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Citywide festival moved to Jackson Park

Citywide festival moved to Jackson Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Tens of thousands of millennials will converge on Jackson Park this summer for Chicago’s fifth annual Spring Awakening music festival. In previous years, the event was held at Soldier’s Field, but this summer’s arrival of an international soccer tournament in the stadium forced the electronic music festival to find a(…)

Tillman  takes on Republican ticket for 1st Congressional race

Tillman takes on Republican ticket for 1st Congressional race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The 1st Congressional District has had a Democratic leader for the past 81 years. Republican candidate, Jimmy Lee Tillman II, is trying to change that. Tillman is an African American Republican and is trying to represent the minority in the majority of Congress. “We have a Republican majority and it’s(…)

Landmark church at the brink of restoration

Landmark church at the brink of restoration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Supporters of a historic Woodlawn church currently facing demolition have secured the funds necessary to stabilize the fire-ravaged building. Parishioners, community members and non-profit leaders announced the development at a press conference on Monday, Feb. 8, just outside St. Gelasius Church, which, up until the building caught fire in October(…)

Hyde Park bank robbed twice in three weeks

Hyde Park bank robbed twice in three weeks

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The FBI is asking the public for assistance in identifying and locating a man suspected of carrying out five bank robberies within the past three weeks. The Hyde Park branch of Chase Bank, 1204 E. 53rd St., is where two of those robberies occurred. The most recent took place on(…)

Street artist gets gallery gig in City Hyde Park

Street artist gets gallery gig in City Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A local artist is getting a second chance at showcasing his art on the City Hyde Park development; only this time, it’s allowed. Seven pieces of Joel Maxime’s series, “Hair-a-tage” are being displayed on the window panels of the City Hyde Park development, 5105 S. Harper Ave., facing the Harper(…)

Travis gains support in race

Travis gains support in race

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It’s less than two months until the Illinois primary elections, and Jay Travis, candidate for state representative of the 26th District, is gaining momentum in her campaign. Travis has obtained notable supporters throughout her campaign, the most recent being Citizen Action/Illinois, a public interest group that has been at the(…)

Mitchell is voter focused

Mitchell is voter focused

By Allison Matyus Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) is spending the remainder of the election reaching out to every single voter in the district. That’s about 27-30,000 registered voters, but that’s easy for Mitchell with his support team backing him up. Every Saturday morning, a team of about 60 of Mitchell’s supporters, endorsers(…)

Officials met with resistance at Washington Park Town Hall

Officials met with resistance at Washington Park Town Hall

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The ire of a number of Washington Park residents upset with their public officials and the state of their neighborhood was on display Saturday, Jan. 30, at a Town Hall meeting held in Gorham United Methodist Church, 5600 S. Indiana Ave. The Washington Park Chamber of Commerce hosted the meeting,(…)

Burns steps down as alderman to take new job in private sector

Burns steps down as alderman to take new job in private sector

Ald. Will Burns (4th) is stepping on March 1. The news was confirmed by multiple sources Sunday night. Burns is leaving the city council to work in the private sector at AirBnB, a San Francisco – based company that enables homeowners to list their properties for temporary rental on the web. “Alderman Burns will be(…)

U. of C. Dems take part in the 2016 race through debate

U. of C. Dems take part in the 2016 race through debate

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While the nation is awaiting the last two democratic debates on Feb. 11 and March 9 before the primary elections, the University of Chicago Democrats (UC Dems) are jumping into the political heat. The UC Dems are a student-run organization of the University of Chicago (U. of C.) that was(…)

Revels prepare for 2016 show at Quadrangle Club

Revels prepare for 2016 show at Quadrangle Club

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer What started as a long-standing tradition of satirical comedy poking fun at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) and its inhabitant’s returns for the Quadrangle Club’s 2016 Revels. This year’s show titled, “Grand Hotel Parc Cache-Cache” follows some of the presidential candidates and their plot to take over a(…)

Orchestra in Indonesia formed by Hyde Parkers is making a big impact

Orchestra in Indonesia formed by Hyde Parkers is making a big impact

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Jan. 12, two Hyde Park residents, Michael Hall and Robert Nordling, set out for Bandung, Indonesia, to create the city’s first professional Orchestra. Hall, a violist, and Nordling, a conductor, have been organizing the endeavor for over a year. The idea surfaced after Nordling received a call from his(…)

Supreme Jewelers to be closed

Supreme Jewelers to be closed

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Supreme Jewelers will be closing its doors after 68 years of serving the community as a quality, jewelry store in Hyde Park. Owner Michael McGuire said that the store will be closing on March 31. “I thought long and hard about it, but I have been doing this since 1959(…)

U.S. Secretary of Labor speaks at U. of C.

U.S. Secretary of Labor speaks at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer United States Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez visited the the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., Thursday, Jan. 21, to speak on an economic movement he calls “Conscious Capitalism” and how it is driving America toward a vision of ‘shared prosperity.’ Perez appeared in conversation with(…)

Coalition questions speedy church demolition

Coalition questions speedy church demolition

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer On Sunday, Jan. 17, community residents and parishioners of Shrine of Christ the King gathered in the auditorium of First Presbyterian, 6400 S. Kimbark Ave., to discuss the fate of a historic Woodlawn church that faces imminent demolition. The congregation of Shrine of Christ the King was displaced from 6401(…)

Treasure Island pipe burst

Treasure Island pipe burst

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Pedestrian and car traffic near Treasure Island Foods was rerouted today due to a burst pipe in the grocery store. The burst happened in a small room on the northeast side of the store, according to a representative from Treasure Island Foods, 1526 E. 55th St. Water flowed into the(…)

Anti-Violence organization finds support in Hyde Park

Anti-Violence organization finds support in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The South Side anti-violence organization Mother’s Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.) celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day by inviting children from across Chicago to dialogue with each other on issues of social justice. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, M.A.S.K. organizers working out of KAM Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde(…)

Art from behind bars

Art from behind bars

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) is showcasing work from behind prison bars at its latest exhibit, “Weight of Rage.” The “Weight of Rage” features poetry, paintings, sketches, stories and more of the incarcerated at Stateville Prison in Crest Hill, Ill. The exhibit officially kicked off on Saturday at an(…)

53rd St. Chase Bank robbery

53rd St. Chase Bank robbery

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Chicago Police Department is investigating a robbery that happened at Chase Bank, 1204 E. 53rd St., Wednesday evening. According to Chicago Police, on Jan. 13, at about 5:55 p.m. a Black male in his 20s wearing a gray jacket entered the bank and announced the robbery while implying that(…)

Murray principal to be retained

Murray principal to be retained

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A unanimous vote of nine to zero resulted in the retaining of Murray Elementary School principal, Gregory Mason, at Wednesday night’s Local School Council (LSC) meeting. The open meeting began at 5:30 p.m. at Murray, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., where 10 people spoke on Mason’s accomplishments and handling of the(…)