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Clarke’s supports Kenwood kids

Clarke’s supports Kenwood kids

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kenwood Academy High School art students are taking their art beyond the school walls to the neighborhood diner. The drawings, photographs, digital collages and paintings of 14 members of the National Arts Honors Society at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., are on display at Clarke’s Diner, 1447 E. 53rd(…)

Mitchell co-sponsors state audit of KOCO

Mitchell co-sponsors state audit of KOCO

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Kenwood Oakland Community Conference (KOCO) said last Tuesday it was ready to comply with a state audit, but that it had questions about the political motivations at play. On April 17 the Illinois House unanimously passed HR 324, which calls for an audit of the group. The resolution –(…)

Wooded Isle five-year closure option only

Wooded Isle five-year closure option only

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A contractor has the option to keep Wooded Isle closed for five years until Jackson Park is fully restored, but is seeking to reopen it earlier. The island was closed to pedestrians two weeks ago as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ restoration of Jackson Park. The project(…)

Locals protest Currie’s vote on bill

Locals protest Currie’s vote on bill

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) riled local education activists last week for opposing a bill that would let students opt out of taking state administered tests. HB 306 – introduced by state Rep. Will Guzzardi in January – is currently under consideration in the Illinois House. Last Monday, Currie(…)

Campus police bill passes House

Campus police bill passes House

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Illinois House on Friday passed HB 3932, legislation that would require private campus police to release the same information as municipal police. The bill – introduced in February by state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25) and co-sponsored by state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) – passed unanimously. The bill was(…)

More lighting, new signage on 57th Street approved by majority in new survey

More lighting, new signage on 57th Street approved by majority in new survey

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The results are in from the South East Chicago Commission’s (SECC) survey on proposed changes to 57th Street. At a public meeting last Monday at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave., design consultants discussed the survey, which was circulated online by the SECC and the 5th Ward office. The questionnaire(…)

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club brings back annual pancake breakfast

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club brings back annual pancake breakfast

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Remember when the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club used to invite the entire neighborhood over for breakfast with local elected officials? Well, those days have returned. After a three-year hiatus, the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5460 S. Kenwood Ave., is restarting its annual Pancake Breakfast. From 8 a.m. to(…)

Garcia loses Hyde Park, fares better locally than citywide again

Garcia loses Hyde Park, fares better locally than citywide again

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parkers picked Mayor Rahm Emanuel over challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia last week for a second time, but again by a smaller margin than across the city. An analysis of election results in Hyde Park and South Kenwood shows that Emanuel beat Garcia here 53.75 percent to 46.25 percent. Emanuel(…)

“Under City Stone” mural at 55th Street getting a boost

“Under City Stone” mural at 55th Street getting a boost

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement is funding the restoration of a mural in the 55th Street viaduct this summer. Wisconsin-based artist and former Hyde Parker Caryl Yasko will lead the restoration of her 1972 mural, “Under City Stone,” according to Nika Levando, director of Neighborhood Initiatives for(…)

Two-way traffic and new signage on 57th Street to be explored in online poll, meeting

Two-way traffic and new signage on 57th Street to be explored in online poll, meeting

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Major changes may be in the works for 57th Street. A public meeting to discuss the possibilities will take place at 6 p.m. on April 13, at University Church, 5655 S. University Ave. The South East Chicago Commission and Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) office have been circulating a survey via(…)

Kozminski Elementary ripe for new community garden

Kozminski Elementary ripe for new community garden

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Kozminski Elementary School is expanding its learning experiences to the outdoors with a community garden, which is expected to be complete by June. Kozminski, 936 E. 54th St., in partnership with Openlands, an organization that protects natural habitats and wildlife in Illinois, will create a 2,000-square-foot community garden on(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston, state Rep. Christian Mitchell split on mayoral endorsements

Alderman Leslie Hairston, state Rep. Christian Mitchell split on mayoral endorsements

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Two Hyde Park politicians split on mayoral endorsements this week. State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) came out in support of incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) backed opponent Jesus Chuy Garcia. Hairston’s campaign announced her support for Garcia in a brief e-mail Wednesday night, followed by a(…)

In the Morgan Shoal, local educators and naturalists see a valuable resource

In the Morgan Shoal, local educators and naturalists see a valuable resource

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer While the Chicago Park District has plans to redo much of the lakefront from 45th to 51st streets, some Hyde Parkers want to take extra steps to protect the natural resources that are a little harder to see. Greg Lane swims in the lake every day even through the winter.(…)

Alderman Leslie Hairston forming new advisory councils for 5th Ward

Alderman Leslie Hairston forming new advisory councils for 5th Ward

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer In her first public meeting since last month’s election, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) shared plans to create four new advisory councils. Hairston invited constituents to join the new groups last Tuesday at Chicago Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave. Their focuses will include the 71st/Stony Island TIF, zoning along 71st(…)

University of Chicago, Illinois Attorney General weighing in on bill aimed at campus police

University of Chicago, Illinois Attorney General weighing in on bill aimed at campus police

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer A new bill that would require the University of Chicago Police Department to publicly disclose arrests could still change, according to state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-25). House sponsors Currie and state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) say the intent behind HB 3932 — inspired by community discussion surrounding the University(…)

Akiba-Schechter teachers headed to Italy to study preschool education

Akiba-Schechter teachers headed to Italy to study preschool education

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Three teachers from Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School will travel to Italy to study its preschool methods. Susan Carton, Arun Srimani and Kelli Harris, preschool teachers at Akiba-Schechter, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., will travel to Reggio Emilia, Italy, this month on a four-day trip to observe the town’s early childhood(…)

Emanuel beat Garcia by a smaller margin in Hyde Park, analysis shows

Emanuel beat Garcia by a smaller margin in Hyde Park, analysis shows

Jeffrey Bishku-Aykul By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Mayor Rahm Emanuel may need to try harder to win local votes in next month’s runoff election. Emanuel beat challenger Jesus Chuy Garcia in the Hyde Park-South Kenwood area by a smaller margin than in the city overall, an analysis of February’s election results show. Across the city,(…)

Wicker Park’s Silver Room to relocate in Hyde Park next month

Wicker Park’s Silver Room to relocate in Hyde Park next month

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Wicker Park boutique The Silver Room, a longtime cultural hub, will soon call Hyde Park home. Entrepreneur Eric Williams will move and reopen permanently on April 2 in the former location of pop-up store Neighborly, 1506 E. 53rd St. The University of Chicago will be his landlord. Since he opened(…)

Ald. Will Burns says Michael Reese site unfit for Obama Library, despite parkland controversy

Ald. Will Burns says Michael Reese site unfit for Obama Library, despite parkland controversy

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Though the vacant lot where Michael Reese Hospital once stood has already been ruled out as a potential site for the Obama Library, some Chicagoans are urging reconsideration of the location. Ald. Will Burns (4th) disagrees, maintaining that it lacks accessibility. The Obama Foundation rejected the 48-acre space last fall(…)

After a global search, Lab picks local as middle school principal

After a global search, Lab picks local as middle school principal

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer Sandy Bixby was appointed to the position of middle school principal at University of Chicago Laboratory School. This is a promotion for Bixby, who has been a member of the school’s science department since 2007. A search advisory committee at Lab, 1362 E. 59th St., has spent the last(…)