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Mitchell launches reelection campaign

Mitchell launches reelection campaign

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) will be kicking off his reelection campaign for the 26th District at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at his campaign headquarters, 900 E. 47th St. Community leaders, grassroots organization and elected officials will stand alongside Mitchell as he announces his bid for reelection. In a(…)

Obama Foundation continues search for architect

Obama Foundation continues search for architect

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer One hundred and forty architecture firms are vying for control over the future design of the Obama Presidential Center, which will be located in either Jackson Park or Washington Park on Chicago’s South Side. On Sept. 18, The Barack Obama Foundation released a statement outlining the overall demographics of the(…)

Coalition: End of strike, but no end to fight

Coalition: End of strike, but no end to fight

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett addressed their 34-day hunger strike at a press conference on Monday evening. A group of parents and community members, who became known as the “Dyett 12,” ended their hunger strike on Saturday, Sept. 19. The hunger strikers began their strike to speak out(…)

Dyett advocates end hunger strike

Dyett advocates end hunger strike

The 12 members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett, who went on a hunger strike to keep Dyett High School an open-enrollment community school, have ended their fast, according to the Teachers for Social Justice website. The members, who began on Aug. 17, concluded their hunger strike on Sept. 19 after 34 days of fasting.(…)

Sheriff Dept. involved in Drexel Blvd. shooting

Sheriff Dept. involved in Drexel Blvd. shooting

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Over a dozen police cars cordoned off a section of the 5100 block of South Drexel Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon, following a shooting involving two on-duty Cook County Sheriff’s Department deputies. At approximately 3:50 p.m. in the 800 block of East Drexel Square Drive, according to police, two Cook County(…)

Children’s Book Fair returns for 29th year

Children’s Book Fair returns for 29th year

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer What started out as a back-to-school event has turned into an anticipated celebration that families and future book lovers look forward to every year. The Children’s Book Fair returns for its 29th year at the Downtown Hyde Park Fest on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The(…)

Burns: What does KOCO really want?

Burns: What does KOCO really want?

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer In response to the hunger strikers claims at yesterday’s press conference, Ald. Will Burns (4th) has shared some of his insight into the fight for Dyett. “There is a strategic element for the fight for Dyett High School,” Burns said. “The fight is not about whether the school will be(…)

Jazz Legend Willie Pickens to perform at annual festival

Jazz Legend Willie Pickens to perform at annual festival

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer The last weekend of September will see thousands of jazz fans flocking to Hyde Park for the ninth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Chicago’s finest jazz musicians will decorate the stages of various Hyde Park venues over the course of the free, two-day event. Perhaps the most anticipated concert of(…)

Personal trainer helps women endure fire department training

Personal trainer helps women endure fire department training

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A group of Hyde Park women have shown ultimate girl power by proving that working hard does pay off. Lionel Pate, certified personal trainer of Sophisticated Movement, trained 25 women, all in their 50s, for 8 months in preparation for the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) to become a Chicago(…)

Dyett hunger strike at day 30 and still counting

Dyett hunger strike at day 30 and still counting

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For one month, the Dyett hunger strikers have been fighting for quality education in their community. Even though Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced on Sept. 3 that they would keep Dyett High School open as an arts-based open enrollment neighborhood school, the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett does not see CPS’s(…)

South Side gets trauma center

South Side gets trauma center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer An adult level 1 trauma center is coming to the South Side of Chicago. In a statement released Sept. 10, University of Chicago (U. of C.)Medicine stated that it is partnering with Sinai Health System to bring trauma care services to the West Lawn neighborhood’s Holy Cross Hospital, 2701 W.(…)

Original owners of Rainbow Cleaners hands over business

Original owners of Rainbow Cleaners hands over business

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer For 29 years, Rainbow Cleaners has served the Hyde Park community, but the original owners have sold their business in order to retire. Chin Kee Chung and Hye Sook Chung opened their business on 1648 E. 53rd St. in 1986 and have decided to retire to spend more time with(…)

Axelrod talk at The Promontory

Axelrod talk at The Promontory

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer David Axelrod visited The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Ave., on Thursday, Sept. 3, for a conversation with John Bouman, President of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law. Shriver Center members and donors made up the small crowd that listened to Axelrod recount tales from his journey from Hyde Park(…)

New furniture store replaces Hyde Park clothing boutique on 53rd St.

New furniture store replaces Hyde Park clothing boutique on 53rd St.

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A new business is moving into the neighborhood on the northeast corner of 53rd Street and Harper Avenue. Modern Cooperative, a furniture and home accessories store, will be taking the place of the clothing boutique Anastasia at 1500 E. 53rd St. The store will also be utilizing the space currently(…)

City renders verdict on Dyett High School

City renders verdict on Dyett High School

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After an 18-day hunger strike that rocked a South Side community and caught the attention of the nation, the long-awaited decision has been made for Dyett High School. “Working with community partners, we arrived at a solution that meets multiple needs,” said a press release from Chicago Public Schools (CPS).(…)

Chicago Free School and City Elementary share a space

Chicago Free School and City Elementary share a space

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer At 8:15 a.m., students of the Chicago Free School, which is a private, democratically-run school serving grades pre-k through 8th, huddled on the steps of K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd. Lauren Beitler, the school’s founder, greeted students and parents as they arrived. This is Chicago Free(…)

The hunger strikers respond to Dyett decision with demands

The hunger strikers respond to Dyett decision with demands

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer A decision for Dyett has been made, but for the twelve hunger strikers, the fight isn’t over. On the 19th day of the hunger strike, a day after CPS announced that Dyett will be an arts-based open enrollment school, the hunger strikers held a press conference on the front lawn(…)

Reginald Sanson Funeral

Reginald Sanson Funeral

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Friends and family members gathered at United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St., on Friday morning for the funeral of Reginald Sanson. On Aug. 25, Sanson was shot to death in his car at 1500 E. 50th St. The case is unsolved, with no suspects in custody. Hundreds(…)

Dyett decision made

Dyett decision made

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer After an 18-day hunger strike that rocked a South Side community and caught the attention of the nation, the long-awaited decision has been made for Dyett High School. “Working with community partners, we arrived at a solution that meets multiple needs,” said a press release from Chicago Public Schools (CPS).(…)

Dyett dominates budget forum

Dyett dominates budget forum

BY ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer As part of a three-stop tour, Mayor Rahm Emanuel came to the South Side last night for his 2016 Budget Forum to an unsettled crowd. The meeting took place at 6:30 p.m. at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Dr. Even before the meeting started, the main topic(…)