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Holiday concert at Hyde Park Union Church

Holiday concert at Hyde Park Union Church

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Union Church is hosting a free holiday concert this weekend. Hyde Park’s Le Cantanti Di Chicago women’s choir, led by Dhilanthi Fernando will perform at the concert, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave.(…)

Chicago Urban League hosts forum on police

Chicago Urban League hosts forum on police

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Legal scholars and activists convened at the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan, Wednesday evening, to discuss the state of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and possible means of reform. The discussion, titled “Truth and Justice for All: Advancing Police and Community Accountability,” consisted of seven panelists, including University of(…)

Hunger strikers reflect, talk about next steps

Hunger strikers reflect, talk about next steps

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Advocates of the #Fight for Dyett campaign have been quiet since the 34-day hunger strike this summer, but the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett has been reflecting on the experience and planning its next steps. During a panel discussion, Thursday, at the University of Chicago building in Harper Court, 5235 S.(…)

Local activists: McCarthy’s resignation “not enough”

Local activists: McCarthy’s resignation “not enough”

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Following Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s resignation last Tuesday, Dec. 1, Hyde Park activists and politicians are calling for sweeping reforms of the Chicago Police Department (CPD). On Sunday, Dec. 6, Everloyce McCullough, a member of Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.), stood in Bixler Park at 57th and Kenwood recruiting local(…)

Travis’ run for Springfield

Travis’ run for Springfield

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer It was a close race in the 2014 election for the 26th District State Representative. State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) beat candidate Jay Travis by less than 6 percent. For the 2016 race, Travis is continuing her fight to Springfield. “We were able to build a racially diverse, multi-generational community(…)

Mitchell focuses on results

Mitchell focuses on results

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) is in the midst of his 2016 campaign. For this time around against candidate Jay Travis, Mitchell is emphasizing the results he has made in Springfield. “I think the major theme of this campaign is not just who is going to be an effective progressive,(…)

Rainbow PUSH welcomes DOJ investigation of CPD

Rainbow PUSH welcomes DOJ investigation of CPD

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer Rev. Jesse Jackson led a press conference Monday, at Rainbow PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., praising the move by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch an expansive investigation into the Chicago Police Department (CPD). U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday that the DOJ’s investigation will(…)

Uncertain future for Washington Park Vet Center

Uncertain future for Washington Park Vet Center

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A Washington Park organization serving Chicago’s homeless veterans is facing closure after being hit by the city with 38 building code violations. The organization’s founders suspect that the city’s scrutiny was motivated by parties interested in obtaining property surrounding the likely location of the Obama Presidential Center. The Remake The(…)

Einstein grand opening

Einstein grand opening

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Einstein Bros. Bagels, 5230 S. Harper Ct., has been welcomed in the neighborhood warmly since it first opened last month. On Thursday, Dec. 10, the store will officially be a part of Hyde Park at its grand opening event. From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., guests will receive a 10(…)

Domino’s operations suspended by public health department

Domino’s operations suspended by public health department

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer The Domino’s at 1453 E. Hyde Park Blvd. has been temporarily closed by the Chicago Department of Public Health. The department placed a notice on the storefront’s door Tuesday that stated that the pizza restaurant’s license has been suspended. Representatives from the Chicago Department of Public Health declined to comment(…)

Hyde Park responds to Laquan McDonald shooting

Hyde Park responds to Laquan McDonald shooting

By ALLISON MATYUS and SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writers Last week, Chicago held its breath while awaiting the outcome of a released video depicting a Chicago police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. On Oct. 20, 2014, McDonald was shot 16 times by Chicago Police Officer, Jason Van Dyke. Tuesday, Nov. 24, Van Dyke was charged with(…)

Security threat shuts down U. of C. campus

Security threat shuts down U. of C. campus

By SAM RAPPAPORT Staff Writer A threat of gun violence made by an anonymous Internet user prompted University of Chicago to cancel classes and increase security in the Hyde Park community Monday, Nov. 29. According to U. of C. President Robert Zimmer, FBI counterterrorism officials first informed the university of the threat on Sunday, Nov.(…)

Obama Foundation moves closer to home

Obama Foundation moves closer to home

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer Following yesterday’s announcement of the appointment of Michael Strautmanis as the new Vice President of Civic Engagement for the Obama Foundation, the foundation also announced its new location in Hyde Park. The Obama Foundation, which is currently located in the Loop at 300 E. Randolph St., will move to the(…)

Black Friday celebrations

Black Friday celebrations

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer On Friday, Nov. 27 two businesses will celebrate their success in Hyde Park. Sir & Madame, 5225 S. Harper Ct., will have an official grand opening party for their new location in Harper Court, and Litehouse Whole Food Grill, 1373 E. 53rd St., will celebrate three years of success in(…)

Rainbow PUSH hopes for peace

Rainbow PUSH hopes for peace

By ALLISON MATYUS Staff Writer While Chicago holds its breath for the possibility of violent outbreaks when the video of how 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was killed is released this evening, the local Rainbow PUSH Coalition is hoping for a more peaceful scenario. Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition, 930 E. 50th St.,(…)

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(…)