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Low turnout blamed for participatory budgeting ending

Low turnout blamed for participatory budgeting ending

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Hyde Parkers met Ald. Leslie Hairston’s decision not to continue the 5th Ward’s participatory budgeting (PB) program this year with a mixed reaction. The 5th Ward’s experiment with PB — a political process born in Brazil in the late ’80s, in which constituents decide how their district’s money is spent(…)

CAC drive on

CAC drive on

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HP-K CC) Schools Committee is searching for parents, principals, elected officials, faith-based leaders and more community members to help it form a Hyde Park Community Action Council (CAC). A majority of those in attendance at the conference’s Schools Committee meeting last Wednesday at Kenwood(…)

Millions for bird scheme

Millions for bird scheme

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is seeking to rehabilitate Jackson Park over the next five years. USACE is exploring a plan to restore around 160 acres of Jackson Park, beginning this year and lasting through 2019. The project, aimed at removing invasive species and introducing native vegetation, is(…)

Yusho opening soon, Merges says

Yusho opening soon, Merges says

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer   Chef Matthias Merges said he expects the Hyde Park location of his Avondale Japanese restaurant Yusho to open this summer. On Dec. 17, a lawsuit originally filed in August challenging a University of Chicago-backed petition calling for the sale of alcohol in the area was dismissed. The lawsuit, filed(…)

Hairston closes budget books

Hairston closes budget books

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Ald. Hairston (5th) has ended her ward’s participatory budgeting (PB) program. According to Hairston — the first South Side alderman to give her constituents a choice to vote on how to spend more than $1 million in annual discretionary funds — the decision to put a halt to the district’s experiment(…)

How Wright came to Kenwood

How Wright came to Kenwood

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer Frank Lloyd Wright came to Chicago when he was just a teenager. By the time he was 24-years-old he was designing his first houses, with the budget and support to explore his aesthetic choices. Dozens of Kenwood residents came to an informational meeting on the Blossom and McArthur houses, hosted(…)

Locals hear details on cost to restore two homes at risk

Locals hear details on cost to restore two homes at risk

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer To restore the decaying Frank Lloyd Wright houses at the center of a controversy in South Kenwood will take between $4 and $5 million, in addition to their purchase prices. The Blossom and McArthur houses have languished on the real estate market since fall of 2012. The McArthur house, 4852(…)

Mitchell ready for March opponent

Mitchell ready for March opponent

By JEFRREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer Illinois’ youngest state legislator, state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26), will face off in next March’s state primary with former Kenwood Oakland Community Organization Executive Director Jay Travis. But the 27-year-old incumbent — who is seeking a second term to represent the district including parts of Hyde Park, Kenwood, downtown and(…)