council was created almost two years ago, and the eight HPKCAC members that were at(…)

La Rabida benefits from Michael Jordan settlement

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer La Rabida Children’s Hospital will receive a portion of the $8.9 million awarded to Michael Jordan this past summer when a jury ruled that a 2009 Dominick’s advertisement unlawfully used the legendary athlete’s name. Jordan announced on Tuesday, Dec. 15, that he would be donating the settlement money to 23(…)

Watch the debate with aldermen

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The third Democratic debate takes place this Saturday, Dec. 19 and Alds. Leslie Hairston (5th) and Roderick Sawyer (6th) are hosting a viewing party. The debate between Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley will begin at 7 p.m. The Aldermen’s debate viewing will be(…)

Man’s body pulled from Jackson Park Lagoon

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) Marine Unit pulled the body of an unidentified 20-30 year old man out of Jackson Park’s West Lagoon Saturday, Dec. 12. The corpse was recovered after law enforcement officials responded to a call from the 5800 block of S. Cornell Ave. at 9:30 a.m. that(…)

Incident of public indecency in Kenwood

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer After an unidentified man inappropriately exposed himself to a teenage girl on Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the 4700 block of S. Ellis Ave., 2nd District police issued a community alert to resident of Hyde Park and Kenwood. The incident took place at 9:40 a.m., Tuesday, as the teenager was walking(…)

State legislators call for expanded DOJ investigation

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (13th), state Rep. Christian Mitchell (26th) and the remaining 30 members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (ILBC) have called on the U.S. Department of Justice to expand the scope of its patterns and practices investigation of the Chicago Police Department (CPD). The ILBC penned a(…)

Teachers vote yes to authorize a strike

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After a three-day voting period across all Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) voted to authorize a strike if needed in the upcoming future. Ninety six percent of the CTU’s voting members voted “yes” to authorize a strike. Overall, 88 percent of the CTU membership voted in(…)

Holiday market at the Promontory this weekend

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Dozens of South Side food producers and crafters will gather at the Promontory Restaurant, 5311 S. Lake Park, this Sunday, Dec. 20, for the Holiday Edition of the Hyde Park Handmade Artisan Bazaar and Farmers Market. The event, which will take place from 11a.m.-4p.m. in the lounge on the Promontory’s(…)

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

A follow up meeting regarding the proposal for a boutique hotel on the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Hyatt, 5225 S. Harper Ave. Free parking is available in the Harper Court garage.

How Hyde Parkers shop

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park has a unique shopping scene with small-owned businesses and strategically revolving developments that make up its retail culture. The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce hosted an education seminar this afternoon to help local business owners understand the Hyde Park shopping experience. During the seminar, which took place at(…)

Chicago medical students stage protest, call for Emanuel’s resignation

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Thursday morning, medical students from the University of Chicago and Rush University as well as Chicago area nurses and physicians staged a “die-in” in Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., to protest the city’s police violence, which, demonstration organizers said, constitutes a public health crises. Medical students who participated(…)

Boutique hotel follow up meeting

A follow up meeting regarding the proposal for a boutique hotel on the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Hyatt, 5225 S. Harper Ave. Free parking will be available.

UCPD intruder workshop

The University of Chicago Police Department is hosting a workshop on how to deal with a violent intruder.  The workshop will take place from 11 a.m. – noon Monday, December 14 at the Harper Court offices, 5235 S. Harper Ave. At the conclusion of the workshop the UCPS will open the meeting up to address(…)

Aldermen confront community outrage at joint town hall meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A cohort of eleven aldermen including Ald. Will Burns (4th) and Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) faced the vehement criticism of their constituents last night at a joint town hall meeting held at Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 S. King Dr. WVON radio host Matt McGill moderated the evening’s discussion, which, at(…)