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Abner Mikva, 90

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Longtime Hyde Park resident and former local politician Abner Mikva passed away on Monday, July 4, at the age of 90. Mikva’s Hyde Park legacy began when he started as a student at the University of Chicago Law School in 1948. It was when he was living in Hyde Park(…)

Advisory council leaders to be chosen at next Bixler meeting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An election for Bixler Park Advisory Council’s officers will be held next Monday, July 11, at 6 p.m., inside the Midway Plaisance Fieldhouse, 1130 Midway Plaisance. The meeting will mark the first official assembly of the newly emerging advisory council. All community residents are invited to attend and fill out(…)

Book release at the Hyde Park Art Center

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Artist Alice Hargrave discusses her work and releases her new book Paradise Wavering next Thursday, July 14 at the Hyde Park Art Center. Hargrave, a Chicago artist and educator, currently has an exhibit on display in the Art Center, also titled “Paradise Wavering”, running from May 1 to July 24.(…)

Abner Mikva, 90

Abner Mikva Hyde Park native, federal judge, lawyer, law professor, died Monday, July 4, he was 90. Mikva, who was once a University of Chicago Law School professor, was a U.S. State Rep. serving the 2nd congressional district from 1969-1973 and the 10th congressional district from 1975-1979. He was then appointed Chief Judge of the(…)

Raoul and Johnson want harsher sentencing for repeat gun offenders

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-13) is partnering with Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to develop legislation that aims to impose harsher sentences for repeat gun offenders. The legislation will propose guidelines that strive to keep repeat offenders from returning to the streets before an adequate amount of time is served. “Repeat(…)

CIE to host summer lectures

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern The Center for Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd St., will host a series of lectures on banking practices and its local impact, especially on the South Side of Chicago, this month and next. The events include Impact Banking and Implications for the Next Generation, July 8, 3 p.m. to 5(…)

Hyde Park Art Center shows French shorts

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Three French short films will be shown as a series at the Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) on July 7 to preview a larger film program coming later in the month. Presented by the Institut Français and the Cultural Service at the French Consulate in Chicago, the three short films(…)

Sunday night jazz at Room 43

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Jazz Society will host a Sunday Evening Jazz event this Sunday, July 3, at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd St. The evening starts at 7:30 p.m. and the jazz music lasts until 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students. Trumpet player Marquis Hill will be(…)

Harper Square to host annual yard sale next Saturday

Herald Intern Harper Square Cooperative, a mixed-income housing community at 4800-4850 S. Lake Park Ave., will hold its annual Yard Sale on Saturday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twenty-five families will sell items including art, books, electronics, clothing, shoes, jewelry, and kitchenware in the square’s courtyard. According to resident(…)

Hyde Park rental prices reach new high

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As new development projects continue to roll through Hyde Park, some neighborhood tenants are experiencing skyrocketing rental prices. J.L. Jordan III, a Hyde Park resident and realtor who has worked in the community for over six years, said that rental prices have surged over the past few years. “In the(…)

Revival show brings in all-female improv group

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Friday, July 1, The Revival, 1160 E. 55th St., will host the all-female sketch and improv comedy troupe, EbonyEssenceJet. The event starts at 8 p.m. and is $10 ($5 for students). EbonyEssenceJet is a Chicago-based female group featuring four African American women who light up comedy stages with witty(…)

Illinois’ budget standoff must be resolved

Editor’s note: Approximately 65 Illinois daily and weekly newspapers are running editorials today through the beginning of July, many on their front pages, on the need for an end to the state budget standoff. The State Journal-Register editorial board shared this editorial and urged other newspapers to weigh in on the need for a resolution(…)

Chosen Few brings two days of house music to Jackson Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer This year the Chosen Few Picnic expands into the two-day Chosen Few Music Festival. This is the first year in the festival’s 26-year history that event-goers will get to take in two full days of house music. The event first began in 1990 as a small reunion of friends, but(…)

DuSable Museum to host Black and Cuba Screening

 Herald Intern The DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., will host a free screening of the award-winning documentary, Black and Cuba tomorrow, Thursday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the museum theater. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Museum Director, Robin Hayes. Black(…)

KING at the Promontory

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern Three-woman group KING is performing at the Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue West, on July 8 as a benefit for the Betty Shabazz International Charter School. With what is described as a “dream soul sound,” the band released their first EP “The Story” in 2011. Last February, they released(…)

SECC offers grant to help business owners in Woodlawn

By SARAH PAN Herald Intern The South East Chicago Commission (SECC) is launching a new initiative to help business owners in the Woodlawn area: the Woodlawn Business Corridor Improvement Grant Program. The program will provide rebates to business owners within Cottage Grove and 63rd street, particularly to renew or beautify the location. Goals of this project(…)

John W. Rogers Sr. honored with street naming

The City of Chicago will be naming a section of 57th Street between Stony Island and Cornell Drive after the late John W. Rogers Sr. Rogers, who was a Hyde Park resident, was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. He flew 120 successful combat missions over Europe during World War II. In 2007, He was(…)

Creative Mansion Children’s Academy to close on Thursday

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern After twenty-five years in the community, Kenwood’s Creative Mansion Children’s Academy, 4745 S. Ellis Ave., will close permanently when the school year ends on Thursday, June 30. Owner Marjorie Jones had long planned to retire at the end of this year but did not decide to close the Mansion until(…)

Cancer, violence and STDS top list of health concerns for South Side residents

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A University of Chicago (U. of C.) Medicine community survey found that cancer, violence and sexually transmitted infections are among the top health concerns of South Side residents. The survey, titled the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), is mandated by The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and aims to(…)