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Community members announce run for 4th Ward Ald.

Community members announce run for 4th Ward Ald.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The special election for the 4th Ward Alderman is still six months away, but candidates are already lining up in hopes of landing on the Feb. 28 ballot. Former alderman Will Burns resigned in March, and since then, community members have been focusing on the future aldermanic leadership for the(…)

South Side hosts first police accountability community hearing

South Side hosts first police accountability community hearing

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern Outrage over police violence has rocked the nation recently, and, since the November 2015 release of a video in which 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer, the Windy City has been right in the middle of it all. Less than a mile away from(…)

Hyde Park Farmers Market attendance increases

Hyde Park Farmers Market attendance increases

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Herald Intern After four years at Harold Washington Playlot Park (2010-2014), 5200 S. Hyde Park Blvd., the South East Chicago Commission/Special Service Area of Hyde Park-sponsored (SECC/SSA) Farmers Market returned last summer to Harper Court, 5235 S. Harper Ct., where it had been originally. Since then, attendance has increased, according to SSA(…)

Former “Fly Girl” leads acting workshop at HPNC

Former “Fly Girl” leads acting workshop at HPNC

Jossie Harris Thacker, who was one of Keenan Ivory Wayans’ dancing “Fly Girls” on the comedy show “In Living Color,” will be teaching an acting class for youth at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC). Harris Thacker, who is now an award-winning actress, will lead her first W.A.Y. (Who Are You) acting class from 10(…)

City leaders expect Obama Presidential Center to draw visitors from around the globe

City leaders expect Obama Presidential Center to draw visitors from around the globe

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At a Wednesday morning press conferences on the steps of the Museum of Science and Industry, city and community leaders promised a new wave of economic development would accompany the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) to the South Side. The presentation included comments from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama Foundation Chair Martin(…)

12-year-old missing girl found

12-year-old missing girl found

By SONIA SCHLESINGER Hearld Intern The 12-year-old girl, who went missing from Hyde Park Tuesday, Aug. 2, has been found, according to the Chicago Police Department. The girl, Shaniah Everhart, had last been seen on Monday, Aug. 1 at 54th Street and Ingleside Avenue and often played basketball, according to the police. The police could(…)

Hales Franciscan High School suspends school year

Hales Franciscan High School suspends school year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hales Franciscan High School announced on Wednesday, July 27, that it is suspending its upcoming 2016-2017 school year. The school’s board of directors made the decision to suspend next year’s programs but will resume in the 2017-2018 school year. According to Melody Spann Cooper, the chairwoman of the Hales Franciscan(…)

12-year-old girl missing from Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff writer A 12-year-old girl has gone missing from Hyde Park, according to police. Shaniah Everhart was last seen Monday, Aug. 1, in the 5400 block of South Ingleside Avenue. Police describe her as Black, 5’3″, 118 lbs. with brown eyes. When last seen, she was wearing a gray “Mickey Mouse” shirt,(…)

Murray assistant principal leaves for new position

Murray assistant principal leaves for new position

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Rhonda Butler, the assistant principal at Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., will not return to Murray for the 2016-17 school year. Butler has accepted a principal position at Black Magnet School, 9101 S. Euclid Ave., near the South Chicago neighborhood. In May of this year, Murray Principal Gregory(…)

Community benefits main concern in Obama Library installation

Community benefits main concern in Obama Library installation

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer At Wednesday night’s town hall meeting regarding the Obama Presidential Library, residents talked about creating a Community Benefits Agreement with the foundation connected to the incoming library. Early Wednesday, Jackson Park was announced as the site for the future Obama Library. The meeting, hosted by Southside Together Organization for Power(…)

Jackson Park chosen as home to Obama Presidential Center

Jackson Park chosen as home to Obama Presidential Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Jackson Park will be home to the Obama Presidential Center, according to a source familiar with the selection process. The 500-acre park, located at 6401 S. Stony Island Ave., apparently won out over the alternative site of Washington Park. Since its decision to house the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s(…)