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Emanuel moves to secure park land for Obama Library

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel will introduce an ordinance to the full City Council that would transfer ownership of the two parks proposed for the Obama Library from the Park District to the City. The mayor’s office confirmed that he will introduce the ordinance at Wednesday’s meeting. The Park District council will look at(…)

Hyde Parkers seeking to form advisory council for Cornell Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A park advisory council (PAC) may soon form for Cornell Park, 5473 S. Cornell Ave. A group of around 16 community members plus Ald. Hairston (5th) and two of her assistants attended a Jan. 5 meeting at the Chicago Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., to draft bylaws and an(…)

Harold Washington Park Advisory Council plans park rededication day

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council’s first official meeting focused on evolving plans for a spring celebration in the park. Seven people attended the meeting last Monday at the Del Prado, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd., including Jackson Park Advisory Council President Louise McCurry, Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Parks Committee(…)

War of words over Obama library sites in Washington, Jackson parks

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Officials and citizens from across the city spoke out last week in favor of, or in opposition to, using public parkland as a home for the Obama presidential library. The University of Chicago pitched using 21 acres of parkland on the west side of Jackson Park from 59th to 64th(…)

U. of C. Medical Center withdraws plans to expand ER

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Medical Center shelved its plans to build a $36 million adult emergency room. Late Friday afternoon university officials released a statement saying they were pulling the application filed with the Illinois Health Services Review Board in December. The now-abandoned plan would have moved the adult emergency(…)

Former Gov. Quinn signs Barbara Flynn Currie’s bill for 2016 comptroller election

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation this past weekend approving a special election for Illinois comptroller in November 2016. The bill, sponsored in the House by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25), passed in a special session last Thursday in both chambers of the General Assembly. The Senate voted 37-15 and the House voted(…)