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Ald. Hairston (5th) demands the public hear other police reform ordinances

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer Today, Oct. 5, City Council voted against Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) 39 to 8 in her bid to have an alternative police accountability ordinance to Civilian Office Police Accountability (COPA). The shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke prompted a public outcry for more(…)

President Obama to travel to Chicago

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer On Friday, Oct. 7, President Barack Obama will travel to Chicago to attend events for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Hillary Victory Fund, a fund for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. While in Chicago Obama will stay in his Kenwood residence overnight, according to a press release from the White(…)

Kenwood mom charged for badly beating her son

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer At approximately 10:50 a.m. on Oct. 2, a 7-year-old boy in a diaper was discovered by Chicago Police Officers running northbound in the southbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive. According to the Chicago Police Department, (CPD) the boy had multiple injuries to his face and body. He was then transported(…)

Photos from Hyde Parkers’ collection on display at the Smart

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then the new photo exhibit at the Smart Museum of Art entitled “There was a whole collection” is worth 255,000 words. The exhibit features 255 photos from the 830 photo collection of the late Hyde Park residents Lester and Betty Guttman. The photos(…)

“Concrete Traffic” exhibit returns to U. of C.

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer “Concrete Traffic,” the seminal sculpture by German Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell, will make its way home to the University of Chicago (U. of C.) from the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in a procession down Lake Shore Drive Friday, Sept. 30. The piece was commissioned by the MCA in the(…)

Trigger improv show tackles tough issues

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St., presented the opening night of their inaugural sketch comedy revue Trigger Saturday night, Oct. 1. Written and performed by a six member cast, directed by Cassie Ahiers, produced by John Stoop and featuring live jazz music from the Cam Cunningham Trio. According to the(…)

Fourth Ward candidates get election ready

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Candidates for the 4th Ward Alderman have a little over 50 days to get 473 signatures from the approximately 33,177 registered voters in the ward The first candidate forum was held on Sept. 22, and residents had the chance to meet some of the candidates for the first time, although(…)

Kenwood Brotherhood fundraiser

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 12 years, the Kenwood Academy of Brotherhood has been focusing on academic, personal, social and career achievement for male students attending Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. It’s a new school year, and so new students have the opportunity to get involved with the successful program. Dr.(…)

Bret Harte principal to receive fellowship second year in a row

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Bret Harte Elementary School Principal, Shenethe Parks, has been selected to participate in a professional development fellowship program by the Chicago Public Education Fund. Parks is one of 33 principals to be chosen for the program that is designed to support and retain top-performing Chicago Public School (CPS) principals. The(…)

MSI seeks to inspire future generations with Above and Beyond exhibit

By MEREDITH OGILVIE Staff Writer The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is commemorating a century of flight and aerospace exploration with a new exhibit that explores the past, present and future of space technology and air travel. This year, Boeing is celebrating 100 years of innovation with the 5,000 square foot exhibit, which opened(…)

Art fair committee seeks volunteers

The 57th Street Art Fair is seeking volunteers to join the Art Fair organizing committee. This hands-on committee will be hosting an information session on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. and a second session will take place on the same day at 7 p.m. Both sessions will take place at the Hyde Park Neighborhood(…)

Community meeting to discuss Nando’s Peri-Peri liquor license

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) will host a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 11, to discuss the possibility of a liquor license for a new restaurant on 53rd Street. Nando’s Peri-Peri is interested in moving in to the storefront at 1447 E. 53rd St., which was once occupied by Clarke’s Diner.(…)