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Historic Jackson Park bridge faces long road to restoration

Historic Jackson Park bridge faces long road to restoration

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer With construction on Wooden Island scheduled for completion in six months, the condition of the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge is posed to inconvenience many Chicagoans hoping to experience a revamped Jackson Park. Five years ago, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) called into question the safety of the Darrow Bridge,(…)

U. of C. celebrates national labs

U. of C. celebrates national labs

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel and University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer kicked off an event titled “The University of Chicago and Affiliated Laboratories: Powerful Partners in Transformative Science” on Friday, Nov. 13, by pointing to the continued prominence of the university as a national leader is scientific developments. The event, which(…)

Independent hotel reopens as La Quinta

Independent hotel reopens as La Quinta

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A ribbon cutting ceremony last month marked the official transformation of the former Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, 4900 S. Lake Shore Dr., into a La Quinta Inn. The building recently pulled through a 2-year period of renovations aimed at modernizing the facility. The new hotel is equipped with a breakfast(…)

Local musician releases sixth album

Local musician releases sixth album

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Multi-genre pianist and singer William Kurk, who describes himself as an “Urban-contemporary” musician, is getting ready to release his sixth album, titled “Legacy,” on Monday, Nov. 16. The South Shore native and Hales Franciscan graduate said this his forthcoming album, which is entirely composed of cover songs, pays homage to(…)

Good government group makes stop in Hyde Park

Good government group makes stop in Hyde Park

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Hyde Park has a long standing history of breeding politicians and political figures. But with any politics comes some form of financial corruption or deceit from candidates and their campaigns. RunClean.org is trying to change that. On Sunday at the Southside Hub of Production (SHoP), 1448 E. 57th St., RunClean(…)

Scope of police questioned in U. of C. lectures

Scope of police questioned in U. of C. lectures

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Policing isn’t working. This was the tacit agreement underlying a series of criminal justice-themed lectures at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Law School, last week. On Thursday, Nov 5., Lori Lightfoot, president of the Chicago Police Board, a quasi-judicial body that decides the guilt or innocence of police(…)

Hyde Park Players’ latest play will leave audiences spell-bound

Hyde Park Players’ latest play will leave audiences spell-bound

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Community Players are showing off their acting, and spelling, skills in their latest production. On Nov. 13, the players will begin their six-show run of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which will come alive on stage at the University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. Community(…)

Police misconduct records released to the public

Police misconduct records released to the public

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Misconduct complaint records for over 8,500 Chicago Police officers are now easily accessible to the public through an online database launched today by the Invisible Institute, a journalism production company located at 6100 S. Blackstone Ave. The database is titled “the Citizens Police Data Project” and is available at cpdb.co.(…)

Timuel Black to receive honors from the Urban League

Timuel Black to receive honors from the Urban League

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Long time Bronzeville resident Timuel Black is receiving the significant honor of The Edwin C. “Bill” Berry Civil Rights Award at the Chicago Urban League’s 54th Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner. Each year, the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave., honors those who have left a positive and lasting impact(…)

Program highlights power of women

Program highlights power of women

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Once a month, a group of women meet to talk about inspiration, creativity and resources in their field of work. Although these women’s careers range from designer to musician, and small business owner to photographer, these women all share one common thing: they are all a female boss. The Chicago(…)

Fight erupts in store

Fight erupts in store

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Joush Om, the owner of Valley of Jordan Food, 1009 E. 53rd St., was arrested last Friday, Oct. 23, following an argument with a 12-year-old middle school student. Ebony Byrd Wesley, the boy’s mother, said that after her son used only pennies to pay for a ten cent piece of(…)

Boutique hotel meeting talks design and parking

Boutique hotel meeting talks design and parking

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The second meeting for the boutique hotel proposal for 53rd Street and Dorchester Avenue took place last night to discuss the design’s concept and to address the pressing concerns of the community. GREC Architects presented a design rendering for what the seven-story hotel might look like. Greg Randall, from GREC(…)

Hyde Park Junior Spartans Football Makes Impact On The Community


Hyde Park Junior Spartans Football Makes Impact On The Community


By JOSEPH PHILLIPS Sports Writer The Hyde Park Junior Spartans hosted the Gators of Garfield Park in a highly anticipated first round playoff match-up, Saturday, Oct. 31., at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Ave. The team boasts some of the top talent of the Chicago South Town United Youth Football League (UYFL).(…)

Student organization continues action against UCPD

Student organization continues action against UCPD

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The Campaign for Equitable Policing (CEP), a student-led organization at the University of Chicago, held a series of events last week with the ultimate goal of encouraging reforms within the university-appointed committee charged with reviewing complaints brought against the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). The CEP’s week of teach-ins,(…)

FBI head visits U. of C. campus

FBI head visits U. of C. campus

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer An affluent alumnus returned to his alma mater at the University of Chicago (U. of C.) Law School on Friday to discuss important and controversial topics of today’s criminal justice system. James Comey, director of the FBI, graduated in 1985 from the U. of C. Law School. He returned to(…)

Star got his start in Hyde Park

Star got his start in Hyde Park

By MARISSA WARNER Special Contributor Stephen Bishop has gained well-earned notoriety as the breakout star of the BET drama “Being Mary Jane” (BMJ). While he continues to branch out in Hollywood, very few may know about his Hyde Park roots. Bishop can recall breaking for lunch at Murray Elementary School, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., and(…)

HPNC providing space for young athletes

HPNC providing space for young athletes

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, Wan’Yae Kelly, a Kenwood Academy sophomore, was the only person present on the empty, hardwood-floored basketball court in the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. Closer to 5 p.m., a stream of about 15 high school students filled the gymnasium.(…)

Protestors call for more democracy for education decisions

Protestors call for more democracy for education decisions

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A group rallied against the privatization of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) outside of Ald. Will Burns (4th) office this morning in response to the recent charter school moratorium. On Sept. 24, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) called for a halt on charter school expansion. 42 out of 50 aldermen from across(…)

Local bazaar benefits across seas

Local bazaar benefits across seas

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Sunday, a Middle-Eastern Coffee Hour and Syrian Bazaar took place at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Items sold benefited mothers and children who have lost their homes in the Syrian Civil War, which has lasted over five years. “Despite all of what is happening in(…)

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust explores Jens Jensen

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust explores Jens Jensen

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer As Frank Lloyd Wright was pioneering American architecture in the early 20th century, Jens Jensen was trailblazing the future of landscape design. On Nov. 12 in Hyde Park, Chicago Park District Historian and Preservationist Julia Bachrach will explore the relationship between Wright, his contemporaries and Jensen in a presentation titled(…)