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Raoul and Preckwinkle put youth justice in spotlight

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (13th) and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are setting their sights on juvenile justice reform. Two bills sponsored by Raoul passed the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday, Aug. 4. House Bill 3718 and Senate Bill 1560 will limit the number of young people committed to(…)

Campus organization’s claims raise UCPD questions

By Sam Rappaport Staff Writer In the current national climate surrounding campus police, the most remote events can have reverberations in Hyde Park. On July 19, an unarmed man was shot in the head by a University of Cincinnati police officer at a traffic stop outside of campus confines. The officer has since pleaded not(…)

Aldermen probe allegations of backlogged rape kits; could impact local case

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Alds. Edward M. Burke (14th) and Carrie Austin (34th) have asked the City of Chicago Committee on Finance to examine a state laboratory’s backlog of unprocessed rape kits involving sexual assaults in Chicago. A Hyde Park resident said she has reached out to the aldermen to make plans to rally(…)

Hyde Parkers bash Metra app

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Metra is trying to modernize its paper ticket purchase system, but some Hyde Park organizations believe the company is going about it the wrong way. On July 22, Metra held a board meeting to defend its idea for a free ticket app, where riders would download tickets onto their smartphones(…)

Oral history project returns to Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society invites the community to attend the Hyde Park-Kenwood Stories: An Oral History Program on Aug. 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Located at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Dr., the goal of the event is to invite people to share their memories about faith(…)

Hollywood takes over Hyde Park streets

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hollywood came to Hyde Park on Friday to film a scene of “Southside With You,” a movie about President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s first date. Ald. Will Burns (4th) notified residents and businesses on 53rd Street between Woodlawn Avenue and Kimbark Avenue, and all of Kimbark Avenue between Hyde(…)

Police critics take to street

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP), a student-led organization encouraging accountability and equitable policing practices in the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD), is canvassing through Hyde Park in the hopes of furthering its relationship with the community. The CEP was formed in 2013 after students from Dyett and Kenwood(…)

CPS budget hurts local schools

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jesse Ruiz, interim CEO for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), said in a press conference on Monday, July 13, that CPS would lose $106 million in funding from the state this year. The statement comes as Chicago schools are presented with individual budgets for fiscal year 2016. “We’re disappointed that Springfield(…)