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Kenwood High School Broncos advance to city championship

Kenwood High School Broncos advance to city championship

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer For the first time in school history, the Kenwood Broncos Boys basketball team advanced to the 2016 Chicago Public League City Championship game with a 52-51 victory over Red Central conference foes Curie Academy. “I understood we had history on the line and I wanted to do everything in my(…)

4th Ward talks politics of past, looks to better future

4th Ward talks politics of past, looks to better future

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Residents of the 4th Ward and neighboring communities gathered together Monday night to begin the conversation about what they want in their next alderman. On Feb. 1, Ald. Will Burns (4th) announced that he would step down from his position on March 1 to become the senior advisor and director(…)

Shrine of Christ responds to Archdiocese with video

Shrine of Christ responds to Archdiocese with video

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Coalition to Save The Shrine has released a statement and video in response to the Archdiocese’s recent procurement of a demolition permit for the Shrine of Christ the King Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn Ave. While the Archdiocese said that it will remain in dialogue with the leadership of Shrine(…)

Drive-by shooting injures two in Hyde Park

Drive-by shooting injures two in Hyde Park

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A drive-by shooting near downtown Hyde Park on Sunday, Feb. 21, has left two people hospitalized, according to Chicago police. The incident occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m., when an unknown suspect in a green Jeep Cherokee opened fire on a passing vehicle in the 5300 block of S. Harper Ave.,(…)

Protesters force Alvarez off U. of C. campus

Protesters force Alvarez off U. of C. campus

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A group of protesters shut down an event with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez at the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) Institute of Politics (IOP), 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave., Wednesday, Feb. 17. Alvarez visited the IOP on Wednesday to defend her resume and field questions from students. She(…)

Kenwood, CPS schools protest with morning “walk-in”

Kenwood, CPS schools protest with morning “walk-in”

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School was one of about 100 public schools across Chicago this morning to participate in a “walk-in” hosted by the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU). At 8:15 a.m., around 100 people gathered outside of Kenwood, 5105 S. Blackstone Ave., at 51st Street and Harper Avenue to stand in(…)

Hundreds attend annual Folk Festival at U. of C.

Hundreds attend annual Folk Festival at U. of C.

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The 56th Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival drew hundreds of students and community members to Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., last weekend for two days of workshops, lectures and performances by dozens of folk bands. Despite being cut down to two days, Feb. 13-14, from the festival’s normal(…)

I-House graduate residents fight displacement

I-House graduate residents fight displacement

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer In 1932, John D. Rockefeller founded the University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) International House (I-House), 1414 E. 59th St., with the express mission of providing “students of different nationalities and diverse cultures with the opportunity to live and learn together in a community of mutual respect, understanding and international(…)

Project 120 talks Jackson, Washington Parks

Project 120 talks Jackson, Washington Parks

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer O’Donnell said that the high speeds of cars cutting through Washington Park via 55th St. have made the area unsafe for pedestrians. “This is a park, not a highway,” she said. “We want to discourage high-speed travelers.” O’Donnell suggested road diets and revamped cross-walks as possible solutions for a more(…)

Landmark church on the brink of restoration

Landmark church on 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 group hopes to encourage community

Hyde Park group hopes to encourage community

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An organizational meeting for a new anti-violence initiative showed that Hyde Park has a ways to travel before it embraces an inclusive vision of community. Hyde Park resident Michelle Hoffman arranged the meeting, which was held at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., on Sunday, Feb.(…)

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(…)